History

NESsT was founded by social entrepreneurs Lee Davis and Nicole Etchart in 1997.

1997

StaffNESsT founded: NESsT incorporates as international nonprofit organization; opens regional office for Central & Eastern Europe in Budapest, Hungary.

1998

NESsT launches the Sustainable NGO Financing Project to assess status of social enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe.

1999

Profits for NonprofitsNESsT hosts NGO Venture Forum and releases Profits for Nonprofits book on social enterprise in Central Europe.

NESsT opens office for Latin America in Santiago, Chile.

2000

NESsT provides first early-stage portfolio investments in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

2001

IVP forumInternational Venture Philanthropy Forum: NESsT hosts landmark event in Budapest to promote diverse ‘social capital market.’

NESsT presents first International Venture Philanthropy Award in Budapest.

2002

NESsT hosts Social Enterprise Forum in Chile, launching portfolio support in Latin America.

2003

NESsT launches NESsT Consulting, offering social enterprise development services worldwide

2004

NESsT launches International Social Enterprise Exchange (ISEE) in Chile and Central Europe

get_ready_get_set-cover-wwwNESsT releases Get Ready, Get Set manual on social enterprise development.

NESsT receives prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

2005

NESsT releases Risky Business book on the impacts of social enterprise.

NESsT expands portfolio support to Croatia.

2005

all-in-the-same-boat-coverNESsT releases All in the Same Boat book on engaged philanthropy.

NESsT releases Enterprising Mentality, a guide on social enterprise for mental health and intellectual disabilities organizations.

2006

LASES logo ENGNESsT hosts Latin American Social Enterprise Symposium (LASES) in Santiago, Chile with William Davidson Institute.

NESsT expands portfolio support to Romania.

NESsT approved as first Central European member of European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).

2007: NESsT 10th Anniversary

NESsT opens office in Lima, expanding portfolio support to Peru, launches RAMP Peru with the Lemelson Foundation.

NESsT hosts Social Enterprise Competition in seven countries: Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Peru, Romania and Slovakia.

NESsT hosts Social Enterprise Symposium in Budapest, Hungary to mark 10th anniversary.

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NESsT holds first Social Enterprise Marketplace in Budapest with Hungarian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (HVCA).

2008

NESsT opens offices in Buenos Aires and Quito and launches first Social Enterprise Competitions in Argentina and Ecuador.

private_equity_shares_logo_400NESsT launches Private Equity Shares to promote social enterprise amongst emerging market private equity industry.

NESsT opens office in Timisoara, Romania.

NESsT selected as charity partner for European Private Equity Awards in Paris.

2009

NESsT hosts first Social Enterprise Marketplace in Peru with Latin American Venture Capital Association (LAVCA).

2009

NESsT opens office in Sao Paulo and launches first Social Enterprise Competition in Brazil.

NESsT UK is founded as an independent charity in London.

end-of-the-rainbow-cover-wwwNESsT releases End of the Rainbow book on LGBT social enterprise.

NESsT presents first International Venture Philanthropy Award for Latin America in New York.

2010

NESsT presents first Woman in Social Enterprise (WISE) Awards in Europe and Latin America.

levantandochile_logo-wwwNESsT launches Levantando Chile Fund to support social enterprises in areas most effected by the devastating earthquake.

NESsT hosts first Social Enterprise Marketplace in Chile.

2011

NESsT opens office in San Francisco, California, to support global communications and investor relations.

SED LogoNESsT launches first Social Enterprise Days in Chile and Hungary.

Loic Comolli is appointed co-CEO by NESsT Board of Directors.

2012: NESsT 15th Anniversary

2012-sewf-rio-logo-wwwNESsT hosts the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2013
NESsT establishes a new country program in Poland to generate new employment opportunities in the country.

NFR coverNESsT releases Social Enterprise in Emerging Market Countries: No Free Ride book on unlocking philanthropic capital to support early-stage enterprises.

NESsT releases Rompiendo el Cascarón book highlighting lessons learned from incubating technology-based social enterprises in Peru.

NESsT releases The Power of Sharing: Exploring the digital sharing economy at the base of the pyramid book, highlighting the  potential of the collaborative economy to impact low-income communities.