Are you looking for new and creative ways to grow your business? Are you a for-profit, not-for-profit or social enterprise based in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa that is keen to grow? Do you operate in, or could you add value to, the Health or Agri-Food sectors?
If the answer is yes, then Connect to Grow can help you. Connect is a first of its kind initiative supported by the UK government that has been designed to facilitate mutually beneficial and commercially viable partnerships which promote the spread of proven innovation from India to South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, to improve people’s health and agri-food prospects.
Connect provides end to end support in partnership development from hosting an online marketplace where you can find potential partners, travel grants for enterprises who are keen to meet, advice and guidance to develop a proposition for a pilot venture, a grant and technical assistance to implement a pilot and then further support to enable successful partnerships to raise the investment necessary to scale up.
The partners can be for-profit or not for profit, but the pilot ventures need to have an expectation that they will ultimately be profitable whilst simultaneously delivering impact for the poor, either through creating employment opportunities, or through raising incomes, or through delivering affordable products or services.
Whilst there is no prescription for what a partnership might look like, we expect to see projects undertaken in such a way that both partners are contributing. For example, a chicken breeder in India with a hybrid chicken suited to backyard farming is currently looking for partners who might ultimately breed chickens in Africa so that they can sell chicks to chicken farmers.
A manufacturer in India may partner with an enterprise in Africa to manufacture a product locally, probably including some components made in India, but including local content where possible, and then selling across the region. An enterprise in Africa may need a new technology which they can import but which requires staff (and maybe customer) training provided by the Indian partner.
An Indian enterprise may have developed an app which can be used in health diagnosis and lead to improved health by picking up warning signs of some disease early on. In essence, we are looking for an enduring partnership rather than a simple trading relationship.
Innovation from India
We are open to different partnership types and suggestions, and would be happy to work with you to drive forward an ambitious, profitable and socially beneficial partnership venture. If you are an enterprise in south Asia or Africa looking to adopt or adapt a proven innovation from India, or you are an innovative enterprise in India looking to expand to South Asia or Africa, please get in touch!