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Connecting Funders and Entrepreneurs--linking capital and ideas--with relationships, rather than legalese.

Wishes Granted Grant & Co

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Connecting Funders and Entrepreneurs--linking capital and ideas--with relationships, rather than legalese.

    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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    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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    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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    • 40 min
    GIZ: Green People's Energy

    GIZ: Green People's Energy

    Green People's Energy is a GIZ program, which provides grant financing up to €200,000. They focus on Green Energy Solutions (think: solar-powered milk chilling or Solar Home Systems). They focus on projects in the countries of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia. 

    Green People's Energy has two funding schemes: the Small Projects Fund for non-profits and the Challenge Fund for any type of organization. They also require at least a 3-year track record and 20% cofinancing. They are looking to fund 35 organizations so from a GrantROI prespective applicants have a pretty good shot at being selected. They also have an alumni network for Africans studying in Germany who want to connect with these organizations

    Check out their website to apply for the small projects fund (https://gruene-buergerenergie.org/en/get-involved/small-projects-fund/) or the Challenge Call (https://gruene-buergerenergie.org/en/get-involved/challenge-call/)

    While you’re listening think of any questions you might have because you have an opportunity to ask at the end.

    LinkedIn:

    Caspar Priesemann: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caspar-priesemann-40454465/

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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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    • 17 min
    AgDevCo and the Smallholder Development Unit with Sandi Roberts

    AgDevCo and the Smallholder Development Unit with Sandi Roberts

    AgDevCo makes million dollar plus investments in agriculture value chain companies in Africa. Apply to work with them at https://www.agdevco.com/our-approach/investment-criteria.html

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    Links we refer to in this episode:

    Sandi’s new company: https://bio-ag.org/

    https://www.agdevco.com/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandi-roberts-6ab78819

    Refractometer: https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=refractometer+plants&ref=nb_sb_noss

    Note: Others dispute whether there is a correlation between Brix and disease resistance: https://ipm.missouri.edu/MPG/2010/5/Is-High-Brix-for-Vegetables-Valid/ 

    This podcast is sponsored by Grant & Co. Grant & Co helps social entrepreneurs raise capital. Go to thegrant.co/job/ to apply for a job.

    • 50 min
    EnAccess: Open Source solutions for Energy

    EnAccess: Open Source solutions for Energy

    EnAccess funds Open Source projects in the energy space in developing countries between $50,000 and $250,000. They've funded companies like Solaris, Devergy and ANKA Madagascar. They are like a grantor but a little different; they collaborate with organizations to build a project that will make a difference in the sector. Today I talk with Tamara Mahoney, Head of Marketing. We talk about examples of what they have funded in the past, what makes a good application and what EnAccess is looking for next.

    In this discussion we talk about AgriGrid (find their business plan here: https://enaccess.org/agrigrid/), Cicada Open Source hardware and firmware for PAYGo (find the code and schematics here: https://enaccess.org/okra-cicada/) and Solaris' Open PAYGo token (details here: https://enaccess.org/openpaygotoken/).

    If you have any questions you'd like us to ask the EnAccess, please email podcast@thegrant.co or record a voice message question at https://anchor.fm/wishesgranted/message.

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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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