empowering innovative business models for impact
FMO Ventures Program is a EUR 200 million investment program focusing on early-stage growth phase direct investments (50%) in Fintech, Energy Access and AgriTech alongside a lead investor, plus indirect investments (50%) with a more generalist focus in either sector specific or sector agnostic funds, and a technical assistance facility operating in parallel.
FMO Ventures Program is an initiative of FMO supported by contributions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and a guarantee from the European Union with a 4-year investment period. The program aims to empower innovative business models applying disruptive technology to enable or improve affordable access to goods and services to un(der)served communities, predominantly in Africa and the European neighborhood (60%), and in certain parts of Asia (40%).
Operating in parallel with the investment portfolio, the Ventures Program Technical Assistance Facility provides our direct investee companies and funds with the expertise they need to improve their business operations and invest in inclusive business models, as well as provide broader support for a vibrant start-up environment in the regions where the program will invest. The three complementary components of the Technical Assistance Facility are:
Investee Strengthening: enabling Ventures Program investees to meet relevant standards, improve company performance efficiency and revenue, and increase the impact of their business by providing:
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Building: fostering the maturity of the venture capital sector in emerg-ing markets by improving services of incubators, accelerators and other entrepreneurial support organizations, as well as enabling more early-stage financing for ventures.
Our strategic approach to Entrepreneurial Ecosystem building focuses on:
The underlying principles of this approach are to empower existing actors to deliver more sustainable, long term market solutions while co-funding and collaborating with other partners where possible. The Ventures Program is starting ecosystem building efforts by prioritizing three markets – Ghana, Morocco,and Tanzania – through projects with key partners.
Community Engagement: bringing together entrepreneurs with investors and other stakeholders, as well as industry leaders to share lessons learnt and best practices.
For more information on the Technical Assistance Facility and partnerships, please contact Abigail Thomson, Senior Capacity Development Officer at email@example.com.