Do you want to speak at SOCAP23? The SOCAP Open Session Submission Period Is LIVE!

Submit Your Ideas Here by April 1!

Unlocking Growth Capital to Create Jobs and Accumulate Wealth in Developing Countries

Sayuri Sharper March 17, 2023

Equity investments get the most attention from impact investors, especially now that there are “unicorns” in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, etc.  Less attention is paid to directly providing growth capital to local businesses to help create more jobs and accumulate wealth in their communities.  In this session, the three speakers will share how they are unlocking capital to support local micro-businesses, small-businesses, and medium-businesses.  Although VC-backed startups can generate outsized impact per company, the number of these companies are small.  In contrast, there are millions of local micro-, small-, and medium-businesses that are poised for growth now.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)


No poverty; decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To convey to impact investors that direct growth capital loans to local businesses are essential to lift local economy in developing countries


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameGreg Neichin
  • TitleManaging Director
  • OrganizationCenierth
  • StatusInvited
  • NameAndrew Milne
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationKuunda
  • StatusInvited
  • NameIvan Mandela
  • TitleCo-Founder
  • OrganizationShona
  • StatusConfirmed
Join the SOCAP Newsletter!