Helping Social Entrepreneurs Make the Right Ask
What we do for Social Entrepreneurs
The Impact Capital team, along with the GSBI team, prepares social entrepreneurs to be ready for investment. We are the content lead for the finance modules, and we provide practical coaching to help social entrepreneurs be due-diligence ready in their meeting with potential investors.
Financial Training & Cash Flow Management
The Impact Capital team designed materials to train social entrepreneurs to measure and sharpen their business operations and growth plans. We walk through financial planning and financial statements and highlight the importance of cash-flow management. In the case of the Accelerator cohort, we also train our social entrepreneurs to conduct ratios analysis and to explore various capital structures and valuation techniques. During the GSBI Accelerator In-Residence, we provide individual coaching.
The Investor Showcase
At the culmination of the GSBI Accelerator In-Residence, social entrepreneurs present to an audience of potential investors, donors, advisors, board members, and mentors. Afterwards, we schedule one-on-one meetings with interested investors to begin the conversation. The entrepreneurs are vetted and polished organizations that provide products and services to base of the pyramid populations, and are ready to scale their enterprises to impact hundreds of thousands of people in the delivery of healthcare, clean tech, and mobile finance. It is a highly curated, invitation-only event. Yet, the pitches will be simulcast to a global audience. Watch the introduction to the 2014 Investor Showcase below and all pitches here.
What does it mean to be investment ready?
Criteria for Investment
Although venture capital in the developing world is notably different than in the developed world, there are still some things to be learned from the Silicon Valley venture capital process. Some of the key criteria venture capital investors look for are:
- Value Proposition
- Business Model