Sustainable Business

The Sustainable Business Group delivers solutions for companies and countries to accelerate their progress in energy transition, social and environmental integration, and supply chain reorganization. 


Entrepreneurship & Innovation

We serve as advisors and implementers in designing, managing, and monitoring projects.

Our programs support start-up incubators, business accelerators, innovation hubs, impact investors, and governments supporting entrepreneurship and innovation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Global Leaders in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Strengthen innovation ecosystems

Entrepreneurs don’t succeed in a vacuum. They need support from a range of actors, from local hubs to the corporate sector, mentors, government, and more. We use our local and global networks to make those connections.

Design and deliver impactful programs

Strengthen your offerings and differentiate your initiative with the latest in world-class programming for entrepreneurs. We design programs with sustainable benefits for businesses, communities, and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Promote equitable access to finance

Entrepreneurs need investment to grow and reach their full potential. We help match them with the right type of financing for their needs. We also work with financial institutions to educate them and design services that meet entrepreneurs’ needs.

Tap into global networks and on-the-ground expertise

DAI offers world-class innovation challenge guidance, accelerator curricula, best practices, networks, and regional expertise. We also offer convening power through our active engagement in international membership-based innovation networks: such as the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), Global Accelerator Network (GAN), International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), and the Global Private Capital Association (GPCA).

Case Studies

Leveraging our 50 years of economic development experience, DAI has built a growing portfolio of entrepreneurship and innovation programmes over the past 10 years with multilateral, bilateral, foundation, and corporate funders.

Supporting early-stage business innovation and acceleration programs in 20 emerging and frontier markets

DAI serves as the strategic global advisor for LiveWIRE, Shell’s flagship global entrepreneurship program that focuses on cleantech, agritech, sustainability, and local content. The program trains 3,000 entrepreneurs a year in 11 languages. DAI provides a suite of services to the LiveWIRE global network including feasibility studies for new accelerator programs, incubator and accelerator manager training, global communications, global entrepreneurship webinars, and facilitating the annual Top Ten Innovators sustainability & circular economy innovation challenge.

Solving Ghana’s key development challenges through program design and implementation

DAI designed, launched, and implemented the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) program in Ghana to advance locally-led, market-driven solutions to some of the country’s key challenges. KIC is Kosmos Energy’s flagship social investment program in Ghana. The program supports businesses across the entrepreneurship lifecycle. Since its design in 2015, it has developed through capacity building, personnel recruitment and management, stakeholder engagement, and investment due diligence.

  • 500+ young leaders trained in business
  • 343 direct jobs created
  • $410,000 in seed funding awarded by Kosmos
  • 30 agritech start-ups created, 16 of which were in incubation in 2020

Growing women-owned small businesses in Guyana through advisory, workshops, and mentoring

The Centre for Local Business Development, managed by DAI, launched Accelerate-Her, a program targeting local women owners, operators, and managers. The program is designed to enable the growth of small businesses through tailored workshops, access to one-on-one business advisory and mentors, pitch development, and fostering a strong and supportive peer-learning environment for women. Accelerate-Her matches professional mentors with participants based on their business background and focus.

Practice Leaders



DAI History: 40 Years of Excellence

DAI was founded in 1970 by three graduates of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government intent on providing a more dynamic and effective brand of development assistance. See how DAI is turning this American success story, into a global one.

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