2019

Year

in Review

These are some of the insights that characterized our year!

Its already 2020 but there’s still a lot we have to celebrate about 2019 so allow us a quick look back! We met hundreds of very passionate entrepreneurs, partnered with organizations leading innovation and systemic change, revisited existing partnerships, expanded our team, launched new initiatives, and enjoyed every second of this incredible  journey. 

Your trust and support made this possible, so here’s a quick look at the impact we made together in 2019

Bridge for Billions at a Glance

1001

Entrepreneurs
Supported

In 4 years, we have supported 1,001 entrepreneurs making us one of the largest early-stage incubators worldwide

782

Volunteer
Mentors

Our professional network of 700+ mentors means that entrepreneurs find mentors in their area of specialization to offer one-on-one support throughout their incubation program

58

Program
Administrators

We have created 58 innovation programs through partnerships with corporate organizations

Business Incubator

46%

Female
Entrepreneurs

At a gender ratio of 46% female to 54% male, we’re eliminating the bias against female entrepreneurs.

Year to Year Growth

2016
28 - Entrepreneurs
2017
224 - Entrepreneurs
2018
325 - Entrepreneurs
2019
459 - Entrepreneurs

Diversity & Representation

Here at Bridge, diversity is NOT a value we take for granted. The background and focus areas of our entrepreneurs and mentors has helped to create a rich community and further reinforces our belief that entrepreneurial potential is everywhere. It’s been exciting to see that the flexible nature of our program enables many full-time workers to begin their startup journey without quitting their jobs. 

However, there’s still a lot of opportunity in 2020 to further bridge the gap between rural and urban entrepreneurs and expand to other under-served countries.

Diversity in Areas of Innovation:

Travel, Food, & Entertainment
24.3%
Education & Training
12.0%
Arts, Culture & Sports
10.5%
IT & High-Tech
9.1%
Health & Medical
8.1%
Cities, Housing, & Transportation
7.8%
Consulting, Finance, Insurance, & Legal
6.7%
Energy & Environment
6.1%
Agriculture & Fishing
5.1%
Beauty & Fashion
5.1%
Assistance, Civic Society and Human Rights
4.6%
Water & Sanitation
0.8%

Our entrepreneurs come from

1
countries

Diversity in Employment Status

Diversity in Location:

Previous access to other programs

Language of mentoring

Impact Made in 2019

0 %

Entrepreneurs still in business after 2 years

0 %

Entrepreneurs who said the training program was vital to the creation of their business

0 %

  Increase job creation after our incubation program

0 %

of the entrepreneurs 
complete the program

0 %

Mentors are satisfied with quality of projects in our incubation programs

0 %

Entrepreneurs are satisfied with quality of mentoring received  

$ 0

Seed Funding awarded to entrepreneurs

$ 0

Total Financial aid given to disadvantaged entrepreneurs

Featured Alumni

Miguel Linera

Founder of AREX Blockchain Real Estate

Spain - 2019

Democratize access to the real estate sector by eliminating international barriers to investment, bureaucracy and paperwork.

Winners of Proptech Challenge by CBRE 2018, Selected for the Colliers International Accelerator program powered by Techstars

nepal

Sumeena Karki

Founder of RARA Biotech

Nepal - 2018

Pregnancy detection kit for cattle within 30 days after insemination. By knowing the pregnancy, farmers can make better decisions.

Won “Best idea” Prize in the Startup Mela organized by The-Startup.Org

Héritier Kitumaini

Founder of Bcecoloans

D.R. of Congo - 2018

Offers innovative banking services to financially include vulnerable populations such as youth, women and smallholder farmers.

Selected as a TEF Entrepreneur, Nominated as a 100JPE

Clients for whom we built programs in 2019

We cannot achieve our vision of democratizing access to entrepreneurship support alone. Here are a few of the corporate bodies and international organizations we have partnered with to develop innovation programs.

GIRA Mujeres

Supported 10 female entrepreneurs from rural Spain

Service Partnerships

We are grateful for our various partners who offer our alumni and incubating entrepreneurs additional resources to grow their businesses.

What’s Next for 2020?

Creating more impact, reaching more underserved entrepreneurs, creating more partnerships..that’s what 2020 looks like for us. Take a quick look at some of the projects we will embarking on in 2020.

Scaling Social & Impact Enterprises in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

A 4 year public- private development partnership (PPDP) between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Roots of Impact and other stakeholders including investors, private sector organizations, incubators and support organizations for social enterprises

Work4Progress

Peru

Peru

A 2 year program in partnership with the ”la Caixa” Foundation with the objective of generating new employment opportunities for women and young adults.

Santander Explorer

Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Mexico

Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Mexico

Organised in partnership with Santander Bank, this program will train 200 young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 31 years in Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Mexico who want to develop a technologically based idea

IN-HABIT EU Project

Cordoba in Spain, Riga in Latvia, Lucca in Italy and Nitra in Slovakia.

Cordoba in Spain, Riga in Latvia, Lucca in Italy and Nitra in Slovakia.

3 Year project in partnership with the EU Commission to support the development of Development of (social) businesses that provide livelihood opportunities and promote healthier lifestyles in peripheral small and medium size cities

How to get involved

Business Incubator

Entrepreneurs

Take your business to the next level in 3 months.

Business Incubator

Mentors

Connect with entrepreneurs and develop your skills.

Business Incubator

Organizations

Boost your innovation program. Become an ecosystem builder.

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