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- Established businesses, with at least 2 years trading history, primarily in the manufacturing sector looking to expand or upgrade their production facilities,
- Contractors (that have contracts or tenders or purchase orders) for the supply of goods to blue-chip and public clients.
These are 3 types of capital we assist businesses to raise:
Equity – capital raised through the sale of shares in your business, with shareholders investing capital for an expected financial return over a given period. This is the most expensive but most patient type of finance.
Loan/Debt – capital is lent to a borrower with a set of agreed terms for repayment – varying in length and cost on a case-for-case basis – based on the strength of the SME, its “bankability”, the lender and various other requirements.
Grant/Incentive – is typically a non-repayable investment made by a government body or institution to specifically eligible businesses in exchange for a particular set of social or economic objectives, in accordance with strict guidelines. This is the least expensive form of finance, but it can take longer to raise and is highly regulated.
We work on behalf of SMEs to identify the right financier based on various factors. We then support the SME in the preparation of documentation for submission of an application and facilitate the process until draw-down or claim.
…has been involved with various industries and businesses in shareholder, director and management executive capacities due to a range of family interests within South Africa and abroad. She returned to her birth country, Portugal, in 2008 for 2 years to expand her experience and further hone her skills.
Her skills lie in business and contract analysis, training and facilitation, as well as access to developmental funding. Zahra is fluent in both English and Portuguese. Her command of English provides her with the necessary competence to effectively and succinctly communicate a business’s story to the financial sector and business owners.
Zahra is a public speaker and writer who keeps the process and fundamentals of “Becoming Bankable” simple and clear for business owners to understand.
Zahra also holds a BCom degree in Law from the University of Pretoria.
…has experience in industries ranging from FMCG to manufacturing and mining because of family interests and her involvement in an influential African network called Intra Business Network
As an executive director at Uzenzele, Nadia advises and facilitates capital raising for SMEs and also mentors SMEs to bring these businesses to bankability.
Her skills lie in business analysis, financial/business modeling and accessing developmental funding.
She has 2 BCom degrees, one in Finance and another in Economics & Econometrics, from the University of Johannesburg. She has also been accredited with the UNDP for Supplier Development.
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