How is elea supporting entrepreneurs?



elea considers itself to be an active investor that engages beyond its financial commitment by participating in the strategic development of its partner companies and organizations. At the center of its approach is the creation of a close partnership of equals between entrepreneurs and elea that is sustained by an extensive basis of trust over several years and is guided by the following partnership principles:

  • Shared values and goals
  • Equality
  • Transparency
  • Mutual interest and trust
  • Responsibility
  • Measurable outcomes


elea invests in locally based entrepreneurial initiatives to fight absolute poverty in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. It is focused on start-up and growth financing for long-term, economically self-supporting organizations. elea either invests directly in social enterprises that strive for maximum social impact or in innovative entrepreneurial projects that are economically viable in the long-term.


As an active investor, elea only gets involved when it is able to make a significant strategic contribution to the development of a partner organization in addition to a financial contribution. elea invests its ideas, energy, and capital into partnerships:

As a sparring partner, it provides ideas for the development of the partner organization via business know-how, coaching of the management team, strategic knowledge, and access to the elea network;

It provides energy as a reliable partner and through the extensive efforts of the elea team on behalf of the common goal;

It provides capital in accordance with the requirements of each individual business plan in the form of shareholding, loans, or, if necessary, also grants.

elea aims to be the preferred partner for social entrepreneurs and philanthropic investors.