Through a number of different financial instruments we invest in growing and inclusive SMEs with solid financial return expectations and with a clear measurable impact, such as the creation of jobs and livelihood opportunities, improvement in food and nutrition security, improvement in access to basic services like energy, healthcare and clean water. Through our investments we enable the SMEs to grow and develop towards financial stability until they can effectively access mainstream financing.

Our criteria are:

  • A clear and measurable social and/or environmental impact, relevant in the local context
  • A financially viable business model
  • Investment requirement between EUR 200k to 1m
  • Business activities related to improve livelihoods of the poor
  • Clear and transparent ownership structure and a strong management team in place
  • Financial alignment/commitment of the entrepreneur
  • Preferably companies with more than 3 years existence and either Ebitda positive or towards Ebitda positive within first two years post-investing.

Capital 4 Development Partners (C4D Partners), formerly ICCO Investments, provides risk capital for companies that operate in the following sectors:

  • Agribusiness (production, processing, trade)
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Health
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Inclusive Enterprises

We have invested in Africa, Latin America and Asia but are currently only actively sourcing new deals in Asia (India, Indonesia and Philippines).