Center for Inclusive Business
Connecting small businesses globally to the formal economy through research and education.
The Markaaz Foundation wants to change the world by helping SMBs reach their full potential through research and education built on 3 pillars: Inclusion, Digital Transformation, and Access to Equal Opportunities.
Research, Education, and Resources
Access to Equal Opportunities
Purpose, impact, and care are core to the culture at Markaaz.
We are committed to harnessing our culture to improve the state of the world. Markaaz continually demonstrates our strong commitment to do good in society and the economy through the Markaaz Foundation, working with partner organizations around the globe, and inspiring our employees to do good.
The Foundation gives small businesses a voice and listens to their needs.
The Foundation delivers a variety of educational programs to the underserved.
The Foundation gifts resources and tools to educated small businesses in need.
Every employee commits 5 days per year to the Foundation, either in the office or field.
Employees can opt to sponsor education for women and youth. Markaaz will match their contribution.
The Foundation works with selected partners and organizations to measure its impact across the Partnership programs (Research, Education and Resources) as well as Employee programs (Time and Sponsorship).
The Foundation defines impact as the progress of a community’s social and economic development, its access to education and resources, and its ability to digest them and use them appropriately to advance their needs.
The UN Agenda 2030 was adopted in 2015 by all Member States of the UN and International Organizations as 17 holistic goals that would allow the global community to work towards a more inclusive and prosperous society and economy.
Partnerships for the Goals
Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequalities; Responsible Consumption and Production
No Poverty; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Affordable and Clean Energy; Good Health and Well-Being; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Zero Hunger
Life on Land; Life Below Water; Clean Water and Sanitation; Climate Action
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) by the Aspen Institute is a membership network of leading companies that invest resources and time into helping small and growing businesses succeed. The Markaaz Foundation contributes with research and engagement initiatives to the ANDE.
The Austin Chamber of Commerce helps people in the region achieve greater prosperity. The Chamber has helped bring more than 400000 jobs to the region since 2004. Markaaz is working with the Chamber to bring development, opportunities, and prosperity to Austin Texas
30+ years of global leadership roles in business transformation, former President Mastercard Enterprise Partnerships and CEO AXA Global Enterprise Partnerships
Serial entrepreneur with a track record of leading global and complex transformations, across private and public sectors. Former AXA, PwC, Govt of Costa Rica, and UN