I recently returned from a trip to the Philippines, where I was visiting the four winners of IIX’s Impact Accelerator program. Throughout the trip, I was constantly inspired by the passion of the social entrepreneurs and the sacrifices they endured in order to start their social venture. As I sat in a water pumping station in Orani Bataan, a town three hours outside of Manila, chatting with Stephen, the CEO of Hiraya Technology Solutions (a pioneering water enterprise that developed an advanced pressure management system to help water service providers adjust water pressure while reducing water waste), I started to become acutely aware of the enterprise’s key needs and the support it required to scale. This was an exciting challenge, but also a sobering one – it reminded me of the important role that Impact Accelerator plays in growing and scaling the impact of these innovative, early-stage enterprises.

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