Our work

We believe that local, impact-focused entrepreneurs are the key to effective, sustainable, locally-led development. Unfortunately, they are the least likely to receive the necessary support to help validate and grow their ventures, often being perceived as too challenging, too risky, or too early stage. This is the gap that ygap fills – supporting this niche of locally-led impact ventures and backing them to create sustainable change. 

Supporting the growth of locally-led impact ventures

ygap programs

Strengthening the local entrepreneurial ecosystems in which locally-led impact ventures operate in

ygap Collaborations

Our Alignment with the UN SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030 and seek to mobilize global efforts around a common set of goals and targets.

The SDGs call for worldwide action among governments, business and civil society to end poverty and create a life of dignity and opportunity for all, within the boundaries of the planet.

Unlike their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs explicitly call on all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solve sustainable development challenges.

We are committed to supporting the SDGs by finding local leaders around the world with solutions to local problems facing poverty, health, education, equality, food security, sustainability, safety and so on. Our role is to help refine, support and scale their solutions to ensure we contribute maximum social impact.

ygap and the SDGs

Our impact

Since 2008 we have:


supported541impact ventures

impacted the lives of 1,295,411people

Looking to become a local leader and change the lives of people in your area? Join one of our accelerators and grow your venture.