Early Stage Financing

The Early Stage Financing Program connects promising entrepreneurs with the early-stage capital and networks they need to launch and grow competitive businesses. The program also publishes research on innovative forms of financing for entrepreneurs in developing economies, including crowdfunding and angel investors.

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Among the multitude of barriers to growing businesses, access to finance is a principal challenge faced by Caribbean enterprises. Data from a 2014 firm-level survey by Compete Caribbean show that difficulty in obtaining finance is a leading impediment to doing business, with 30 percent of firms...

This paper captures lessons learned from East African entrepreneurs who were some of crowdfunding’s first adopters. Their experiences serve as a practical guide for entrepreneurs who wish to more effectively utilize crowdfunding across all emerging markets. To gather this data, the World Bank...

infoDev debuts a new study on the state of financing for highly innovative, high growth start-ups (HI start-ups)  in Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal. The study provides a critical knowledgebase on the landscape in financing in these countries, details major gaps and associated barriers faced...

This report examines the financing gaps for early stage and growth that high-growth technology entrepreneurs are facing in the information and communication technology (ICT), climate technology, and innovative agribusiness sectors in Zambia and Mozambique, with a more regional review of Namibia...

infoDev's new Guide for Creating Your Own Angel Investor Group aims to educate entrepreneurs and angels from around the globe. It offers hands-on examples, such as financial worksheets, application forms, term sheets, contracts, and checklists that may be used as templates. The...

A new report by infoDev finds that the Caribbean diaspora is a sizeable, well-educated, and affluent demographic whose large majority is interested in investing in its countries of origin.  Supported by the right incentives and policies, diaspora members could play an even larger role in...

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