FOR the SDGs
The Ground_Up Project
We partner with local and international business networks and other international organizations to source investments under US $20M that contribute to national SDG roadmaps worldwide.
We are piloting an innovative approach to connect the entrepreneur and investor sides of the growing SDG investment marketplace under the umbrella of the Pipeline Builder Project, currently being incubated within the SDG Lab at the United Nations in Geneva.
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Open to working with organizations that have a strong track record of helping impact entrepreneurs succeed. Individual entrepreneurs are also encouraged to get in touch.
With investors and their advisors, we work with capital providers who are interested in early to latter stage growth companies across a wide range of sectors and regions that clearly relate to the SDGs.
“Gaps in intermediation still remain …. few investment banks are focused on impact deals to facilitate the needed functions of capital raising and structuring for investees and, for investors, to aggregate deals to achieve the scale larger investors require.”
Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) 2018 Roadmap - Future of Impact statement
We believe that without the ability to secure finance, even solid advisory support and project preparation will fail to deliver SDG investments – this is the lesson from numerous global attempts to provide ‘technical assistance’ to SME’s and support infrastructure ‘project preparation’. At the same time, the logic that investors will always be able to find ‘deals’ also falls down when we’re talking about non-conventional opportunities, as we’ve learned that few investors are willing or able to take the risk or deploy the technical expertise that would make projects bankable – nor necessarily should they.
The market needs a catalyst that connects entrepreneurs with capital, so that much more investment can be allocated to sustainable entrepreneurs to successfully grow their businesses.
Ground_Up Project is positioned to play this catalyst brokering role.
Contact us to learn more about our work.