USAID- Skoll Innovation Investment Alliance

A $44.5 Global Development Alliance between the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Skoll foundation to identify 6 to 10 co-investments in high-impact social entrepreneurs and support them in scaling up innovative business models that demonstrate the ability to deliver sustainable development impact in areas such as education, water, and food security.

USAID- Skoll Innovation Investment Alliance

In 2012, USAID and the Skoll Foundation partnered to launch the USAID-Skoll Innovation Investment Alliance, to influence systems-level change by supporting proven, transformative, and innovative organizations to reach scale. Inspired by venture capital models, Development Innovation Ventures’ (DIV) at USAID invests in game-changing innovations in development with the power to change millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost. DIV has made 20 investments to date, to world class innovators in health, energy, governance and food security. The Skoll Foundation drives large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Skoll has identified and cultivated the world’s most effective social entrepreneurs in areas from education and employment to food security and healthcare.

In this alliance, Skoll and USAID will identify and fund high-impact social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated innovations and sustainable business models ripe for scale – and maximum impact. The alliance will deliver evidence of impact, thereby encouraging increased public and private investment in scaling the most promising innovations. With the support of Mercy Corps, the Innovation Investment Alliance will invest in up to ten organizations across a range of sectors and geographies by providing grants, and other forms of financing. The Innovation Investment Alliance will measure, analyze, and share findings from partners to influence broader change within communities aiming to solve pressing global challenges.

The Alliance has committed to investing $44.5 million in order to scale up ten social ventures over the next five years. Organizations are selected for funding directly from the pool of U.S. Global Development Lab or Skoll Social Entrepreneur award winners.


  • 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...

  • Skoll Foundation

    Staff size: 26-50

    The Skoll Foundation encompasses two separate corporations: a private foundation, The Skoll Foundation, and a public charity whose legal name is The Skoll Fund. The Skoll Fund, created in 1999,...

  • Mercy Corps

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Powered by the belief that a better world is possible, Mercy Corps is a leading global organization working to empower people to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2017
  • ValueUSD 45 Million