What makes this moment in time so pivotal is that inequities and environmental degradation tend to increase after recessions. By investing in social enterprises today, we can help them be ready to integrate into the post-COVID recovery to better distribute wealth while using regenerative business models to address the ongoing environmental crisis.
-Mark Horoszowski, CEO and Co-Founder of MovingWorlds, SPC
Over the last 9 years, we’ve seen how essential communities of practice are to individuals and organizations intent on scaling impact. With S-GRID, we can help build the capacity of employees behind the social enterprises that will push business to be more sustainable and equitable for years to come. The program will give participants access to a community where they can discuss complex problems and design solutions, ensuring their ideas are truly scalable and world-changing.
-Cole Hoover, Director of the MovingWorlds Institute
S-GRID is the first program of its kind to help social enterprises build the skills, know-how, and connections needed to participate in global supply chains, and in a way they can truly deliver social impact. With the socio-economic implications of COVID-19 hitting social enterprises across the world especially hard, SAP is doubling down on its long-standing commitment to accelerating the social enterprise sector through access to talent, technology and markets. SAP has a powerful platform to help the private sector put their money where their purpose is and scale the social enterprise sector. Corporations today spend trillions of dollars - 3 trillion on SAP Ariba’s platform alone - related to sourcing and distribution chains. Imagine the positive impact that could be made through procurement spend if just a few percent is directed towards social-first organizations.
-Alexandra van der Ploeg, Head of SAP Corporate Social Responsibility
As a start-up we have participated in many accelerators but we are particularly keen to apply for S-GRID. We are excited by the prospect of whole team training but especially the potential to form strategic corporate partnerships. Building meaningful connections in the corporate sphere is a challenge faced by all small enterprises. As such, we are looking forward to exploring how S-GRID is able to accelerate and foster these connections so we can focus on what we do best - providing water to those at the forefront of the water crisis.
-Louise Bleach, Business Development Manager, Desolenator
We're applying to S-GRID so we can make a bigger impact. It's the only program that offers any and every member of our team training and support so that we can scale our sales and operations to effectively partner with the corporate sector. S-GRID has the potential to save us time and costs so that we can focus on our mission of cleaning the oceans, while also building a sustainable economy.
-Pete Ceglinski, CEO, Seabin
This solves a huge problem for social enterprises to scale - we need more knowledge, experience, and resources. Not just to partner with the international companies that everybody knows, but more importantly, to connect with all the organizations across a company's network that are part of these global supply chains. If corporations want to create change on the ground, they need to find a local solution to partner with and support, and S-GRID helps them do that.
-Henri Nyakarundi, Founder and CEO, A.R.E.D.
In VillageCapital’s accelerator programs, we prioritize 1-1 meetings between social entrepreneurs and corporate leaders because social enterprises often have great products but lack access to decision-makers in their sector's distribution/value chain, making it harder to scale to world-changing impact. S-GRID is an important program that will help solve this problem: assist social entrepreneurs in building the social capital they need to connect to corporate value chains.
-Allie Burns, CEO, VillageCapital
The S-GRID program fundamentally shifts how social enterprises are thinking about scale beyond the enterprise itself. There's an opportunity to enable corporations who are already shifting from a shareholder to stakeholder-view of capitalism to reconceptualize their value chains to incorporate more local social enterprises that are committed to doing good. Now that's impact at scale!
-Nate Wong, Interim Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University