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Access To Capital 101

Mobilising resources for the SDGs.

1. What is Access To Capital?

Accessing to capital takes pro-activeness and perseverance. There are many types of capital for different goals, and often times you would meet 1 out of 100 people who may provide a chance. It is key that social entrepreneurs should always bear in mind to run a financially sustainable business, as you are providing livelihoods for the most vulnerable groups. Investments in debt or equity comes with expectations and responsibilities, if used wisely, can help to scale your impact. This module will provide some tips on how to prepare an initial investment memo, showcasing more financial details of your SDG solution which could to generate interest/call/meeting with potential investors.

Investment Memo Tips:

  • Presenting your SDG solutions as an exciting investment opportunity
  • Contains all the resources and links on your social enterprise
  • Actual product/ services demo they can try out and see for themselves
  • Business model - how do you make money in detail, e.g. revenue per user etc. 
  • Target Market Economics - What is the size? What are your research to back this up and how do you plan to capture these markets?
  • Financial Model - How will the investment scale your operations? And what is the Return On Investment (ROI)? What are your projections and assumptions? 
  • How will use actually use your funds - in detail? What are the costs and how will they improve scale and efficiency in generating return on investment? 
  • How much to ask for? Usually your operations cost for the next 12-18 months, then raising the next round of funding or strive for breakeven and finically sustainable. 


  • How often do you take action on opportunities? This can be initiating new partnerships, acquiring new users, applying for resources online etc. 
  • We are encouraging a proactive culture, and have included in the submission form for you to let us know which are the opportunities you have taken forward, from our database and also in your communities. 
  • Apply Now:

2. Making a start on your Investor Memo

The Chill & Fill template helps you to make your own, the template is "view only" - here's a guide on how to download the file and get started. (takes ~45 minutes)

Some of the phrases are used in startup investment terms, check out the free online resources below and utilise Google to discover more. :)

3. How To Submit?

Submission Guidelines:

  • Click on the "Submit" button below and follow the form instructions.
  • English language is preferred for the regional audience, please kindly seek translation assistance from your local UNDP staff if this is a challenge.
  • Please submit an editable file format (e.g. .pptx).  
  • Let us know in the submission form which opportunities you applied to.
  • Submission deadline is 3rd April, 2020.

Resources For The Curious :)

Example by AngelHub of a travel startup in their portfolio:

Tips on fundraising for a cause:

How do you raise money to get an idea off the ground, support a community, or help change the world? Take a crash course on the secret art of successful fundraising with development strategist Kara Logan Berlin as she shows how you can learn to ask for the resources you need -- and get them, too.

Free online tools and courses to raise capital:

Learn more about the video:

Amarit Charoenphan (Aim)

Amarit is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of HUBBA and Techsauce. He is also a Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF), and has been named as one of Forbes Asia 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology, and Thailand Startup Enabler of The Year 2016. He has been involved at an early stage with more than 20 ventures during the past decade as an angel or advisory capacity. He has also coached and consulted ecosystem hubs and leaders in over 30 cities on how to build tech communities.

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