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Overcoming challenges to invest in green SMEs

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Green SMEs in emerging economies are often faced with challenges in raising funding due to low local investor interest and limited market access while, on the other hand, fund managers highlight the high start-up costs, especially for innovative green strategies and limited technical understanding of green issues among others. 

Join us for an interactive workshop to explore how Green Outcomes Fund (GOF) can be further developed to catalyze investments into green SMEs. During the session we will be using collaborative tools to workshop ways that a structure like the GOF can be designed to solve fund managers’ and green SMEs’ challenges in the space. 

The Green Outcomes Fund provides outcomes-based matched concessionary capital to existing and emerging local investment funds to promote investments in green SMEs in South Africa by paying for green outcomes that are generated. These outcomes include green job creation, climate mitigation, and improved water and waste management. Local fund managers who might have overlooked green SMEs in the past are now incentivised to invest in small green businesses because they receive payments for their portfolio of green outcomes generated. This is beneficial to green SMEs, who are now able to access funding and non-financial support. Fund managers gain through outcomes payments, which are used to assist their investment process in green SMEs. Part of the GOF’s aim is to create a common base for growing the South African green impact investing market.

Confirmed Panelists

  • Tine Fisker Henriksen, Innovative Finance Team Lead, University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Natasha Dinham, Senior Project Manager, University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Stephen McCallum, Senior Analyst, University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • GOF Deck

Unconfirmed Panelists

  • GOF catalytic finance partner
  • Green SME founder/owner

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