Our Approach

Co-Emergence ApproachRapid economic development in emerging markets is driving exponential growth in the demand for health and education services that governments alone cannot meet.

The Health Sector

Today, 60% of health services in emerging markets are provided by an informal and unregulated private sector. Meanwhile, the demand and ability to pay for high-quality, affordable health services are rapidly expanding and an aging population is generating a shift in health needs from infectious diseases to non-communicable and chronic diseases, driving the demand for new services. Innovations based on new technologies and “big data” create opportunities for those markets to leapfrog and offer high-quality patient-centered care at an affordable cost for middle- and low-income populations. Additionally, global pharmaceutical companies, medical devices manufacturers and insurance groups are increasingly considering emerging markets as the next growth opportunity: they are looking for partnership opportunities.

The Education Sector

Although school attendance has increased worldwide, the quality of public education is generally weak. Increasingly, parents and students are looking for alternatives in the private sector. As in the health sector, demand and ability to pay for affordable, high-quality education are rapidly expanding. New technologies and training methods are creating opportunities to revolutionize education systems and prepare the next generation to lead their countries’ development.

Opportunities and Challenges

High-potential social entrepreneurs aim to leverage those opportunities to create sustainable social impact.  Few of them, however, have access to the networks, resources, and skills they need to transform their ideas into growing businesses that will eventually reach financial return and social impact at scale.

Social impact investment, now referred to by many as an emerging asset class, is gaining momentum. Donors, foundations and wealthy individuals are creating social innovation funds and promising investment tools such as social impact bonds are emerging. This new breed of investors seeks to invest in double-bottom-line projects (with both financial return and social impact). All, however, struggle to find promising ventures to invest in.

As their funding decreases, traditional development actors — from government to civil society — are looking for alternatives that will help them accomplish their missions, including more sustainable, market-driven approaches through private sector engagement and cross-sectoral partnerships. Such alliances, however, have rarely produced the expected results. The challenge of making those partnerships operational is often due to cultural misunderstandings and misalignments across sectors.

Our Unique Position: Catalyzing New Markets for Health and Education

Co-EmergenceCo-Emergence aims to leverage these opportunities while addressing the challenges that prevent social enterprises and cross-sectoral alliances from developing to their full potential and creating significant social change. We act as enabler and a catalyzing force.

We provide hands-on strategic and management support to social entrepreneurs so they can develop their ideas into promising business ventures  that social impact investors will, in turn, invest in. We leverage all relevant resources and skills from private companies, governments, donors, and civil society to maximize chances for success and we remain actively involved until more traditional actors are ready to step in.