Impact entrepreneurship

Impact entrepreneurs are purposefully driving progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From digital tools to long-term capacity building services, we are extending the value of EY knowledge to help their life-changing businesses achieve greater scale and impact. 

What EY can do for you

Underscoring the EY Ripples vision to positively impact one billion lives by 2030 is the belief that a better working world is one where everyone can contribute to and share in the benefits of sustainable economic growth.

With billions of people still excluded from access to decent work, opportunities, and goods and services, a special breed of innovators we call “impact entrepreneurs” are at the heart of how we seek to drive sustainable inclusive growth globally.

Impact enterprises are purposefully driving progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All over the world — especially in poor and marginalized communities — these entrepreneurs are at the forefront of innovating better answers to global problems.

We extend the value of EY knowledge to provide a range of services to help impact enterprises scale and bolster their success in the critical early stages of growth:

EY professional services

EY professionals provide hands-on or virtual services and support to help impact entrepreneurs improve their businesses’ resilience, productivity and capacity to scale sustainably. These not-for-profit projects range in duration from a few weeks to several months. Over 500 projects with impact enterprises have been completed in over 60 countries, focused on scaling and promoting off-grid renewable energy, clean water and sanitation, sustainable products, gender equality and other SDG-aligned missions. Interested impact enterprises can request more information and apply for EY professional services support here.

Skills development and coaching

EY collaborates with leading impact investors and entrepreneurship networks, such as Acumen and Endeavor, to provide a variety of skills development and coaching programs for impact entrepreneurs. These typically feature a combination of practical training, peer discussion, and individual or group coaching. Designed with the busy entrepreneur in mind, coaching and mentoring programs focus on common barriers to growth and range from half-day workshops to recurring monthly sessions.

The work EY does to help social enterprises scale their businesses and grow their impact can be truly catalytic. It’s encouraging to see a professional services organization like EY leading on this important work.
Jacqueline Novogratz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Acumen

Digital tools and resources

Resources such as EY Velocity and EY Finance Navigator are self-service tools that impact entrepreneurs can use to build financial plans, make cash flow projections and understand the drivers of growth for their businesses. EY teams also develop webinars and recorded coaching sessions for impact entrepreneurs – meaning anyone with internet access can benefit from EY guidance.

Impact entrepreneurs are already changing millions of lives by making it their business to tackle social and environmental challenges. By working with them, we’re helping them to impact millions more.

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COVID-19 is an unfolding event, bringing uncertainty to every business. To help navigate these unprecedented times, find the latest EY insights on responding to volatility and building enterprise resilience here.

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