INVESTMENT

We partner with like-minded investors to support early-stage companies through equity and debt investment.

Recognizing the increasing importance of investing in companies that are developing innovative business models at the intersection of Value and Values, we work with select investors to identify, analyze and invest in qualified opportunities. These investment partners comprise our Sustainability Circle.

We build the Sustainability Circle Portfolio through Special-Purpose and Co-Investment Vehicles with the following focus areas:

Global

Venture
Equity

Direct Investment via SPVs

Ambershore Technology Holdings

We make US equity investments into early-stage technology companies.

Ambershore Inclusive Finance

We make equity investments into companies that serve the financial needs of individuals and SMEs.

Women Rising Initiative

Recognizing that the global ascendancy of women is the defining social issue of this century, and while progress has been made in highlighting the myriad forms of gender inequality, the list of issues that require sustained attention is long, complex, and different in every national context. Investment opportunities with innovative business models that result in improving the overall quality of life for women while creating value for investors are of particular interest.

In addition to direct investment opportunities, we recognize that new structures are needed to facilitate collaborative, expanded capital deployment by corporations that can positively impact brand value and support economic growth in societies where they operate and seek to expand. One such model involves a combination of investment, CSR, and effective and targeted communication to the relevant constituencies to ensure the capturing of investment returns and increased brand equity.

 

Sub-Saharan Africa

Venture Debt

Venture Capital Fund

Africa Connectivity Fund (under development)

We have developed the market landscape of connectivity—defined as information and communication technologies, rural electrification, and financial technology—companies in 36 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these companies struggle to obtain viable debt instruments given local commercial banking conditions.

The ACF is a traditional fund structure with a blended finance component, designed to provide US $1-4m loans to a target portfolio of 15 companies. The Fund has a total committed capital target of US $40m and intends to work with select development finance institutions to protect downside risk.