PES Latam

Promoting Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America and the Caribbean

PES LATAM is a global partnership of leading organizations with the mission to accelerate the emergence and growth of social enterprises across Latin America and the Caribbean by identifying and supporting innovative, scalable and market-based solutions.

Write this partnership, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Ashoka, LeFil Consulting, New Ventures, and VC4A to help social entrepreneurs address society’s most pressing challenges.

What do we offer?

The program accompanies social entrepreneurs throughout their development and growth. To this end, we offer several support initiatives targeting social entrepreneurs at different stages and responding to different needs:

  1. Early-stage support through Ashoka Fellowship
  2. Path to scale and sustainability through I3 Latam
  3. Replication and systemic impact
  4. Partnership building
  5. Capacity building

It is a comprehensive program that relies on the complementary strengths of different leading organizations in the sector delivering different program components.

PES LATAM wants to attract the best social entrepreneurs from across Latin America and working in any sector! To become part of PES LATAM, you need to meet these basic eligibility criteria:

  1. Your organization creates a clear positive social impact
  2. Your organization adopts a market-based or hybrid approach and is financially sustainable, or has the potential to become so in the near future
  3. Your organization is legally registered in your country of operations
  4. At least 50% of your operations are based in Latin America (Brazil excluded)
  5. Your organization has started to generate revenues
  6. At least 30% of your users/beneficiaries can be classified as poor or very poor.

    Go to the PROGRAM section below to find out our Pes Latam-opportunities. 

How and when can you apply?

You can become part of the PES LATAM program and be considered for all our support initiatives with one single application! When applying, you will be able to indicate what kind of support you are most interested in. Based on your profile and preferences, we will consider you for the most appropriate initiatives.

Once you are SIGN UP into the platform, COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE! This is important to ensure that we can inform you about future opportunities within the Program and beyond.

A platform to connect and to accelerate the ecosystem

An important objective of the program is to establish a virtual platform, where we can find organizations, programs, investors, mentors, online training and many other opportunities that we can all benefit from. 

Visit SE2 LATAM to find out more.

Who is behind PES Latam?

Ashoka: The largest global network of system-changing social entrepreneurs. It coined the term “social entrepreneur” in the 1980s and led the global growth of this new sector
LeFil Consulting: Consulting firm specialized in inclusive business. It supports corporations, social businesses and social investors in designing sustainable and scalable strategies benefiting the Base of the Pyramid
New Ventures: Organization dedicated to catalyzing companies with social and environmental impact that contribute to the development of Latin America
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC): Agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
VC4A: Global online startup community connecting entrepreneurs creating innovative and scalable businesses with the knowledge, network and funding they require to succeed

Questions?Contact us at


Mexico City, Estado de México, Mexico
Latin America and the Caribbean
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