Funding Opportunities

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Funding type: Venture Capital

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is a global venture philanthropy firm supporting early stage, high impact social enterprises. We believe that with early funding and rigorous support, exceptional leaders, tackling some of society’s most complex problems, can make the world a better place.

Lending for African Farming

Funding type: Loan

LAFCo lends to agricultural SMEs that work directly with smallholder farmers, and which have constrained access to working capital. Focus: Funding Type: Funding Opportunities, Loans Website:

Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund

Funding type: Investment

Great importance is attributed by AATIF to promoting investments along the entire agricultural value chain. The fund will strive to improve agricultural practices to increase crop yields or assist in building storage and processing capacity to broaden local value addition.

The WFP Innovation Accelerator

Funding type: Grant

Do you have a project with the potential to solve hunger? If yes, then apply to the WFP Innovation Accelerator and receive up to 100,000 USD in equity-free funding, mentorship from industry experts and access to the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Aavishkaar

Funding type: Investment

Aavishkaar (invention) was founded in 2001. The India-based impact investor focuses on low-income customers for products and services in agriculture, finance, education, energy and healthcare. Aavishkar will make investments of $500,000 to $5 million in major East and West African markets.

Pearl Capital Partners

Funding type: Private Equity

We are an independent agriculture investment management firm. We administer portfolio management on behalf of African Agricultural Capital Fund (AACF), a US$25 million agricultural fund, the African Seed Investment Fund (ASIF), a US$12 million seed fund and our original investment company, African Agricultural Capital Ltd (AAC), a US$ 9 million in equity subscriptions.

Agri-Vie Agribusiness Investment Fund

Funding type: Investment

Agri-Vie is a private equity investment fund focused on food and agribusiness in Sub-Sahara Africa, a foundational sector of the continent’s economies. Agri- Vie harnesses private equity investment disciplines to generate above-average investment returns, while also addressing development impact challenges.

Databank Financial Services Limited

Funding type: Investment

Databank’s mission is to empower its customers to achieve financial independence by promoting financial literacy and offering a diverse range of investment products. To deliver on this mission, Databank offers corporate finance, brokerage, fund management and research services to local and foreign individuals, multinational companies, pension trusts and institutional investors for the ECOWAS sub-region.

Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P)

Funding type: Investment

I&P manages four impact funds fully dedicated to African SMEs, mainly differentiated by the company size they target. Our funds have progressively extended I&P’s scope of intervention, and propose an investment continuum between €30,000 and €3 million.

Digital Innovation for Development in Africa (DIDA)

Funding type: Grant

UKRI expects to make 15-20 awards of between £100,000 – £150,000 over 12 months to seed fund Networks. At stage two, Networks awarded in stage one will be invited to bid into a second call in 2020 with up to £19M available across six to eight projects over 3 years. Call Deadline: November 12, 2019

SME Impact Fund

Funding type: Loan

SME Impact Fund leverages the relationship between SMEs and smallholder farmers to channel funding needs.

Blue Moon Ventures

Funding type: Equity

Blue Moon invests in scalable startup businesses based on “10-10-1” model that allows investment of US$10,000 in each startup in return for 10% equity and requires each team to invest US$1,000 as their contribution.

SAB Foundation

Funding type: Grant

SAB Foundation is a development organisation that creates opportunities for women and youth entrepreneurs in rural areas especially those with disability through capacity development and innovative financing.

Agrolay Agricultural Company

Funding type: Equity

Agrolay incubates and invests US$10,000-US$200,000 in enterprises and entrepreneurs across the food value chain.

Ruforum (Rufrorum Young African Entrepreneurs Competition-RUYAEC)

Funding type: Grant

The overall purpose of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas among African youth.

Synergy Capital Managers

Funding type: Equity

With a significant unmet funding gap for SMEs existent in West Africa, Synergy Capital Managers, is a dedicated SME investor with 10 years’ experience investing in high-growth companies in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF)

Funding type: Grant

Launched in 2015, the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is the largest African philanthropic initiative committed to empowering African entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship on the continent.

Norfund

Funding type: Private Equity

Creating jobs and improving lives by investing in businesses that drive sustainable development.

Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)

Funding type: Grant

Since 1977, ACWW has funded small-scale, women-led development projects in communities around the world. We work hard to make sure that these projects reflect the changes that women in those communities need and, as we fund through local partner-organisations, we ensure that local solutions are found to address local issues.

Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers Limited (SCAML)

Funding type: Equity

Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers Limited (SCAML) manages Fund for Agricultural Finance (FAFIN) which provides long-term, tailored finance and associated technical assistance to high growth, commercially attractive agricultural small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) across all regions in Nigeria.

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