Developing a dynamic startup finance ecosystem

Access to finance, in the form of access to financial services and access to investment, helps entrepreneurs expand their businesses and secure funding. IPSD will work with startups and entrepreneurs to develop a dynamic start up finance ecosystem with a focus on organized angel investing. lack of early-stage financing within the context of the Palestinian entrepreneurial ecosystem is a major impediment, which has made the development of enabling system to address the knowledge and experiential deficiencies in startup investing process, a priority. The interventions will adopt a three-pillared approach to build the capacity of investors, entrepreneurs and business enablers.

Major activities:

  • Angel investor group building: developing structured angel groups while mobilizing complementary early stage capital sources through a combination of technical assistance and coaching to investors.
  • Investment Readiness Advisory Services (IRAS): improving entrepreneur ability to raise capital by providing investment readiness and investor engagement support.
  • Catalytic Funding: offering investment readiness (pre-investment) grants to bridge the early commercialization funding gap to investment, and (co-investment) funding aimed at de-risking and stimulating private investment.