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Sustainability and society : Fuel for Business

Fuel for Business

Starting and growing a business is a proven route to long-term employment and high job satisfaction as well as wealth creation, but many people lack the confidence, skills, and financial support to seize this opportunity. Sage provides strong digital and financial foundations for businesses and start-ups run by underrepresented groups to help tackle economic inequality.

Tackling economic inequality

Our work in this area is carried out by Sage Foundation, which is committed to making a difference through business mentoring, advice, and support for businesses run by, or supporting, under represented groups. By engaging with a wide range of societal groups, we can help to address inequalities and build sustainable communities.

We aim to help those who need it the most, in both local and wider communities, through programmes that knock down the barriers that drive inequality. Sage Foundation is committed to increasing access and inclusion to entrepreneurship, actively seeking out partnerships that increase our ability to make an impact.
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The BOSS Impact Fund – investing in women of colour

We are currently in a three-year partnership with the BOSS (Bringing Out Successful Sisters) Network, who “promote and encourage the small business spirit and career development of women of colour.

Sage funding has supported 35 black female entrepreneurs, each of whom received a $10,000 grant to help grow their business, alongside wrap-around business advisory
services through BOSS Business University webinar trainings co-hosted by Sage experts and mentorship. Sage is also the Sponsor of BOSS Network’s annual Ladies that Lead conference, a one-day virtual event highlighting influential women of colour, and inspiring other women to share their journey.

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE)

We’re partnering with ACE in Atlanta and North Georgia to provide low-cost loans and educational resources to disadvantaged business owners.

These loans will help borrowers create and grow sustainable businesses that generate jobs. Our three-year-long programme will provide individuals with clear advice, business support and help them unlock up to $1,750,000 backed and low interest loans.
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Young business owner in hard hat with clipboard in a warehouse of stock


To tackle economic inequality, we’ve partnered with Kiva. By supporting Kiva to provide loans to underserved communities we can help give individuals the opportunity to start businesses.

We’re providing:

  • $300,000 capital to entrepreneurs directed through Kiva and local field partners. This fund will revolve for three years for a total impact of nearly $900,000
  • $200,000 capital to social entrepreneurs and support for 24 social entrepreneurs who will benefit from loans ($50k-250k) from Kiva


Together Ashoka and the Sage Foundation are providing grants for leading social entrepreneurs.

We’re supporting:

  • A stipend to help leading social entrepreneurs champion innovative ideas to help the lives of millions
  • Ashoka Young Changemakers programme that helps young people become changemakers within their own communities
  • 1,000 Sage colleagues to become changemakers through education and inspiration activities
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Teens in AI

As part of a multi-year partnership with the Sage Foundation and Teens in AI, we're aiming to inspire the next generation of ethical artificial intelligence researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders. The goal is to give young people early exposure to AI that is developed and deployed for social good, and focuses on two programmes:

  • The International Women’s Day Hackathon 2022 and 2023, which will be hosted in 24 countries
  • The Summer Bootcamp Accelerator programme 2022 and 2023

Sage colleagues support the programme by volunteering as mentors, judges, and speakers. 

Explore our pillars

Tech for Good

We are committed to building a trusted and inclusive digital network. Through our Tech for Good pillar we want to ensure everyone has equal opportunities to access life-changing data and technology, while championing data protection, security, and the ethical use of customer data.

Protect the Planet

Our Protect the Planet pillar is our commitment to fight climate change. We are delivering on it by halving our own emissions by 2030 and becoming net zero by 2040, supporting SMBs to get to net zero and by advocating for regulatory frameworks to support the transition to a low carbon economy.

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