Welcome to the Impact Enterprise Research Institute (LERI). We are an innovation think-tank studying growth trends of impact enterprises on a sector level across Africa.
Our Mission is to improve the quality of financial and technical assistance delivered to impact enterprises through data. LERI envisions a new Africa where SME technical assistance is rooted on sector-specific insight and empathy-driven tools.
We collaborate with development partners, independent consultants and enterprise support organisations to profile business needs, test efficacy of existing solutions, and challenge conventional approaches to business development.
A new Africa where SME technical assistance is rooted on sector-specific insight and empathy-driven tools.
We aim to be the most authoritative voice on the technical assistance needs of
impact enterprises across 7 SDG-focused
Our work focuses on 5 business development themes: Access to finance, growth trends, SME SMEs and employment, business resilience, and enterprise success stories.
Every problem is a gift. Without problems we would not grow.
LERI investigates positive and negative impacts of crisis on business performance. We help businesses to make the best of crisis, recognising that all forms of crisis – such as the covid pandemic - come with a mix of opportunity and challenges.
Businesses that focus only on the negative impacts of a crisis tend to lose out on vital growth opportunities.
Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It's about doing more good.
The best case study is the covid pandemic. While the negative impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on business liquidity and solvency are well-documented, there is very little insight on the positive impacts of the pandemic on businesses worldwide.
Many stories of remarkable strategy shifts and operations transformation triggered by the covid19 pandemic remain undocumented. Our goal is to show this forgotten side of the story…
Understand what separates successful businesses
LERI works to understand what separates successful businesses – those that manage to scale their innovations, grow margins, grow market share, and build lucrative partnerships - from those that take longer to achieve the same goals within the same sector.
Businesses that participate in LERI’s business performance and high-growth studies get exclusive access to practical how-to-guides and executive reports to help reshape their internal operations. Our reports shade light on some of the following themes:
A strong business ecosystem celebrates entrepreneurial success.
LERI documents stories of impact entrepreneurs breaking boundaries and making good change happen. We don’t just celebrate impact entrepreneurs; we also shade a spotlight on innovation teams working behind the scenes to amplify the impact of their organisations.
Our humble contribution is to create compelling digital stories profiling industrious entrepreneurs and business teams. We celebrate every worthy business milestone; raising finance, expanding to a new markets, closing new partnerships.
All entrepreneurs need good role models and mentors to keep inspired. We believe that the right entrepreneurial role models at a sector level will encourage positive transformation for across business ecosystems.Interested in celebrating entrepreneur role models? Join LERI to celebrate entrepreneurs with foresight today
Sector-specific insight on the contribution of impact enterprises to employment creation
It is a celebrated fact that SMEs are the “number one employers” and “engine of growth” for economic development, innovation, wealth creation across emerging economies. But there’s little sector-specific insight on the contribution of impact enterprises to employment creation.
LERI’s ‘SMEs for employment’ studies investigate sector-level employment trends with an eye on enablers for decent employment opportunity creation.
Companies with their eye on their 'triple-bottom-line' outperform their less fastidious peers on the stock market
We look beyond mere numbers, exploring qualitative relationships between employment and SME access to finance, governance and management practices, workforce engagement practices, labour attrition rates by sector, and the drivers of SME ability to create decent jobs.
Are you interested in the role of SMEs in employment creation?
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Are you designing a finance or technical assistance program targeting SMEs? Partner with Listen & Evolve to understand the building blocks for successful SME technical assistance.
Work with LERI’s business empathy suite, a series of assessment tools, business health audits, and change management tools tailored to enable design of technical assistance solutions that address root causes rather than symptoms of the challenges businesses face today.
Solutions that address root causes rather than symptoms
Listen-evolve offers partners an organised model for planning impactful technical assistance. Our business empathy suite uncovers barriers and enablers of change within each enterprise with due regard to industry context.
LERI collaborates with development partners, accelerators and business development professionals on thought leadership around business development themes. If you are passionate about impact enterprises like we are, we are happy to partner on your next webinar. LERI’s research team contributes to business webinars through research insight, knowledge sharing, co-marketing events (both virtual and physical) and much more!
Let’s plan that great webinar today.
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