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Connecting Funders and Entrepreneurs--linking capital and ideas--through conversation, rather than legalese.

Wishes Granted--The Social Enterprise Fundraising Podcast The Social Enterprise Fundraising Podcast

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Connecting Funders and Entrepreneurs--linking capital and ideas--through conversation, rather than legalese.

    DoinGud NFT Marketplace with Nikoline Arns

    DoinGud NFT Marketplace with Nikoline Arns

    Nikoline Arns is one of the co-Founders of the crypto start-up DoinGud. DoinGud (https://doingud.com/) is a platform, Marketplace,  and community for creators to come together and Build art collaboratively and then sell it as an NFT. The idea is for this to expand beyond art. The creative works could be a science project or could be a social enterprise. Think of it like the Crypto-native Indiegogo or Kickstarter.

    Nikoline on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikoline-nik/



    Mentioned in this episode:

    https://metamask.io/

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    This podcast is sponsored by Grant & Co, a consultancy that helps social entrepreneurs raise capital. Grant & Co is looking to hire people like you to write, build financial models and do design work. Go to https://thegrant.co/jobs/ to apply for a job.

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    Music: Cali by Wataboi

    • 46 min
    Grantor reveals key mistakes entrepreneurs make. Mark Ireland--Enterprise Zambia Challenge Fund

    Grantor reveals key mistakes entrepreneurs make. Mark Ireland--Enterprise Zambia Challenge Fund

    Mark Ireland is the Team Leader of Enterprise Zambia Challenge Fund. This is the second round of funds he has managed at Self Help Africa. He previously raised the capital for and managed Agrifi Kenya. Enterprise Zambia Challenge Fund is looking to invest between €70,000 and €1m. They require 50% or more cofinancing and are looking to support agriculture companies helping in the 10,000 ish farmers. In this episode we talk about all the mistakes that entrepreneurs make when applying for grants. For example, even though. And I think Mark’s comments are applicable to other grants as well. This is perhaps the best episode we have done so far where you’ll understand what it’s like to be in the grantor’s shoes.

    They will have another call for proposals coming out in 2022 so keep an eye out for that by subscribing to their twitter at https://twitter.com/selfhelpafrica or subscribing to their newsletter on their website at https://enterprisezambia.org/.

    Follow Mark on LinkedIn at https://twitter.com/selfhelpafrica

    • 42 min
    Agriculture, Africa & 100x growth--with Luni Libes, founder of Africa Eats and Fledge Accelerator

    Agriculture, Africa & 100x growth--with Luni Libes, founder of Africa Eats and Fledge Accelerator

    Luni Libes, founder of Africa Eats, is a serial entrepreneur, or, actually, a Parallel Entrepreneur, currently running about 5 companies that help social enterprises. He started and sold several tech startups before moving into impact investing. Now he runs several Businesses that help other startups. For example, He runs the startup accelerator Fledge. He provides follow on investment through Africa Eats. He teachers investors how to invest at the Angel Sccelerator (a very important thing, btw. Angel investors need to learn how to invest just like entrepreneurs need to learn how to runa  business). His has a community called Realize Impact and Investor Flow which helps shares opportunities for investors. Today we talked about Africa Eats which is not a investment fund but a holding company--a totally new way to provide capital to entrepreneurs that I think we will see a lot more of once Luni proves that it works. You can best think of Africa Eats as Berkshire Hathaway for food in Africa. Luni is an absolutely incredible personality and doing amazing work. Africa Eats is a small company now but I think they are well positioned to be huge. I was really lucky to get him on the podcast because I'm sure in a year or two he will be on The Joe Rogan Experience and Tim Ferriss show and he won't have any time for small podcast like me so the real pleasure to talk to him. They are raising a crowd funding round so if you want to invest you can by going to wefunder.com/africaeats

    Luni’s Companies:

    Fledge

    Africa Eats

    theAngelAccelerator.com

    Realize Impact

    investorflow.org

    Luni’s Blog

    Must read blog by Africa Eats

    Africa Eats Podcast

    Contact Luni at:

    LinkedIn

    Twitter

    Previous Podcasts:

    Law of Startups

    The How of Business

    Social Entrepreneur

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    This podcast is sponsored by Grant & Co, a consultancy that helps social entrepreneurs raise capital. Grant & Co is looking to hire people like you to write, build financial models and do design work. Go to thegrant.co/jobs/ to apply for a job.

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    Do you have a question for this guest? Record your comment at: wishesgranted.media

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    Music: Cali by Wataboi

    • 58 min
    Regenerative Agriculture Startup? Apply to The Land Accelerator.

    Regenerative Agriculture Startup? Apply to The Land Accelerator.

    Amanda Gant manages The Land Accelerator, a mini business school for land regeneration startups in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. They are looking for companies that are past the idea stage and have at least some kind of proof of concept and ideally some revenue. Also, they are looking for companies that protect and restore the land. This could include organic fertilizer, agroforestry. So check out their website, thelandaccelerator.com and apply.  They also provide follow-on funding

    Companies mentioned: 

    Greenpod Labs: https://greenpodlabs.com/ 

    Vasumitra: http://vasumitra.in/ 

    Safi Organics: https://safiorganics.co.ke/ 

    Agromyx: http://agromyx.com/ 

    Nicaforest: https://www.nicaforest.com/ 

    Rancho 4 Diamantes: https://www.rancho4diamantes.com/

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    Questions: 

    Links for Sandra: 

    Solar providers in Uganda: USEAUG https://www.useaug.org/about-us/our-members.php 

    Looking for Funding? List your project here: Google Bridge https://bridge.gogla.org/ 

    MFIs in Uganda: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_microfinance_deposit-taking_institutions_in_Uganda 

    More Solar providers in Uganda: BrightLife https://brightlifeuganda.com/ SolarNow https://www.solarnow.eu/ 

    Solar training in Uganda: Enlight Institute https://www.enlightinstitute.org/ 

    Not in Uganda? See what solar providers are available in your country: https://www.gogla.org/member-map 



    Links for John: 

    Solar Water Pumps in Kenya: 

    https://sunculture.com/ 

    https://shop.futurepump.com/ 

    International Water Management Institute https://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/about/contacts/#Africa 

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    This podcast is sponsored by Grant & Co, a consultancy that helps social entrepreneurs raise capital. Grant & Co is looking to hire people like you to write, build financial models and do design work. Go to thegrant.co/jobs/ to apply for a job. 

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    Do you have a question for this grantor? Record an audio comment at: wishesgranted.media

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    Music: Cali by Wataboi

    • 32 min
    NFTs for Non-Profits? An interview with Mieke Marple

    NFTs for Non-Profits? An interview with Mieke Marple

    Mieke Marple is an NFT artist. What is an NFT you ask? Let me explain: an NFT is a new way to create a contract using a blockchain such as ethereum. If the terms NFT or blockchain or ethereum or Bitcoin are new to you then probably you want to read up on it a little bit before listening to this episode to fully understand. 



    Mieke has an upcoming art launch: Her Medusa Collection. See the picture in her podcast thumbnail for an example.



    Links: 

    The Greatest NFT Film Ever Made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY9lM73ie0Q 

    NFT Auction publicity for her art: https://www.carbondrop.art/ 

    You can see the NFT “holding” her art on the ethereum blockchain here: https://etherscan.io/address/0x0151834a6997f89eb8372ac54ac077d79bb4d1e0 

    And the listing of all the art in that collection here: https://niftygateway.com/collections/carbondrop 

    Jehan Chu, buyer of Mieke’s NFT: https://twitter.com/collectionist 

    Fairchain.art 

    teachrock.org 

    The Lost Leonardo Movie: https://www.sonyclassics.com/film/thelostleonardo/ NFT 

    influencers to follow on Twitter 

    pplpleasr @pplpleasr1 (NFT artist recently on the cover of Fortune) 

    Gary Vee @garyvee (NFT investor) 

    FVCKRENDER @fvckrender (NFT artist) 

    Ferocious @fewocious (precocious NFT artist) 

    Lindsay Howard @Lindsay_Howard (co-founder of With Foundation @withFND) 

    Kayvon Tehranian @saturnial (co-founder of With Foundation) 

    Yam Karkai @YKarkai (co-founder and artist behind World of Women @worldofwomennft) 

    Lady Phoenix @yesladypheOnix (NFT curator, producer, & crypto advisor) 

    Colburn Bell/Museum of Crypto Art @MuseumofCrypto (NFT curator/collector) 

    Kenny Schachter @kennyschac (NFT artist, curator, collector, writer) 

    Noah Davis @NonFungibleNoah (head of NFT sales at Christies) 

    DoinGud @DoinGud (NFT marketplace for social impact) 

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    Questions: 

    Links for John: 

    https://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/about/contacts/#Africa 

    https://futurepump.com/ 

    https://sunculture.com/ 

    Links for Suleiman: 

    https://www.psfuganda.org/projects/skills-development-facility.html 

    https://absfoundation.org/current-grants 

    https://skillsforyouths.org/projects.html#all 

    https://www.assistingchildreninneed.org/projects/who-we-support 

    Links for Michael: 

    Accelerators in Zambia: 

    https://fi.co/insight/first-ever-founder-institute-zambia-startup-accelerator-opens-applications-let-s-build-the-future 

    https://www.foundersboost.com/programs/zambia 

    https://bongohive.co.zm/ 

    Dragon’s Den UK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WbZXPTmedg 

    Shark’s Tank Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlhBL5_-nx4 

    Shark’s Tank US: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRlp5hKOQZ4

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    This podcast is sponsored by Grant & Co, a consultancy that helps social entrepreneurs raise capital. Grant & Co is looking to hire people like you to write, build financial models and do design work. Go to thegrant.co/jobs/ to apply for a job.

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    Do you have a question for this grantor? Record an audio comment at: wishesgranted.media

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    Music: Cali by Wataboi https://open.spotify.com/track/0QjzeUkZMSvjVGusffHoQI?si=f6fa4de9ceee4c96

    • 59 min
    Charm Impact::Low-Interest Loans for solar distributors

    Charm Impact::Low-Interest Loans for solar distributors

    Today I talk with Gav Landau the co- founder of Charm Impact, an organization that funds green energy companies in Africa with debt capital at 6% to 10% interest. They fund projects between £10,000 and £250,000 with the first loan usually being around £50,000. No collateral is required and Charm Impact gives priority to local entrepreneurs. 

    Check out their website to to see how to borrow (https://charmimpact.com/how-it-works-borrow ) and become a lender (https://charmimpact.com/how-it-works-invest).

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    Links mentioned in this episode:

    https://freeelectrons.org/

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    This podcast is sponsored by Grant & Co, a consultancy that helps social entrepreneurs raise capital. Grant & Co is looking to hire people like you to write, build financial models and do design work. Go to thegrant.co/jobs/ to apply for a job.

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    Do you have a question for Charm Impact? Record an audio comment at: wishesgranted.media

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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Eric Smenfeffen ,

Getting into the minds of grant makers

This podcast makes an opaque process clear, and reminds listeners that humans are behind the review process for grant evaluations. Listening to Kyle and his guests discuss the theory and practice of how organizations deploy capital is a great step forward for making grant funding more accessible.

OneSmallWorld ,

Excellent podcast!

It’s great to hear from people behind the fund… stepping away from the formal press releases and annual reports. There’s so much more insight and experience to learn from. Looking forward to the next one!

walkadm ,

Insights into inclusive development

Just listened to the conversation with Sandi Roberts. I’m leaving a positive review here not only because of the quality of the content, but also to help more folks like myself discover this podcast.
I personally worked in the development space for about 6 years, and it’s refreshing this podcast exists. It gives access to some of the theory and lessons learned from the development sector in a casual format for folks who are interested but out of the space, like myself now. Otherwise these types of on-the-ground insights are only accessible to people attending big conferences or through in person networks, which is how I suppose the podcaster got Sandi onto the show. So thanks for sharing your network!
That’s said, Sandi’s background is particularly interesting because she grew up in Uganda and Zimbabwe in the agriculture sector and has had enormous experience in different regions of sub Saharan Africa working on various models for inclusive agricultural development, both as an operator as well as an investor. It was very interesting to hear her lessons learned about scaling and replicating business models, and how the unique conditions in different markets can cause outcomes of the same project to be different.
I just subscribed to the podcast now and I look forward to the future episodes. Personally I’m interested in learning the lessons learned from the coffee industry in its ability to be so inclusive to small holder farmers, at scale. So I’m hoping the podcasters cover this topic soon!
Thanks for your work,
Adam

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