Funders & implementing partners

Funders & implementing partners

FCDO, Nike Foundation, USAID and DFAT collaborated to create a pioneering business accelerator that represents the shared belief that providing economic empowerment to girls is a critical step for ending global poverty.

Who is Funding SPRING?


The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) leads the UK’s work to end extreme global poverty by creating jobs and building vibrant local economies.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides economic, developmental, and humanitarian assistance to help end extreme global poverty.


The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)’s purpose is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth. The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government. We work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.

SPRING is thankful for the support of our pro-bono partners, offering added value which allow the Programme to have a more lasting and sustainable impact. Partners are essential in helping the SPRING participating businesses overcome barriers to launching their products and services, and scaling.

We are proud to work with the below corporate partners, who provide low-bono and in-kind technical expertise and other resources.



Hogan Lovells is a leading global law firm providing business-orientated legal advice and high-quality service across its exceptional breadth of practices to clients around the world.

Find out more about SPRING’s partnership with Hogan Lovells, our first corporate partner.

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.

Deutsche Bank is committed to supporting the long-term success of small and early-stage enterprises that create social good. Made for Good applies our business know-how to help these ventures achieve lasting change in society.


SheSays is an award-winning global organisation offering free mentorships, networking and events to women in the creative industry. They are mainly supporting us on the organisation of the International Day of the Girl 2017.
Read our blog article on our kickoff event.


The Yard Creative is a privately owned, award winning design studio based in South London.
Their core design services include interior design, graphic design, strategy, branding and research.

Smart Impact Capital

Smart Impact Capital, part of Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, addresses the needs and common pitfalls of impact entrepreneurs seeking to raise investment capital. Through action-oriented online resources, Smart Impact Capital allows entrepreneurs to access the right information at the right time.

Who is delivering SPRING?


African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC) is a network of business accelerators in East Africa with the goal of job creation through youth entrepreneur development. Locally branded as “Inkomoko” in Rwanda and “Anza” in Tanzania, AEC provides more than 100 entrepreneurs annually with capacity building, mentorship, technical support, and access to low-cost finance.


Global experts in Human-Centred Design. fuseproject designs brands and gets products to market, from game-changing startups to world icons like One Laptop Per Child. Clients include Facebook, Pepsi, Paypal, Google, and General Electric.


A leading African business scale-up accelerator. They grow local and international startups and businesses into exceptional enterprises through business acceleration activities, strategic advice and access to investments. GrowthAfrica was founded on the desire and mission to proactively contribute to the social and economic growth of African economies through strengthening of the competitiveness of local enterprises.


Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. For 50 years, Palladium has supported the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of development projects and has extensive expertise in the empowerment of girls and innovative market reform to improve lives worldwide.