Contribute to delivering an innovative incubation program focusing on eco-preneurship
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 through sustainable agriculture, forestry, etc.
Kenya’s economy is very dependent on tourism and agriculture, both susceptible to climate change and extreme weather events. Unpredictable rainfalls and recurrent droughts severely affect Kenyan ecosystems and the livelihoods of their communities.
Entrepreneurship Support Organizations’ local knowledge and know-how would be instrumental in reaching out to and equip Kenyan entrepreneurs willing to tackle those challenges
Entrepreneurship Support Organizations (ESOs) need to join forces if we truly want the Kenyan entrepreneurship ecosystem to thrive and grow in the field of ecosystems restoration.
By joining this ecosystem builder initiative, your organization will boost growth and development in the region and make a direct impact on early-stage entrepreneurs by increasing their quality of life and their communities.
Take our word for it! Our “learn by doing” methodology, inspired by MIT’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship, has already supported more than 100 Entrepreneurship Support Organizations, resulting in 3700 entrepreneurs incubated in 98 different countries.
Apply before March, 30th.
You will benefit from a training cycle of 6 sessions on Program Management & Incubation
Actively broadcast the call for restoration entrepreneurs in Kenya to find our 50 participants
MAY TO OCTOBER
Week after week, support entrepreneurs and mentors as they develop viable business plans
Close the program with an event that shows local stakeholders their viable restoration enterprises
All applications will be evaluated by Bridge for Billions, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Partnership for Forests (P4F), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Please note, your written applications should be submitted using this form.
Out of all the applications, we will choose the finalists based on the selection criteria (read our Terms and Conditions). These finalists will be interviewed before the final selection.
Once all finalists have been interviewed, we will let your organization know whether you have been selected or not. You will sign a contract with UNEP/FAO outlining all the responsibilities and benefits, and start the training cycle and the program!
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. To achieve this important objective, the Factory harnesses the expertise of a community of private sector business and restoration mentors who are committed to guide their mentees (the entrepreneurs and business representatives) through each step of their business development journey. This tailored support is then catalysed through a rigorous 6-month training program that is based on the best business development curriculums, including the MIT’s disciplined entrepreneur method. It is practical, solution-oriented and evidence-based, promoting a scientific method of verifiable experimentation, through assumptions, tests and validations, with the aim of helping to prepare restorative businesses for scaling up their operations. Mentees participating in the scheme receive mentoring and guidance in business development, with additional support available for those developing the strongest business ideas, scaling and investment plans. By applying as “Incubation Manager” on behalf of your incubator/accelerator/ESO, you will be a key implementing partner for this program, hand in hand with Bridge for Billions, the other implementation partner who will train you and provide you with access to their cutting edge entrepreneurship support platform.
“ESO” stands for “Entrepreneurship Support Organization” and can refer to an Incubator, Accelerator, Coworking, Vocational School, VC Fund, University, Foundation, NGO, Innovation Hub, Public entity, or any other structure whose primary focus is supporting entrepreneurs. In this case priority will be given to ESOs with prior experience supporting eco-preneurs or agro-focused entrepreneurs as this program focuses on founders whose businesses contribute to restoring natural ecosystems, hence the name “The Restoration Factory”.
In order to propose a blended approach (online/offline) to restoration businesses’ entrepreneurial support, the Restoration Factory will select local Entrepreneurship Support Organizations (ESOs) on the ground in each country of implementation. These ESOs are expected to mobilize one staff (50% of a full time role) to become “Incubation Manager” for the program. The Incubation Manager is responsible for the operational implementation of one or more Restoration Factory entrepreneurship programs, in close collaboration with the other Incubation Managers (as there will be anywhere from 2 to 3 ESOs co-managing each program), and a Bridge for Billions Program Manager.
Together, they are accountable for the program’s success. This includes finalizing the program timeline, communicating with participants, monitoring and facilitating their engagement with the program, the platform and their mentor, tracking the progress of each participant, and providing support to participants (entrepreneurs and mentors) throughout the incubation program, from selection to the closing sessions of the program. This role requires about 10 hours of work per week throughout the program (8 months in total from the ESO training and call for participants to the final event and impact evaluation).
Eligibility criteria (knock-out) :
Selection criteria (used to evaluate candidates):
Forest and landscape restoration is the process of reversing the degradation of soils, agricultural areas, forests, and watersheds thereby regaining their ecological functionality. Restoration can happen by taking deliberate steps to integrate a greater number and variety of tree species into gardens, farms, fields and forests; or by allowing natural regeneration of overgrazed, polluted or otherwise overused ecosystems. Essentially, it is a process to improve the productivity and capacity of landscapes to meet the various and changing needs of society.
Forest and landscape restoration is the ongoing process of regaining ecological functionality and enhancing human well-being across deforested or degraded landscapes. Such restoration is more than just planting trees – it is restoring a whole landscape to meet present and future needs and to offer multiple benefits and land uses over time.
Restoration manifests through different processes such as; new tree plantings, managed natural regeneration, agroforestry, or improved land management to accommodate a mosaic of land uses, including agriculture, protected wildlife reserves, managed plantations, riverside plantings and more.
Restorative businesses are those that help to deliver forest or landscape restoration, either directly or as a by-product of their business and business operations. Restorative businesses are often focused on things like;
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
Bridge for Billions is a social enterprise that helps all kinds of organizations to design, build and manage their entrepreneurship & innovation programs to generate value for all parties involved. Their goal is to democratize access ti quality entrepreneurship support. UNEP and FAO partnered up with them to set up and run The Restoration Factory, so if you are selected as Incubation Manager / ESO for this program, they will train and guide you to make the program a success!
Connect directly with Margarida, Program Manager of the Restoration Factory Program.