FINCA Ventures: Impact Investing for Early-Stage Social Enterprises

Investing in Bold Ideas

and partnering with enterprising founders intent on eradicating global poverty in this generation.

About

FINCA Ventures

FINCA Ventures is an impact investing initiative of FINCA International that leverages a global microfinance network to catalyze market-based solutions to poverty. It does so by providing patient capital and pre- and post-investment support to high-impact, early-stage social enterprises that offer affordable, high-quality and life-enhancing products and services for low-income families.

Solutions We're Investing In

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Why FINCA Ventures

Credibility

Gain immediate credibility with customers by partnering with a trusted brand.

Why FINCA Ventures

Financing

Access creative end-user financing solutions through one of the largest global microfinance institutions.

Why FINCA Ventures

Talent

Collaborate with top talent through expert in-house teams from impact research to communications to legal.

Why FINCA Ventures

Teamwork

Tap into strategic advice on product distribution, operations, management, marketing and branding, fundraising, and more.

Why FINCA Ventures

Global Reach

Reach a global customer base through FINCA’s network of 20 community-based microfinance institutions and banks.

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Our Global Reach

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Customers
2.1 million

Our Global Reach

FINCA Impact Finance
Employees
10,000

Our Global Reach

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Service Outlets
2,000

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Countries
20
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Investment Profile

Billions of people have been left behind by the world’s progress. We know that it doesn’t have to be this way. We look for entrepreneurs that feel the same.

We invest in transformational ideas, partner with the uncompromisingly ambitious, and commit to visions of global growth and scale. We want to create a global network of social enterprises that improve lives worldwide.

Here is what we look for when evaluating an impact investment:

Focus Industries:

Energy
WASH
Education
Health
Agriculture
FinTech

CAPITAL TYPE:
Equity, quasi-equity, or convertible debt

ROUND:
Seed / Series A Amount: $50-500K with additional capital reserved for follow-on

DEAL QUANTITY:
Target 5-7 investments per annum

CRITERIA:
Startups with a clear value proposition as to why and how they will leverage the FINCA network to deliver enduring social impact, and how their product or service can help build a more resilient customer base for FINCA

Investees

Each of our investees is creating lasting impact for their customers. Our goal is to help them grow faster and smarter, and reach low-income populations more effectively and responsibly.

Amped Innovation

Highly-affordable solar home systems and DC-powered productive use appliances.

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BioLite

Clean-burning, electricity-generating cookstoves and high-quality solar home systems.

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Eneza

SMS-based education platform for K-12 students.

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Good Nature Agro

Linking smallholder farmers to the high-impact and high-profit legume seed market.

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Ignitia

Highly accurate tropical weather forecasts for smallholders to reduce risk and loss for better harvests.

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Sanivation

Waste-to-energy sanitation solution turning fecal sludge into charcoal and wood substitutes.

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Our Team

Beyond our direct team, we leverage the broader FINCA network of over 10,000 employees and dozens of trusted advisors to provide an impact investment that goes beyond capital.

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  • Advisors
Rupert Scofield

Rupert Scofield

President & CEO, FINCA International

Ami Dalal

Managing Director, FINCA Ventures

Alex Evangelides

Alex Evangelides

Investment Manager, FINCA Ventures

Michael Leen

Michael Leen

Marketing & Communications

Rita-Apell

Rita Akot Apell

Enterprise IT Strategy & Design

Judith-Reyes

Judith Reyes

Corporate, Transaction, IP Law

Debra-Spagnola

Debra Spagnola

GAAP, IFRS, Financial Reporting

Anahit-Tevosyan

Anahit Tevosyan

Customer Research and Social Impact

Contact Us

Are you an entrepreneur looking to scale a social enterprise in sub-Saharan Africa? A funder who believes that investing in startups is needed to pioneer new models of inclusive business? Or a collaborator looking to bring ecosystem-level support to reach and serve low-income populations? Let’s talk. For more information on this impact investing initiative, contact us today.

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U.S. Headquarters

1201 15th St NW, 8th Flr, Washington, DC 20005

African Headquarters

Adam House, Portal Ave, Kampala, Uganda

About FINCA International

FINCA International®

FINCA International was founded in 1984 on a radical notion: giving small loans to the poor has the power to transform entire communities in a sustainable way. After impacting tens of millions of lives with responsible financial services, we are widening our focus to catalyze further economic growth and alleviate poverty in underserved markets around the world. We remain boldly committed to market-based solutions, and are supporting the rise of social enterprises delivering basic service and financial innovation to help low-income families and communities achieve a better standard of living.

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