Logo Venture Capital for Africa
Connect to Grow – Call for Registrations

Connect to Grow – Call for Registrations

Supporting enterprise growth through innovation and partnership

Application period:

Application period closed
February 28, 2017 at 23:00
* East Africa Time
April 30, 2015 - May 1, 2018

Connect to Grow is a first-of-its-kind enterprise matchmaking initiative, designed to help ambitious enterprises like you, grow your business! We provide bespoke financial and technical assistance to help you develop a commercially viable and socially motivated partnership venture. Visit www.connecttogrow.org

  • Have you spotted any market opportunities you would like to pursue? 
  • Do you have needs or inefficiencies you want to overcome in your business model?
  • Do you have an established market and an existing customer base?
  • Are you well-run, socially motivated and have the potential to grow?

If the answer to these questions is yes, Connect to Grow could support you through the entire process of building a mutually beneficial partnership with an Indian enterprise. You’ll be able to access proven innovation from India, along with relevant expertise, which you can adopt or adap to your context.

This innovation might be a particular technology, product, service or a particular approach. And the partnership could take many forms provided it is adding local value in your country.  

Criteria:

1.       Min annual turnover of approx. $50,000
2.      Min 5 full-time members of staff.
3.      Min 3 years of operation.
4.      Can evidence market penetration and have access to a customer base.
5.      Access to capital – which could be used for investment.
6.      Interested in scoping out proven innovation from India.
7.       Interested in pursuing a commercially viable and socially beneficial partnership.
8.      May operate in any sector. But the partnership venture must directly contribute towards          improvements to people’s health or livelihoods.
9.      Willing to drive the partnership forwards and invest the time and resources (including          capital) required to make it a success.

Benefits to enterprises:

  • Access to a large pool of Indian innovations and enterprises with whom you may want to partner.
  • One to one support from a dedicated partnership manager who will work with you.
  • Travel grants  of approx. £1500 to allow you to meet potential partners in India.
  • Advice, guidance and support in brokering a range of different partnership arrangements and developing your propositions.
  • Grant funding of approx. £35,000 towards the cost of implementing a pilot.
  • Bespoke technical assistance to implement the pilot.
  • Advice, guidance and introductions to raise money to scale up successful pilots.
We urge anyone interested to apply as soon as possible as grant funding is allocated on a first-come first serve basis.

Interested and think you qualify? 
Register for the program

More info

Discussion