Investing in Social Entrepreneurs

A Public-Private Partnership to co-invest in 20 young social innovators working in developing countries combined with "thought leadership" activities jointly organized with USAID Missions to promote social innovation.

Echoing Green Priming the Pump: Global Pipeline of Social Entrepreneurs

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with General Atlantic, Newman’s Own Foundation, The Pershing Square Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and Echoing Green initiated a three-year partnership which will invest in young entrepreneurs who are pioneering innovative new models to address global development challenges. Through the partnership, USAID will commit US$ 2 million to support the project, which will be matched by an additional US$ 2 million in support from its partners. The partnership will select and invest in twenty young social innovators working in developing countries in two classes of the Echoing Green Global Fellows Program.

The project goal is to “prime the pump” for global social entrepreneurship, both by supporting individual entrepreneurs, and by fostering the growth of social entrepreneurship ecosystems and increasing awareness and support for social innovators in developing countries. Entrepreneurship and innovation are proven economic drivers that help create jobs and reduce poverty through sustainable market-based solutions. Fellows in each class will receive financial and technical support over a two-year period to work on their innovative new models of global development solutions. The partners, along with Echoing Green Fellows, will share best practices within the social enterprise community to support the advancement of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem through a range of events and field building activities coordinated with USAID Missions and Echoing Green.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • General Atlantic

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. Established in 1980, General Atlantic combines a collaborative global...

  • Newman's Own Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Newman’s Own Foundation is an independent, private foundation formed in 2005 by Paul Newman to sustain the legacy of his philanthropic work. Funded entirely through the profits and...

  • Pershing Square Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    In 2006, Bill and Karen Ackman founded the Pershing Square Foundation (PSF) to support exceptional leaders and...

  • Echoing Green

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today. Through its Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and...

  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA)

    Investment & Finance, Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving. Headquartered in New York City, it traces its...

Key Information

  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 4.2 Million