We (Natalia, Alberto, Lilo, & Alfonso) have known each other for more than a decade.
We have worked together to build on our common vision of supporting transparent sustainable development,
combining our expertise and skills in different disciplines, and through this collaboration,
HEDERA Sustainable Solutions GmbH was born (officially incorporated in February 2020).
Our entrepreneurial journey began with our successful application to the
Centre for Entrepreneurship
(CfE), the start-up incubator at the Technical University Berlin, in August 2017.
With the support of the CfE, our Team was awarded the EXIST Business Grant
(from the German Ministry of Energy and Economics) in October 2018.
The EXIST grant funded the team for a year (until October 2019), allowing us to bring our first
prototype of the HEDERA Impact Toolkit for SDG assessment to market and further develop it through several
pilot projects in Africa and Latin America.
In September 2019, HEDERA was one of the winners in the prestigious
Gründerwettberwerb Digitale Innovationen,
a German competition funded by BMWi that awards the
best digital innovation business ideas.
TEAM AND CONTRIBUTORS
Natalia Realpe Carrillo
CEO, Networking & Business
COO, IT & Tech Support
Product & Business Development
Software Development & Impact Management
Fundraising support, digital reports & logistics
Advisor (Python Developer)
Business Management & Operations Support
Mobile Development, Frontend
Tools testing, Research
Microfinance does not alleviate poverty. Microfinance helps vulnerable populations overcome
financial barriers to access to basic services, such as energy (through green loans),
housing, water (water credits), and education, as well as strengthen resilience to climate change.
We believe that microfinance institutions are a powerful vehicle for
with a great impact on people.
HEDERA helps financial institutions efficiently analyze their clients’ needs and demands in terms of
basic services and track their contribution to the SDGs. Sustainable development can only be achieved
through the establishment of transparent and insightful indicators.
These indicators are multidimensional, not binary. And they capture the needs at the individual household level.
This is the only way we can ensure that investments do what they are meant to – help those in need.
We provide digital solutions for data collection,
client-centric assessment, and reporting that combine the most recent software technologies
with the latest standard impact measurement methodologies, such as the
ESMAP Multi-Tier Framework
for access to energy (developed by the World Bank) and the
WASH service ladder
(developed by the WHO/UNICEF JMP).
The financial gap towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda can only be closed through a
multilateral effort of the private and public sectors. Our mission is to enable all stakeholders
committed to sustainable development to measure their real impact on all their clients.
Our solutions allow institutions to use standard reporting frameworks with minimal training.
By facilitating the use of these common languages, we enable all institutions - even the smallest -
to evaluate their impact at the triple bottom line, systematize their processes, and communicate their
achievements to their impact investors.
HEDERA & RESEARCH
We aim to bridge the gap between academia and the private sector by facilitating collaboration between the two and inter-linking all inclusive finance stakeholders.
Since HEDERA’s inception, which entailed translating research results into concrete action on the ground and culminated in the formation of a start-up enterprise, we have believed in the power of research and its importance in the development of our society.
We offer internships in the areas of marketing, management support and
software development (Python, React.js, HTML, CSS).
Please send your application by email to email@example.com.
You can also fill out the contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.