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The Entrepreneurship and NISA program encourages a more favorable environment for businesses with a socio-environmental impact in Brazil, with emphasis on initiatives that work with inclusive businesses structured on socio-biodiversity production chains.

Through entrepreneurial education, generation and dissemination of knowledge, we contribute to the development of inclusive entrepreneurship, the appreciation of ancestral knowledge and the economy of the forest stand. 

In addition to focusing on training the individual and their potential, the program also directs efforts to fostering the businesses ecosystem, mapping opportunities for a journey of systemic transformation. There are some obstacles that make it difficult for businesses with social and environmental impact to gain scale, such as: difficulty in connecting a business model and a sustainable development; lack of support and information about the business cycle; entrepreneurial environment with little opening for sustainable businesses; lack of public policies that adequately encourage initiatives that address socio-biodiversity chains; low volume of innovative accelerators and incubators focused on impact entrepreneurs; difficulty in finding intermediaries who assist in training issues focused on entrepreneurship; and high complexity when it comes to access to traditional financing.

Network connections

Working in partnership is in the DNA of humanize and it is inevitable to promote scale in the area of Entrepreneurship and NISA. Acting collaboratively enhances resources and skills, maximizes the impact and scale gains of the supported initiatives, and provides knowledge sharing between the organizations and the people involved.

In this sense, consolidating lasting partnerships is part of our model for making strategic philanthropic investment. This valuable engineering stretches the arms of those involved, enabling them to overcome challenges they could not face alone.

We increasingly believe that strategic philanthropy is the answer to generate the transformation we want both in the program and in various topics in Brazil and in the world. Partnerships open the way so that other investments, coming from multilateral agencies and the public and private sectors, can join and complete this ecosystem.

It is with this belief that this Humanize program reached more than 60% of its investment made through partnerships. In the 2019-2021 triennium, Entrepreneurship and NISA marked its portfolio with 32 projects – which addressed different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among various manifestations, the highlights were the goals 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 15 (Life on Land) and 2 (Zero Hunger and Sustainable Agriculture).

Still talking about the work cycle in the last three years, the program has achieved significant numbers through its network connections. The highlights were the investments made in the states of Amazonas, Pará, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. The support was evidenced by socio-biodiversity chains, promoting intermediate organizations, which were responsible for incubation and acceleration of impact businesses. More than 1000 young people connected to the rural environment were trained in the entrepreneurship approach; more than 300 producers and extractivists had access to credit; and more than 600 producers and extractivists were also trained in the approach.

In this scenario, today, the Sustainability programs (Sustainable Use, Entrepreneurship and Socio-Environmental Impact Businesses) join 14 active partnerships. They are structured with reference entities in the country and result in the portfolio:

More Sustainable Cerrado Alliance

Promoting sustainable economic development, keeping the cerrado standing and valuing the culture of local communities.

Partners: Boticário Group Foundation (Fundação Grupo Boticário) and International Institute of Education of Brazil – IEB (Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil – IEB)


Productive Inclusion Alliance via Urban and Rural Entrepreneurship

Promoting urban and rural socio-environmental impact through productive inclusion of people in economic vulnerability in the labor market, income generation, entrepreneurship and the strengthening of NISA environment. The goal is to support small producers or employment and income opportunities for vulnerable people.

Partners: Arymax Foundations (Fundação Arymax) e Tide Setubal Foundation (Fundação Tide Setubal).

Partners for the Amazon Alliance (PPA)

The alliance aims at contributing with innovative solutions for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity, forests and natural resources in the Amazon by promoting the ecosystem of impact entrepreneurship in the region.

Partners: United States Agency for International Development – USAID (Agência dos Estados Unidos para o Desenvolvimento Internacional – USAID),  Institute for Climate and Society – iCS (Instituto Clima e Sociedade  – iCS) and Vale Fund (Fundo Vale).

Fishing Alliance

Designing a program to structure the chain in strategic territories, with a systemic look at the fishing ecosystem, considering issues related to conservation and sustainable use, as well as market access.

Partner: Oak Foundation.

Concertation for the Amazon

Contributing to sustainable, low-carbon, inclusive and long-term development in the Amazon, with the aim of developing a common vision of what can be done for the region; promoting greater coordination between funding and implementing institutions; and defining joint action that promotes sustainable development.

Partners: Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), Institute for Climate and Society – iCS (Instituto Clima e Sociedade  – iCS) and Arapyaú Institute (Instituto Arapyaú).

Strategic Partnership for Fundraising and Grants

Developing joint initiatives in the area of sustainable solutions about socioeconomic and environmental challenges, and of the ecosystem of impact businesses.

Parceiro: Brazilian Biodiversity Fund – Funbio (Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade – FUNBIO).

Strategic Partnership FGB: SBN Fund – Guanabara’s Bay

Fostering entrepreneurship with a socio-environmental impact through nature-based solutions and promoting conservation.

Partners: Boticário Group Foundation (Fundação Grupo Boticário) and others.

Strategic Partnership for the south of Bahia

Promoting sustainable development in southern Bahia and influencing public policies for the region, through the sustainable development of the cocoa production chain.

Partner: Arapyaú Institute (Instituto Arapyaú).

Under construction

Paraty Alliance

Strengthening Caiçara, Quilombola and Indigenous culture (PCTs) and local productive arrangements in traditional territories, through tourism, fishing and family farming, prioritizing young people and women.

Partners: Paraty House of Culture (Casa da Cultura de Paraty), Bananal Farm (Fazenda Bananal), Comunitas, and local leaders.

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