The Restoration Factory is an innovative incubation program aiming at supporting Kenyan eco-entrepreneurs developing restoration projects.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and Bridge for Billions, along with the support of Partnerships For Forests (P4F), join forces to create an incubation program that will support up to 50 enterprises with the potential to restore natural ecosystems.
The Restoration Factory has been created to support the emergence of commercially-viable, community-inclusive and climate-resilient businesses that restore ecosystems and preserve landscapes. The program seeks to attract projects that show robust revenue generation perspectives and ambition to reach a critical mass. We aim to build a diverse and attractive cohort demonstrating commercial potential and wide adoption of nature-positive business models.
Northern Kenya, Coast block/counties, Western Block (Kakamenga, Bungoma, Uasin Gishu, Kericho, Transnzioa, Mt.Elgon), Lower eastern Block (Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu) and the Central Block (Laikipia, Baringo, Nyeri, Kajiado, Nyandarua, Samburu).
Apply before May 31st, 2022
Tell us more about yourself and your venture by submitting your application below. Our team will evaluate the applications and will select the participants for this edition.
There will be a 3-step selection process: screening, pre-selecting* and interviews, and final selecting of the cohort participants.
*During the pre-selecting process, the shortlisted projects will participate in a trial period before the final ventures are selected.
Take part in our matching process! You will have the opportunity to meet online with volunteer mentors, both local and international. Once you have met several of them, both you and the mentors will submit your rankings in order to let us know who you think will be the best fit for your project's needs. Based on the rankings, we will make the best mentor-mentee pairs.
Welcome! Now you are ready to begin a 6-month incubation period to continue developing your business.
Restoration enterprises put ecosystems’ restoration at the heart of their business model and operations. Further information on the need, role and opportunities for restorative businesses is available from the platform of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/types-ecosystem-restoration
The Restoration Factory is a mentoring and business incubation support program that assists entrepreneurs and businesses in developing enticing and attractive business models that are focused on restoration of landscapes and ecosystems.
The program offer a 6-month curriculum blending online content and in-person check-ins.
. An online platform takes participants through an 8-module program covering market differentiation and business planning in order to maximize the commercial viability of restoration ventures.
. An assigned mentor helps participants (on a weekly basis, through 1.5 hour video calls or in-person meetings) to test their business assumptions and gather feedback to further their online curriculum progression.
. A local Entrepreneurship Support Organization provides participants with access to their facility, local market knowledge and tailored support.
The whole program takes 6 months and requires a minimum of 8 hours of work per week from you. The more time you’re able to put in, the better the results. A typical week you’ll spend:
• Around 3hrs working on the online modules
• At least 1h in a mentorship call with your personal mentor.
• At least 2hrs doing field work to validate your assumptions, get to know your customers and market, etc.
• Often 2hrs in group sessions either in person at your local Entrepreneurship Support Organization or online with your peers and/or UNEP or FAO experts.
If you have a business partner, you can divide the work. If you can’t commit to at least 7/8 hours per week for 6 months, this may not be the program for you.
We advise you to have a laptop or desktop computer and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox. However, our platform is also suitable for cell phones and tablets.
Also, we expect you to have a stable and reliable internet connection both for your work on the platform as well as to participate in the calls with your mentor via video call.
Motivation and time commitment are paramount to the success of your participation : this is an intensive 6-month curriculum blending tested methodologies and formats to maximize tangible progress toward commercial viability existing ventures.
In contrast to other incubation and/or acceleration programs, there is no partial ownership for equity schemes nor prize money.
Your mentor is your guide throughout the program — someone who understands the intricacies of your business. Week after week, your mentor will help you validate your strategy and design your growth plan. Mentors support you through your work on the platform and meet with you once a week to review the work done (typically using video calls).
Yes! You and your business partners can all participate in the program. Only one representative from your team should apply, but if selected you can easily invite your teammates in the beginning of the incubation stage.
Protecting your intellectual property is extremely important to us. Your application and program data are confidential.
The aim of the program is to support its participants in achieving commercial viability as a pre-condition to investment.
Its top 10% graduates will be offered tailored-to-needs help in contracting with local, regional and/or international market. access providers. will be offered tailored-to-needs help in contracting with local, regional and/or international market access providers.
Connect directly with Afia, Program Manager of the Restoration Factory Program.