Our Grindstone 2020 programme is now open for applications where we will select the top twenty innovative scaleups to provide them with knowledge, networks and funding readiness through growth measurement, gap analysis and deep interventions designed to build a foundation for growth. We transfer skills, create relevant business networks and enable these companies to take advantage of market access opportunities. We are running our programme for both Cape Town and Johannesburg cohorts this year, and will select the best ten applicants per city
The Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme is an initiative to support the Federal Government's efforts and policy measures for the promotion of agricultural businesses and small/medium enterprises (SMEs) as vehicles for sustainable economic development and employment generation. Functional Training Areas for Entrepreneurship Development Centers Under AGSMEIS include: 1. Agriculture & Agro-allied processing 2. Art & Entertainment 3. Automobile Services 4. Fashion and Dressmaking 5. Catering & Event Management 6. Courier & Delivery Services 7. Creative Industry 8. Apparels and Textiles 9. I.C.T 10. Cottage Industry 11. Media 12. Publishing 13. Telecommunications 14. Hospitality 15. Health Services 16. Welding & Fabrication 17. Animal Husbandry 18. Cosmetics, Beauty and Makeup Artistry 19. Electrical and Electronics 20. POP and Tiling 21. Carpentry 22. Masonry
I&P has been supporting more than fifty SMEs, based in 15 African countries and operating in various sectors.I&P intervenes as a minority stakeholder. Through this association, we become a real partner to the company, and we participate to its governance, in close relationship with the management team. Our investment is established for a given period of time, after which we exit the company. We are managing several investment funds, which offer different investment deals.
Hortfin is a ring-fenced loan facility directed at the fruit industry value chain. It will provide innovative and comprehensive financing and support systems in a manner that promotes job creation, transformation and sustainability. Funding will be provided by Land Bank, Jobs Fund and the industries with the loan book being managed by the Land Bank. Participants in the broader fruit industry are expected to play an important role in identifying opportunities, forming joint ventures and generally providing support to the investee companies.
Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund based in Utrecht, the Netherlands that makes investments in sustainable aquaculture businesses that generate investment returns, while creating positive social and environmental impact. The fund invests in small to medium enterprises that are working towards the production of safe, accessible aquatic life, such as fish, shellfish and plants, in a way that does not harm the health of the planet.
Vital Capital Fund is a $350 million private equity fund that invests in opportunities which simultaneously enhance the quality of life of communities in rapidly developing nations, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, while also delivering attractive financial returns for investors.
The SSAS is a reimbursable cost-sharing government grant that can be applied to the agricultural sector, where financial support is given to businesses that are supporting the development of industry sectors and businesses contributing to the growth of SA’s exports.
The CS Fund and Warsh-Mott Legacy take an activist approach in making grants to defend traditional management of agriculture and natural resources in the Global South. Specific interests include protecting local seeds and reducing chemicals in agriculture; regulating the introduction of genetically modified organisms; and supporting communities in their self-governance of natural resources. Recent grants include several for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Most grants are under US$20 thousand.
All Countries Technology and Innovation Debt Financing
GIF is a unique hybrid investment fund that supports the piloting, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the poorest people in developing countries. Through our investments, we support a portfolio of innovations that collectively open up opportunities and improve the lives of millions of people across the developing world. We support innovators at all stages of development. Through grants, loans (including convertible debt), and equity investments ranging from $50,000 to $15 million, we back innovations with the potential for social impact at a large scale, whether they are new business models, policy practices, technologies, behavioural insights, or new ways of delivering products and services that benefit the poor in developing countries.
Mango Fund promotes economic development in emerging economies by providing financial and business consulting services to experienced and growth-oriented entrepreneurs. Perform value addition activities mainly in manufacturing, agro-processing, and technical farming, but other sectors are welcome to apply. Engage with technology to provide skilled employment – we like social impact, especially job creation.