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develoPPP VenturesGrowth funding for innovative start-ups with development impact

develoPPP Ventures is aimed at young companies, whose innovative business model improves living conditions in a developing or emerging country and who are planning to scale up. Via a matching-funds model, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provides a grant of up to 100,000 euros for suitable growth investments.

Is your start-up pursuing a high impact business model in a developing or emerging economy and has already successfully mastered the formation phase? Then find out now about the opportunities for growth funding through develoPPP Ventures.

Available in Kenya with other OECD-DAC countries to follow

Up to 100,000 euros grant financing for investments to scale

50 percent funding of the total investment

With develoPPP Ventures funding, the BMZ is supporting young companies that are already active in a developing or emerging economy and whose business model contributes to sustainable local economic, ecological and social development. The aim is to scale innovative solutions in order to make them accessible to more people. Therefore, it is important that the proof of concept has already been achieved and first revenues have been generated. Funding the start-up phase via develoPPP Ventures is not possible.

The BMZ supports the scaling of suitable business models with a grant of up to 100,000 euros if your company manages to acquire matching funds from other sources of at least the same amount. In addition, your start-up will receive local technical support.

develoPPP Ventures will initially launch in Kenya, with other OECD-DAC countries to follow.

Decisions on funding of specific investment projects are made during develoPPP Ventures idea competitions, which take place at regular intervals. Start-ups that are registered in an OECD-DAC country or that plan to register there before the start of the funding can participate. The funding is provided exclusively for business expansion in the respective OECD-DAC country and must be invested locally. A prerequisite for funding is that the start-up phase has already been completed and first revenues have been generated. In addition, your company must:

  • be privately owned and profit-oriented
  • have a viable business and financial plan
  • can provide at least one annual financial statement
  • convince other financiers of its business model
  • have high growth potential and reach break-even within a maximum of three years
Sub-Saharan Africa

Pilot project: Data Integrated Limited developed a financial solution that contributes to the profitability and efficiency of urban transport in Kenya.

Are you interested in growth funding through develoPPP Ventures? Take part in the ideas competition now!

develoPPP Classic is aimed at established medium-sized and large companies.

develoPPP can be applied worldwide in many sectors and subject areas. Learn more about how others are using the programme.

Carolin Welzel Senior Consultant Agency for Business & Economic Development
Hans-Joachim Hebgen Senior Consultant Agency for Business & Economic Development
Daniel Thomann Head of Programme DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
Kathinka Kurz Head of Programme Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH