Access to Finance Capacity Building Program for SMEs and Cooperatives – 2020

Access to Finance Capacity Building Program for SMEs and Cooperatives – 2020

Within the framework of the “Market Access Upgrade Program” (MARKUP) implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the access to finance and investment team is making a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and/or Cooperatives in the East African Community (EAC) countries.

The goal of the technical assistance to be provided is to facilitate access to funding. It should be noted that the project itself will not provide funding directly. The final decision whether to fund the company will rely exclusively on the financial institutions, investors, matching grant facilities managers that will be introduced through the component of the project. The technical assistance may consist of:

  1. Participation in a series of training sessions/webinars where selected SMEs or cooperatives will be trained in business and strategic plan development, financial literacy and ways to meet the requirements of different financial institutions and investors;
  2. A 4-month coaching program during which shortlisted SMEs /cooperatives will receive individual coaching and advisory services from an expert to improve their internal financial management, prepare realistic and bankable business plans and submit funding applications to financial institutions or investors. SMEs/cooperatives successful in securing funding will continue receiving support.

This is an opportunity to receive technical assistance to improve your knowledge on business/financial management and required support in raising finance and/or investment capital. For Uganda, the sectors to be considered include coffee and cocoa.

The deadline is June 30, 2020. To submit your application and for more information, please click: https://form.jotform.com/201423461893353. Please send your enquiries by email to financing@intracen.org.

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