Our Mission

Our mission is to foster scalable social enterprises that combat extreme poverty and accelerate widespread economic and social progress in East Africa.


We envision an Africa in which social entrepreneurs generate thousands of jobs and advance sustainable development by creating enterprises focused on local needs, nurtured by a domestic and international ecosystem.

Core Values

1. Teamwork

2. Open Communication

3. Listening & Learning

4. Humility

5. Innovation


Our entrepreneurs are working tirelessly to fight the status quo and create prosperity in their communities. They are tackling difficult issues - like gender inequality, educational attainment, youth unemployment, and lack of energy access.

We are proud to have honed in on our goals and strategies through 2021. We seek to help launch 90 more development enterprises in the coming years. We recognize, however, we have much to accomplish to achieve that end in four overarching categories: funding and administration, open DELab, topic-specific DELab, and DEStudio.

Our goals by 2021:
1. Secure a diversified stream of funding and broaden our network of donors
2. Improve and scale DELabs in partnership with multiple universities in each region of Malawi
3. Develop and implement issue-specific DELabs in areas such as off-grid energy and agribusiness
4. Improve operation of the DEStudio by providing improved, tailored, one-on-one support for DEStudio Members