Innovation Edge


Innovation Edge is an impact-first investor focused on solving early childhood challenges in South Africa.

We help mission-aligned entrepreneurs and social innovators by de-risking early stage product and service development. We ignite the ecosystem around them; and provide multiple rounds of funding, strategic coaching, operational support and connections to social capital.

(Child Connect: This investment built on the existing South African National Department of Health (DOH) mobile messaging platform called MomConnect – a service that sends stage-based SMS health messages to mothers and caregivers until the first birthday of the child. ChildConnect tested the efficacy of including additional messaging on how best to support early learning. It also set out to gauge the feasibility of an extension of the MomConnect service for 6 months – from 12 months to 18 months of age.)