Indian Enterprises

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

  • You are a for profit, not for profit or social enterprise based in India. You may be private or state-owned.
  • You have a proven innovation, whether it be a technology, product, service, or approach.
  • You may operate in any sector. However, please note the programme will only support partnership ventures which relate to health or agriculture in some way.
  • You are keen to expand into international markets in South Asia or Africa. See list of applicable countries here.
  • You are interested in scoping out enterprises in South Asia or Africa with whom you can explore mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • You are interested in pursuing a profitable and socially beneficial partnership venture. (Visit our defining partnership page to see what we mean by the term ‘partnership’.)
  • You are a well-managed and ambitious enterprise that can make a difference to the lives of the poor.
  • You must be willing to invest some of your time and resources into making your partnership 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 an Indian enterprise seeking to grow and enter new markets, Connect to Grow can help you with technical assistance and financial

Why do you need a partner?

  • You may lack an existing market and customer base in the country into which you are looking to expand.
  • You may lack the local context and knowledge, be it regulatory, legislative, cultural or other, successfully to expand internationally.
  • You may lack the time or resources to expand internationally, or may find the prospect of doing so too high risk.

How will the Programme support you?

  • Access to a range of potential South Asian and African enterprises who are keen to explore partnership with you.
  • Dedicated one-to-one support from the Connect team to help you find and build a relationship with a prospective partner.
  • Travel grants of up to US$2,500 to allow potential partners to meet with you.
  • Tailored advice, guidance and support to develop a relationship and your proposition together.
  • 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

  • Proposals 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 agri-food 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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