South Asian / African Enterprises

To be eligible for this programme you must fit the below criteria.

  • You are based in Asia or Africa. See list of applicable countries here.
  • You are a growing enterprise (Preferably, you have been in operation for at least 1 year, and have at least 4 members of staff).
  • You are well-managed and ambitious, with an established market and an existing customer base.
  • You are articulate and clearly able to explain your business model, your market, and your revenue streams.
  • You might be for-profit or not-for-profit, but you must be socially motivated.
  • You are interested in scoping out proven innovation from India which can be adopted or adapted to your context. This may be a technology, a product, service or an approach.
  • You are interested in pursuing a commercially viable and socially beneficial partnership venture with an Indian enterprise. (Visit our defining partnership page to see what we mean by the term ‘partnership’.)
  • You may operate in any sector. But the partnership venture must directly contribute towards improvements to people’s health or agricultural prospects.
  • You are willing to drive the partnership forwards and invest the time and resources required to make it a success.
  • You are a fully competent English speaker.
  • You have internet connectivity and access to email services.

If you meet these criteria, then Connect to Grow is right for you!

If you are a South Asian / African enterprise looking for Inclusive business support in Africa, Connect to Grow can help you

Why do you need a partner?

  • You may lack the time, resources or knowledge to exploit opportunities and fill gaps which could help you grow
  • You may lack the knowledge of existing innovations, be they products, services or business models which could be adapted to your situation.
  • You may lack expertise or resource to innovate and pilot by yourself, or you may find the prospect of doing so too high risk.

How will the Programme support you?

  • Direct support from the Connect team to fully define your needs and opportunities for growth.
  • Access to a range of suitable innovation and Indian enterprises who are keen to explore partnership with you.
  • Travel grants of up to US$2,500 to allow you to visit potential partners in India.
  • Dedicated one-to-one support to find and build a relationship with a prospective partner.
  • Tailored advice, guidance and support to broker an appropriate partnership arrangement (be it a licensing agreement, franchise, joint venture or other).
  • Technical assistance and financial support up to US$50,000 towards the cost of implementing a pilot venture in the South Asian or sub-Saharan African country.
  • Advice, guidance and support to raise money to scale up successful pilot ventures.
  • Opportunity to link with a range of intermediaries who may boost the partnership’s prospects (from foundations, government, investors, associations, NGOs, Multi-Nationals, or other).
  • Opportunities for wider promotion and marketing..

Key partnership considerations

  • Proposal must be for formal, mutually beneficial partnerships where the Indian Enterprise will add value and promote innovation, and the South Asian or African enterprise will bring local expertise and market knowledge.
  • Connect to Grow will not support proposals for partnerships which are simply designed for the Indian Enterprise to set up their own operations in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Enterprises must be ambitious, entrepreneurial and well-managed, with some available resource to invest in developing a partnership.
  • Partners must be aiming to set up a venture together in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa which is designed to be commercially viable, that is, not reliant on grant funding.
  • Enterprises may be from any sector, but partnership proposals must justify how they improve people’s health or agricultural prospects, particularly the poor.
  • Proven innovation from India must be diffused to the enterprise in south Asia or Africa.

PLEASE NOTE: The registration phase of Connect to Grow is now complete. The programme has reached the full quota of businesses it can support and is, therefore, no longer accepting new enterprises on the programme. if you would still like to browse our enterprise marketplace and connect with registered enterprises, then click here.

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