What is SheTrades Invest?
SheTrades Invest falls under pillar six of the SheTrades initiative action goals - unlocking finance for women entrepreneurs. The SheTrades Invest project aims to connect eligible women entrepreneurs with the right financial institutions, while building their capacity to become investment and due diligence ready through online and offline training.
The SheTrades Invest network is also part of the CARE - SheTrades Impact Fund which invests in businesses in South and Southeast Asia to help achieve gender equality for workers, consumers and business owners.
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What to expect under SheTrades Invest?
1. Access to capacity-building activities/technical assistance from ITC
2. Connections between eligible women entrepreneurs and capital providers
3. A solid pipeline of women-owned businesses for financial institutions to collaborate with
To apply to SheTrades Invest applicants must comply with at least one of the two criteria below:
1. At least 30% women-owned
2. Be an SME benefitting women
Your company should preferably be operating in one of the following sectors:
- Beauty & Wellness
- Financial Services
- Housing Development
- IT & BPO
- Infrastructure & Facilities Development
- Textile & Apparel
- Transport & Logistics
*Disclaimer: By filling out the survey, you are agreeing to share your data with the International Trade Centre and investment partners. Only selected applicants will be contacted.
How can I apply as a Capital Provider?
Interested Capital Providers must be looking to invest in women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or SMEs benefitting women.
SheTrades Invest utilises a comprehensive filtering mechanism that matches you with eligible women-owned businesses seeking capital.
Interested in building a pipeline of women-owned businesses?
As an investor you will be:
✔️Building a pipeline with an investment-ready pool of diverse women–owned businesses from developing and emerging economies
✔️Unlocking an untapped trillion dollar market with an attractive risk and return profile
✔️Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a gender-lens investment approach
Quotes from the beneficiaries of SheTrades Invest
As a result of SheTrades Invest trainings, it was easier for us to pivot our business offerings in light of COVID-19.
Philia, South Africa.
SheTrades Invest has opened doors to learning opportunities for our company to be more valuable in the eyes of an investor. We've been able to better articulate financial goals and prove that we have an investable company. In short, it's helped us to be the most appealing. Katherine, Zambia
SheTrades Invest has expanded my knowledge of financing tools and how to get my business investment ready. With different options of financing now available to me, I confidently grow my business without worrying about funds anymore.