About

The AT Impact Fund was established to better enable frontier technology solutions to reach people with disabilities in Africa, and to test business models that are most likely to succeed.

Globally, there are a lot of very strong, clinically validated AT solutions that have the potential to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. But they often lack a business and distribution model that could scale sustainably in African markets, leaving at least 135 million Africans without access to much-needed AT solutions.

Our team has paved the way for disability innovation globally, built business models for the distributed energy market, accelerated FinTech and EdTech startups across Africa, and now we’re applying all these learnings and expertise to the world of Assistive Tech.

Every company in our portfolio will be provided with:

Access to capital

Grant capital plus in-kind venture-building support to companies that are ready to test a business model for sustainable scale in Africa. We will also provide smaller grant ticket sizes plus venture-building support to early-stage companies.

Bespoke venture-building support

Venture-building support, tailored to meet the needs of each organisation. Our programme runs for 18 months, from September 2020. With each company having our support over a 6-12 month window within this period.

Our unique combination of technical assistance and capital investment could change the world of impact investing and open the door to the market of over a billion people. Startups and market innovation provides the opportunity to tackle value chain issues ranging from manufacturing, customisation, distribution and financing, to aftercare and repair.

While new technologies and materials have reduced the cost and complexity of assistive and inclusive technology, innovation and new business models provide an opportunity to reach populations previously excluded.

The Opportunity of a Billion

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AT Impact Fund is addressing

Access to AT

Solutions targeted at LMICs, particularly rural and low income users, who have a high unmet need.

Sustainable local ecosystems

Local manufacturing and infrastructure provision to support startups to scale.

Appropriate and affordable AT

Support high quality, low-cost innovations, while encouraging commercial AT providers to offer more affordable options.

1 in 7 need AT

Of the 1 billion people who require the use of an assistive technology, only 5-15% of the population have access.

80% live in emerging markets

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Building the Assistive Technology ecosystem, one coffee at a time

We reflect on how we up skilled our internal team who were new to AT, and how we can apply the same approaches to building the ecosystem

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Our team

AT Impact Fund has been launched out of the UK aid funded AT2030 programme, led by the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub. It is operationalised as a collaboration between GDI Hub, Brink, and Catalyst Fund as venture partner, providing deep expertise in AT, innovation and venture-building in Africa respectively.

Sponsors and partners