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COSEF LLC


COSEF is the first locally domiciled impact investment company in Uganda and established by Masindi Community Foundation (MCF) that provides financing and technical assistance to SMEs with high growth potential and social impact in partnership with MCF and local angel investors as co investors business advisors and mentors.UN report 2003 estimates that there are over 1.5 million SMEs in Uganda. However 78% of these SMEs show business failure within the first 2 years due to 2 main problems i.e. lack of financing and business development services.These small businesses with high growth prospect and good return on investments are too big to access financing and business development services from microfinance institutions and also cannot access such services from formal financial institutions because of their risky nature due to lack of formal collaterals resulting into a missing middle .COSEF taps into this great business opportunity by providing much needed financing comprehensive Business Development Services (BDS) and Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) improvements to enable the enterprises grow sustainably create employment for the increasing number of unemployed youth and rural low income people in the country and also contribute generously to the country s GDP while providing superior financial returns to investors. Due to lack formal collaterals to secure debt investments SMEs in Uganda require mezzanine and equity financing.Through these instruments COSEF provides financing to high growth potential and social impact SMEs with promising Cashflow statements.COSEF invests in companies operating within 4 key sectors with high demand for products and services. The sectors are Agro processing Small scale manufacturing Energy and Financial technology. Key investment criteria are Company should have existed for atleast 1 year employing atleast 5 people with promising cash flows and in the formal sector Financing request should range from $50000 $1000000 structured as either Equity or Mezzanine debt Create new and quality jobs for the youth women and other low income people Provide quality and affordable product and services to improve livelihoods of low income customers Clear growth potential and led by local experienced entrepreneurs Company should not have any negative effects on the environment.COSEF is managed by a local professional investing team consisting of Advisors and Board of Directors. The team has over 100 years combined experience and expertise in the areas of business development impact and socially responsible investing and appropriate fund management practices having managed combined assets of over $850m of various investment firms.

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Cnote


United States of America

CNote is on a mission to expand access to capital and investment opportunities to those currently underserved by traditional financial constructs. CNote believe that the dollars can be an instrument for change not just in charitable and purchasing decisions but in investment and savings decisions. CNote CNote' mission is bigger than making a steady return.

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Loans4SME


India

Loans4SME is a curated marketplace that connects creditworthy small businesses with lenders to address the gap in debt funding for Indian SMEs. By carefully selecting creditworthy companies through a proprietary credit scoring algorithm and offering structured debt solutions Loans4SME catalyse private investment in SMEs and expand the universe of debt providers beyond traditional lenders to include high net worth individuals family investment offices and corporate treasuries.

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Even


United States of America

Even formerly Yett is building a new type of bank one purposefully designed to help people living with the realities of 21st century poverty. A bank that automatically manages their customers' finances. Pays their bills. Balances their budget. Saves and invests. And at the tip of the iceberg gives each and every customer a weekly paycheck of purely disposable income.

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Human Investing


United States of America

Serving the investor.In 2004 Peter Fisher left Merrill Lynch with 2 colleagues to found what is now Human Investing. We believe in listening more than we speak admitting what we don't know and offering genuine transparency. Today our team s approach to wealth management and retirement plan services reflect these core values and allow us to proudly partner with a number of companies families individuals and non profits.

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Toilet Accelerator


Switzerland

Founded in 2014 the TBC is a unique business led partnership with the ambition to address the global sanitation crisis by accelerating the Sanitation Economy. The TBC is enabling private sector engagement connecting large and small companies and ensuring close collaboration between private public and non profit sectors with the common goal to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) universal access to sanitation.The TBC runs the Toilet Accelerator the world s 1st accelerator programme dedicated to sanitation entrepreneurs in low income markets.The members of the Toilet Board Coalition believe that accelerating the Sanitation Economy will deliver significant impact to business and society.

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Cambridge Social Ventures


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IDP Foundation, Inc.


The IDP Foundation Inc. is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global issues. It is our vision to eliminate barriers to quality education in Africa while stimulating socioeconomic growth and development. It is our mission cultivate social entrepreneurship in education through market based solutions and public private partnerships. it is our strategy to 1. Increase the impact of the IDP Rising School Program by expanding in Ghana replicating in other countries and adding/augmenting existing quality mechanisms 2. Advocate for and develop education ecosystems for the low fee privates school sector through public private partnerships that complement government provision. 3. Invest in/grant to social enterprise development in education and other sectors. The corpus of the IDP Foundation is 92% mission aligned and with the corpus we are sector and geographically agnostic.

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Bloomium


United Kingdom of Great Britai

Bloomium attempts to capture ideas or digital projects to turn them into excellent business. By investing what selected projects may need capital technical development mentoring legal support or knowledge. Bloomium also aims to connect important corporates with the startup ecosystem working with them to innovate by identifying disruptive products or services to invest or implement to increase profits.

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GroundFloor


The Challenge While United Way proudly supports established non profits that provide much needed products and services in our community we realize its not always feasible or prudent for these organizations to change course or divert resources to explore a new initiative. With that in mind the GroundFloor is unique in three key waysInnovation GroundFloor enables new or existing organizations to apply for funding for groundbreaking ventures that place social impact at the heart of their business model.Fellows Recipients of funding may be both non profit and for profit organizations intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial ventures.Milestones Seed funding is linked to the completion of program activities and milestones to ensure that impact can be made quickly. Our Work Drawing on the strength of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and supporters from across the community. GroundFloor provides a three pronged investment approach. Financial capital through seed funding to accelerate your impact workHuman capital through expert instruction and one on one mentoring to refine your planSocial capital through the United Way network to increase visibility connections and resources. Our Approach at United Way we know that innovation can come from many different places. That's why GroundFloor is designed to support innovation from both new organizations and from within established non profits. GroundFloor looks for ideas that fill gaps in our community landscape. We find innovative ideas poised to better our community and supply them with the critical resources needed to bring those ideas to life. Fellows are problem solvers whose innovations will help us move toward United Ways 10 year community goals. Our investment in these organizations provides wrap around support to help innovators refine their solutions to be more sustainable and impactful.

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