What We Look For
We invest in those who demonstrate the capacity for growth and passion for change. Recognizing our value to investees extends beyond our financial support, we look for those entrepreneurs who mirror our drive for a more equitable, economically empowered world.
Generate revenue and focus on driving operations toward profitability or, if already profitable, toward expansion and initial growth
Ensure that those most affected by our climate crisis and are systemically restricted from participating in the economy are formally integrated into solutions
Social & Environmental Impact
Measure and demonstrate how they benefit poor or otherwise marginalized communities through quality-of-life or livelihood improvements
Are registered or intending to register under Startup India, or registered in the US and operating in India
Leverage technology to expand or deepen social or environmental impact
Require between $25,000 – $100,000 USD in investment capital
The sectors of focus include:
Agricultural value capture for farmers, laborers, or others in off-farm processing
Clean energy with productive-use applications
Waste and Circular Economy
Waste management with benefits for waste workers
Pitch to Us
We only invest in a very limited number of the businesses that apply to us every year.
If you are interested in receiving financing from S3IDF please fill out the form. If we want to know more we’ll request a meeting (virtually or in-person depending on where you are).
Support our Impact Fund
Building on our track record of 18 years of enterprise support and financing, S3IDF is expanding our direct financing of ambitious social entrepreneurs building businesses to empower communities.
We are in the process of raising a new Social Impact Fund to support pioneering businesses. Every dollar of your donation will be matched by a private donor up to $250,000, doubling the direct impact of your contribution to the entrepreneurs solving complex social problems.
Ways to Donate to our Impact Fund
Give by Donor-Advised Fund
Give By Mail
Please send your donation checks to:
In the US
The Small-Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund
The Carriage House
5 Hastings Square
Cambridge, MA 02139- 4724 USA
S3IDF-US is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Our EIN/tax ID number is 04-3582215. Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the extend allowable by law.
S3IDF has shown through its work among the poorer sections of society in Asia and elsewhere that its approach in designing innovative solutions is unparalleled. I recommend that the development community take advantage of the advisory services that S3IDF offers.
S3IDF is one of the pioneers in providing innovative and sustainable market solutions for energy poverty. S3IDF has been an active partner with ADB’s Energy for All for a number of years, and we value S3IDF both as partner and for the critical voice that has helped to refine our projects and point us towards priority areas where our support and intervention can help make a difference in the fight against poverty.
S3IDF is a special organization; highly experienced, capable, and dedicated staff carefully work at the intersection of technology, finance, cultures, and entrepreneurship in impoverished communities. Their work fully embodies their name.