Accelerate Prosperity is an initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Central and South Asia, with a mandate to create sustainable enterprises by investing in companies that can enable social, environmental and economic growth while delivering good capital returns.
AP like most other financial institutions requires a verifiable financial model and reliable and comprehensive Information Memorandum from all the businesses applying for financing.
One of the major challenges startups and small and growing businesses face is the access to financing mainly because most of them are not investment ready. AP focuses on preparing businesses for raising external investment with the help of its catalytic financing and technical assistance. Hence, the key outputs of the training and advisory in the International Certificate in Entrepreneurship for new ideas and startups and Acceleration program for existing businesses are the tools for investment readiness such as Financial Model, Information Memorandum and Pitch Deck.
The primary purpose of this document is to provide all information about the company that is required by the investors and showcase business’ overall potential. IM is basically everything about a business; it is the most effective way of providing large volume of information about a company to investors or financial institutions. During the first phase of our Financing and Advisory Cycle, we train and help businesses to make their own Information Memorandum. You can download our template below for your use.
Financial model helps you to quantify your business model, assumptions, and vision to see for yourself if it is going to work out and to be able to show potential to your investors. Any investor of financier wants to have at least some information about your financial standing and forecasts and financial model is the most detailed one. AP requires businesses to submit their financial model along with the Information Memorandum to be considered for financing. During the training and advisory period our trainers and investment analysts work with businesses to make their own financial model. You can download our template below for use.
A pitch deck is the crux of your business. It is the briefest document of your business whose only purpose is to capture the attention of the investor. A pitch deck basically tells the investors why they should invest in your business. At the end of the training and advisory period all businesses present their pitch to AP and its partner institutions and network of individual investors to be considered for financing.