iBAN blue collaborates with a core set of pioneering organizations that are committed to thought leadership and knowledge exchange in the inclusive business space. Our knowledge partners help us identify and share practical information and insights from inclusive business implementation.
Our knowledge partners
Ashoka identifies and supports the world's leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an "everyone a changemaker world." Today, Ashoka operates in more than 90 countries on every continent, having elected more than 3,500 Ashoka Fellows worldwide.
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
As the only comprehensive funders' network in Asia, AVPN is a leading ecosystem builder for the social investment sector with 500+ members across 32 countries. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement toward a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.
Business Call to Action
The Business Call to Action challenges companies to develop innovative business models that achieve commercial success and development outcomes. It is a multilateral alliance between key donor governments including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme — which hosts the secretariat.
Business Fights Poverty
Founded over 10 years ago, Business Fights Poverty harnesses the power of collaboration to help business unlock new opportunities for social impact. Business Fights Poverty brings together the best people from across our network and beyond to help businesses tackle the social impact challenges they are facing right now. Accelerating progress towards the world envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals, and defending the progress already made, means we must collaborate more deeply, more effectively and more urgently than ever. Business Fights Poverty is a Founding UK B Corp, reflecting the social mission and core values that sit at the heart of our organisation. B Corps are certified by B Lab to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
Corporate Venturing SDG
Corporate Venturing is a strategic approach by which companies can engage with entrepreneurs to bring new ideas and energy into the business. These partnerships provide a pathway to invest in innovation and deepen long-term strategies that deliver profit and purpose. As the ‘purpose’ aspect of these ventures takes on greater attention and importance – increasingly driven by the SDGs - more stakeholders from other sectors, i.e. policy makers, impact investors, social entrepreneurs/inclusive businesses, and leaders from non-profit organisations, are seeking to engage and collaborate with corporate venturing practitioners. This heightened interest in cross-sector engagement holds significant potential—both in a traditional investment and innovation sense, as well as in terms of societal impact and outcomes. The need is to develop a dedicated repository of information on corporate venturing that includes: objectives, roles, and ways of interacting with numerous stakeholders from diverse disciplines to enhance learning and understanding and to foster greater adoption.
Endeva’s mission is to inspire and enable enterprise solutions for development challenges. As an independent institute, endeva works closely with partners from all sectors, including development agencies, foundations, universities, and companies both large and small. Together with its partners, the institute builds, shares and applies knowledge about how to develop and implement inclusive business models. Endeva has completed a variety of projects on inclusive business, including publications, workshops and trainings, consulting projects as well as projects on the ground.
Inclusive Business Sweden
Inclusive Business Sweden (IBS) is a not-for-profit centre whose mission is to enable business to meet global development needs. We engage and support organizations in developing sustainable, innovative and inclusive business models with the so-called “base of the pyramid” (BoP) – the 4.5 billion people who live on less than $8 a day. Since 2013, we have been working towards our goals by delivering collaborative programmes and direct business services, both locally and globally. At Inclusive Business Sweden, we are making it our business to end poverty.
D-Lab, located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is building a global network of innovators to design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty. The program’s mission is pursued through interdisciplinary courses, technology development, and community initiatives, all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, and scalability.
Founded in 2002 by Amy Smith, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (and MacArthur Fellow), D-Lab has developed 21 MIT courses and a range of technologies and processes, including community water testing and treatment systems, human powered agricultural processing machines, medical and assistive devices for global health, and cleaner-burning cooking fuels made from agricultural waste.
Nourishing Africa is an online platform that is focused on young entrepreneurs who are transforming the African agriculture and food landscapes. The platform is a one stop hub for these entrepreneurs, providing critical links to funding, learning tools, data, events and networks to help them scale their businesses. The mission of Nourishing Africa is to attract, empower, equip, connect and celebrate over 1 Million dynamic and innovative young entrepreneurs who are driving the profitable and sustainable growth of the African agriculture and food landscapes. Through a membership platform, the Nourishing Africa hub provides a range of exclusive benefits to entrepreneurs including access and referrals to funders and funding opportunities; marketplace to engage with potential customers, partners and suppliers; free advertising and opportunities to showcase their businesses; discounts on key agricultural inputs, training programs, conferences and services; exclusive invitations to online and in-person training programs; access to members-only data and resources to build their skills; nominations for local and global speaking opportunities, media appearances, prizes and award; and talent match making to find the best talent for their businesses. Nourishing Africa also convenes entrepreneurs and key stakeholders for workshops and trainings aimed at providing key skills and knowledge to entrepreneurs in the agri-food industry across Africa.
SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. Founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative locally driven enterprises around the globe which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model.