Empowering Restorations Entrepreneurs

What is the Land Accelerator and
how does it support global restoration goals? 

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 65 percent of land in Africa is impacted by degradation every year. This degradation can incumber economic growth and exacerbate  the impacts of climate change. However, African nations have pledged to take action to reverse the tide  of deforestation and land degradation.
Through global initiatives such as the
Bonn Challenge and regional partnerships like the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), countries across  Africa have pledged to restore millions of hectares of land. 

To help countries achieve this ambitious goal, the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched the Land  Accelerator, the world’s first accelerator program targeted specifically
towards businesses that restore  degraded forests and farmland. First launched in Africa in 2018, the Land Accelerator provides  entrepreneurs with mentorship and networking opportunities, technical trainings, and workshops to  build storytelling and pitching skills.
Participants will leave the program more empowered to connect  with potential investors so they can take their business to the next stage of growth. 

Since its first iteration, the Land Accelerator has expanded globally to Latin America and South Asia, attracting over 1,600 applicants. Alumni of the program report that they have raised $500,000, created  2,500 jobs, worked with 120,000 farmers, restored 92,500 hectares of land, and grown 2.7 million trees.  What will your impact be? 

The Program 

Overall Objectives

In 2021, WRI and our partners at Fledge are taking a novel approach to the
Land Accelerator Africa. This  year, we are expanding the size of our cohort and selecting 100 entrepreneurs from across the continent to join us for an all-virtual business creation and growth accelerator. By the end of the program,  entrepreneurs will have accessed the trainings and tools need to complete: 

A compelling one-minute pitch to hook investors, customers, and potential partners

• A 10-12 slide pitch deck targeted towards investors

An environmental indicator measurement, management, and marketing plan

A 3-5-year financial model to visualize growth projections and to identify capital needs

Increased confidence in your business’s mission and operations

And more!

All restoration entrepreneurs are invited to apply, free of charge. 

Why participate? 

All restoration entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply to the Land Accelerator. The top 100 applicants  will be accepted to the program and receive access to: 

3 months of exclusive, weekly live trainings

3 months access to Fledge’s online e-learning lessons

Templates to create content to help your business thrive

Weekly office hours with mentors who will lend their expertise to discuss how to integrate new  concepts and tools into your business strategy.

Weekly networking sessions to speak with and learn from other land restoration entrepreneurs  in your cohort.

Additionally, all participants
will have the opportunity to apply for a
Land Accelerator Investment Pack,  which will be awarded to the top 10 entrepreneurs. Recipients of the investment packs will receive: 

A $5,000 Innovation Grant

A 90-minute group mentorship session with members of the Land Accelerator mentor network  who will provide tailored feedback and suggestions to further develop your business

An investment coaching meeting with a Land Accelerator organizer to develop your investment  and innovation grant plan

The opportunity to present your 3-minute business pitch at the virtual Land Accelerator Demo  Day, an event that brings together the 10 grant recipients and business and social investors from  across the continent.

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements –
Frequently Asked Questions 

What geographic presence is covered by the Land Accelerator

We welcome applications from businesses based anywhere on the African continent.  Applications must be written in either English or French. 

What types of businesses can apply? 

All entrepreneurs whose business model clearly centers around land restoration – through  practices such as sustainable agriculture, reforestation, agroforestry – are invited to apply.  Businesses whose activities result in the conversion or destruction of natural forests or other  ecosystems will not be accepted. Learn more about what types of companies have participated in past accelerators here

What stage of growth does my business need to reach before I can

We seek to scale companies who restore land. Therefore, we prioritize companies that at least have a prototype, if not a product or service in the market with customers. Idea-stage  companies may apply, as novel, highly impactful ideas will be considered but the programming  is tuned toward growing operational businesses. Small- and medium-sized enterprises that are  showing success and in need of growth capital are especially encouraged to apply. 

Do I need to pay to apply or participate? 

No. The Land Accelerator is a completely free program supported by generous private and  public donors. 

How are businesses selected? 

Businesses are selected based on five criteria: scalability, replicability, profitability,  environmental impact, and social impact.

The selection committee will also consider other  aspects of the company, including uniqueness, quality of the team, and current progress. 

To Learn more click HERE


March 31, 2021
Program dates Apr 1 - Oct 29, 2021
Organizer World Resources Institute
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Africa, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Southern Asia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
Sectors Environmental services, Agribusiness, Waste management and recycling
SDG (6)
1. No Poverty, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 13. Climate Action, 17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal, 2. Zero Hunger, 6. Clean Water and Sanitation