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ANDE Catalyst Fund

The ANDE Catalyst Fund (formerly the Capacity Development Fund) fuels initiatives aimed at improving collaboration between and the capacity of organizations within the small and growing business (SGB) sector. The goal of the ANDE Catalyst Fund is to increase the productivity and effectiveness of ANDE members, while creating tools and insights that can help the SGB sector as a whole. 

The fund launched in 2009 with $1,000,000 in seed funding from The Lemelson Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Shell Foundation. Since then, more than $2.3 million has been disbursed to 34 member organizations and the grant-making facility has been replenished with funds from Citi Foundation, MasterCard Worldwide, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women.

Each year the grant selection process has been driven by different areas of impact based on funder interest. Past programs have emphasized proposals with the potential to alleviate human capital constraints, drive innovation in invention-based enterprises, or transform women’s entrepreneurship. A key ingredient of all funded proposals, however, is the benefit produced for the SGB sector.


You can read more about the history of the fund and the process here. If you are interested in partnering with ANDE on the ANDE Catalyst Fund, please contact ANDE’s Director of Strategic Development, Kate McElligott, at or call 202-736-3521. 

ANDE Catalyst Fund Winners

ANDE announced the winners of the seventh round of the ANDE Catalyst Fund in November 2016.

For more information on the winning proposals in 2016, please click here.

Click here to learn about the impact of ANDE Catalyst Fund. 

“10,000 Women has been proud to support the ANDE Catalyst Fund, which has achieved impressive results. The Fund is a unique opportunity to leverage ANDE’s extensive network to foster new global collaborations. These partnerships have produced innovative developments of significant value to the small and growing business sector” 

— NOA MEYER Managing Director and Global Head of 10,000 Women, Goldman Sachs.

Financial support for the ANDE Catalyst Fund has been generously provided by: