NESsT develops sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market economies.

NESsT is a catalyst for social enterprises in emerging markets.


Unique Approach

We provide long-term support to grow and sustain a portfolio of high-impact social enterprises. Approach

Impact Areas

Labor Inclusion Enterprises targeting groups excluded from the labor market by employing them or providing them with training and placement services. Target  populations include at-risk youth, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and others excluded from the labor market.   Sustainable Income Enterprises operating through cooperatives or producer associations to increase the income of their members. Target  populations include artisans, small-scale farmers, and micro-entrepreneurs.   Affordable Technologies Enterprises commercializing affordable technologies focused on renewable energy, water, sanitation, and sustainable agriculture; to improve low-income and marginalized communities’ income and quality of life. Target  populations include communities without access to basic services or to innovations to meet their basic needs.

Joining our Portfolio

Our portfolio team is constantly seeking innovative social enterprises. We identify our pipeline of prospective portfolio members primarily through our national social enterprise competitions. We do not accept unsolicited proposals or business plans. For further details, please visit Joining our Portfolio.