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What is the Edge Action ESD Fund?

The Edge Action ESD Fund was established in 2011 and is Edge Growth’s in-house enterprise and supplier development fund, providing effective ESD solutions, maximizing socio-economic impact through responsible investment and ensuring B-BBEE code compliance. Our funding is tailored to individual entrepreneurs and comes with support mechanisms, such as specialised mentorship and access to markets through corporate supply chains, propelling entrepreneurs to next level growth and scalability.

Edge Action ESD Fund team


How can we help you, the Corporate?


Are any of these challenges constraining your ESD initiatives?


Your Challenges

Limited in house capacity
to run E&SD well themselves
Edge Action Solves This By:
Pooling funds to enable a more significant ESD solution to take effect
Limited ESD budget to
have real impact
Edge Action Solves This By:
Finding the right SMEs who will grow and create sustainable jobs
Limited extent of supply
chain to absorb new SMEs
Edge Action Solves This By:
Providing holistic growth support to SMEs to build capacity
No access to suitable SMEs
for their contributions
Edge Action Solves This By:
Assisting in the provision of a bigger market through multiple sponsors’ supply chains and Edge Growth ESD programmes


Edge Action offers Fund Contributors:
100% Compliance
  • Obtain ED and SD points in one contribution
  • Solution adheres to letter & spirit of E&SD codes
  • Approved by reputable rating agencies
Immediate &
Efficient Points
  • Make contribution into Fund Trust account and be ready for audit immediately
  • Ability to accept loans making your contribution very cash efficient
Value Added Services
  • Documented ESD strategy
  • Marketing & PR
  • Sourcing and selecting of SMEs
Responsible ESD
  • Pipeline of sustainable, job creating SMEs
  • Credible ESD provider with over 10 years in industry
  • Appropriate governance in place
Customised Solutions
  • Ring-fence option for specific requirements
  • In-house skills and capacity to ensure sustainability

Edge Action knows that ESD can be a complicated terrain to navigate, but compliance requirements should not be ignored. Good corporate citizenship should be high on the agenda for any South African business, making Edge Action a responsible solution for ESD.



Some of our Clients


With more than 10 years in the field, we understand how to cater to the needs of the corporate as well as the entrepreneur. Over that time, we’ve delivered tangible results to entrepreneurs across South Africa and have partnered with enterprises across all sectors.


These are just a few of them:

How can we help the SME?


Our funding, coupled with practical business growth strategies and operational plans, is tailored to the individual entrepreneur. This ensures that through various support mechanisms, such as post funding, specialised mentorship, and access to markets through corporate supply chains, we propel entrepreneurs to the next level of growth and scalability. The right SMEs, paired with the right investors, and with the continuous support of experienced business growth professionals through the Edge Action fund, are afforded the opportunities and resources they need to grow and thrive.

Since its inception, the Edge Action Fund has:


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Provided funding and growth support to more than 30 SMEs Increased the average revenue of investee SMEs by 40% Created over 400 permanent and temporary jobs
All businesses considered for inclusion in Edge Action must:

icon Be seeking funding of between R1m and R10m (or more on an exception basis)
icon Be deemed to have strong growth potential
icon Be revenue-generating
icon Show potential for good job creation and social impact
icon Be at least 51% black-owned
icon Have a strong team with relevant experience and a proven track record of implementing growth within the business
Who are some of the SMEs we’ve supported?


The SMEs selected to be a part of the Edge Action portfolio have shown themselves to be of outstanding quality, capable of the kind of growth potential needed to make a genuine socio-economic impact within their communities. Here are some of the success stories we’ve helped create:

Edge screens 300 SMEs, shortlisting 30 high-potential SMEs suitable for growth support.

Read more about Anglo Coal

SAB’s KickStart initiative is re-engineered tocreate a more focused, comprehensive approach towards providing high-impact, sustainable business support.

Read more about KickStart

Cabs for Women receives the capital it needs to grow the fleet and create employment for previously disadvantaged women.

Read more about Cabs For Women

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