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Facilitate market development and transparency by matching investors with investable impact opportunities.
The Amazon Investor Coalition promotes innovative businesses, projects and investment funds with nature-positive bioeconomy solutions that can outcompete the deforestation economy. We work to generate economic competitiveness for standing forests and biodiversity, while prioritizing the health and wellness of local populations and their communities.
Together with local and global partners, we help to mature the pipeline of nature-positive Amazonian companies. And to scale the process, we facilitate matchmaking between investors and investment-ready opportunities.
INVESTMENTS IN AMAZONIA
The Finance Amazonia Report: Demystifying the why, what, how, and who of Amazon forest investing
The Amazon “impact opportunity zone” is vast. Numerous industries that value standing forests and ecosystem health are taking off. Biodiversity-based business innovation is being driven by a range of markets, including food-and-beverage, cosmetics, pigments, climate mitigation, biomimetics, pharmaceuticals, materials and more. This report covers some of the trends and their challenges. It outlines leading bioeconomy solutions, offers a taxonomy of venture opportunities, and presents the results from a survey of over 90 investors who shared details about their historic and future plans for investing in the Amazon.
Gender Equality & Social Inclusion
The Amazon Investor Coalition is committed to advancing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) as part of its mission to increase and improve investment in forest-friendly enterprise. In partnership with Janela 8, we produced this report about gender, race and culture in the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem. We outline recommendations for strengthening the business landscape and increasing the pipeline of investable startups and cooperatives that help protect standing forests.
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AMAZON-POSITIVE BUSINESS PORTFOLIOS
In 2022 and 2023, the Amazon Investor Coalition joined forces with CERTI in a strategic partnership to strengthen forest-positive entrepreneurship and help the Amazon region realize its full potential as the world’s largest sustainable and diverse bioeconomy. Through the Amazon Journey program, we issued an open call across Latin America for companies with solutions for protecting biodiversity, restoring natural ecosystems, and sustaining forest guardians. We received a total of 161 applications through our International Hub for Amazon Startups. Fourteen of the most promising Amazon-Positive Businesses were featured in our first showcase for investors in December 2022.
An additional 15 were selected to participate in CERTI’s Sinergia startup strengthening program and were showcased to investors and community stakeholders in March 2023. The partnership between the Amazon Investor Coalition (AIC) and the CERTI Foundation was supported by the UK Government’s Partnerships for Forests program.
AMAZON-POSITIVE BUSINESSES - Portfolio 1
Featuring 14 of the Amazon’s most promising nature-positive businesses, ready for their next stage of growth. They represent a diverse range of solutions from land restoration and food security, to super- nutrients and nano-cosmetics, to web3 and supply chain transparency, to remote sensing for rapid fire response.
AMAZON-POSITIVE BUSINESSES: SINERGIA - Portfolio 2
Featuring 15 innovative businesses that were selected for their high-impact potential and invited into CERTI’s Sinergia program to prepare them for scaling.
AMAZON FUNDS - Portfolio 3
A growing number of funds/vehicles are looking to deliver market rate returns alongside measurable impact linked to growing enterprises within the Amazon bioeconomy. To support Amazon-positive deal flow, we have partnered with Capital for Climate to curate an open-access database of “Amazon-serious funds”–investment funds with a serious Amazonian mandate and a proven track record.
OPEN-ACCESS AMAZON-fOCUSED FUND DATABASE
A growing number of funds/vehicles are looking to deliver market rate returns alongside measurable impact linked to growing enterprises within the Amazon bioeconomy. To support Amazon-positive deal flow, we have partnered with Capital for Climate to curate an open-access database of “Amazon-focused funds”–investment funds with a significant Amazonian mandate and a proven track record.
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODELS
COMMERCIALLY VIABLE VENTURE PATHWAYS
In addition to showcasing forest-positive startups for investors, we also feature profiles of sustainable businesses in the Amazon to provide examples of the business models we seek to help scale. This resource profiles successful commercial enterprises in the Amazon region that help to sustain forests and people.
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Tell us what types of investments you are looking for so that we can share the right opportunities with you.
INVESTIBLE STARTUPS INTAKE FORM
Startups can introduce themselves to the AIC and submit decks for a chance to meet investors.
Join our community and get matched with partners through our Partnership Development Program.
The Amazon Investor Coalition unites philanthropy, investment, and corporate procurement to catalyze new economics for ecosystem regeneration, decarbonization, and conservation.
We mobilize patient, risk-tolerant capital and blended finance to strengthen the bioeconomy.
We connect buyers with sustainable producers, and facilitate long-term purchase agreements.