Africa has many investment opportunities, but access to capital below $10M has proven to be very difficult for SME’s. Especially for early stage investment. Overhead and transaction costs are disproportionate for smaller investment tickets and thus hamper investment willingness. Risk return ratios do not meet portfolio requirements of the lager funds.
Real impact begins in the first stages of development and this is where support and guidance is crucial; reality shows that opportunities are missed, potential ignored and investment hampers. This is the so called “Finance Gap”. Since 15+ years I support innovative projects, new, existing or expanding businesses with subsidy and grant requests. I write business plans and guide projects through the development processes during several years which gives me the opportunity to get to know my clients well. This is what I enjoy mostly about this work. And of course, seeing companies producing, offering and developing new products or services that benefit employees and the local economy in general.
15+ year project development in Africa & Latin America
Writing business plans, grant proposals and reporting
Startup and management support experience