Welcome to the Accelerator

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The world can always use good ideas.  But today, the world urgently needs innovative, game-changing work that leverages investment capital for our most pressing issues. From climate resiliency to sustainable food sources, The Nature Conservancy believes that investment in conservation and other natural solutions can help realize a future where people and nature thrive together.

That’s why NatureVest, the conservation investing unit of The Nature Conservancy, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. teamed up to launch the Conservation Investment Accelerator (the Accelerator), a grant program aimed at finding and supporting the best talent and most meaningful work in the field of conservation investment.

The inaugural Accelerator competition took place in early 2017, with an impressive field of applicants from around the world. Four recipients were announced in July 2017, and have been hard at work developing their projects with the support of the Accelerator and its advisors. We are very excited to launch this year’s competition and once again see creative and innovative ideas at work.

Recent research shows that investor commitments to conservation are growing rapidly – a 62% increase between 2013 and 2015 – yet investors continue to face fundamental challenges finding deals that meet their guidelines, including size, track record, and risk/return parameters. We thus face both an opportunity and an imperative to accelerate the development of great ideas that can meet investor demand.

NatureVest itself works to source and structure investments, across the spectrum of risk/return profiles, that support The Nature Conservancy’s mission and conservation strategies. But the importance of conservation requires a network of like-minded participants – the Accelerator is our way of helping others with similar goals, by providing grant funding for a variety of uses that can help speed projects to market and foster conservation at scale.

We’re Looking for You

The Accelerator is accepting applications for support from conservation investment leaders with promising ideas across all stages of development, from proof-of-concept projects in need of further testing to later-stage deals that are nearly execution and investment ready. If your project has a clearly defined, measurable and scalable conservation objective in one of our core conservation focus areas, along with a compelling opportunity for investment returns, an Accelerator grant could help you bring your idea to market.

We highly encourage applications from all eligible parties. Be sure to read our FAQs, eligibility requirements, and Rules thoroughly to determine your eligibility and if the Accelerator is right for your project.

About the sponsors

NatureVest focuses on sourcing and structuring conservation investment opportunities, raising capital from investors looking to generate both financial returns and conservation outcomes, and sharing our knowledge and expertise with the investing and conservation communities to accelerate the growth of the conservation impact investing marketplace. The team collaborates with colleagues across the Conservancy’s 3,800 staff in 65 countries to leverage the scientific resources and on-the-ground conservation expertise of the world’s largest conservation NGO.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has sponsored NatureVest since 2014, and has provided a generous cornerstone grant to launch the Accelerator.

NatureVest will administer the Accelerator, with support from an Advisory Committee comprised of leaders from the philanthropic, corporate and investment worlds. Read more about our Advisory Committee. We are grateful for their insights and participation.

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