Work with an extraordinary team of investors, entrepreneurs and experts to take your business to the next level

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Benefit from one-on-one support that is tailored to your specific businessneeds and that supports you during implementation

Increase the chances at closing an investment deal via early investor engagement

Get the opportunity to develop a long term partnership to accompany your business on its path to growth

What we offer

BiD Network introduces a unique offering of one-on- one, tailor-made Business Development Support (BDS) to help Ugandan entrepreneurs to professionalize their operations, accelerate growth and obtain finance. Its BDS offering addresses the need of its SME-clients for more sophisticated BDS that is tailored to the needs of each SME and that offers support during implementation. The ultimate goal is to help more entrepreneurs receive investments via more mature and better prepared businesses.

 

How we work

If your business meets our selection criteria, our BDS team performs an Investable Growth Scan to evaluate your business and identify in what business areas you need support. Together with your management, during the strategy deep dive we develop the action plan and milestones for the BDS-program that outlines the actions that are needed to accelerate or facilitate growth and access finance. Over a course of 3 to 6 months we provide hands-on support to ensure that we achieve the milestones that we’ve together agreed upon; we’ll invest up to 15 days of one-on-one support.  Prior to introducing you to a selected number of investors from our network, we help you prepare an engaging investor proposition, sound investment plan and sharp pitch.  We will present you to a minimum of 3 investors to secure the funds that you need to fuel your company’s growth.

Our BDS team

To offer the best possible Business Development Support, we have engaged a special team of investors, entrepreneurs, finance and marketing experts. While each one of them brings in their unique expertise and experience, they share the experience of successfully taking businesses to the next level.

Davis Baasha

Davis Baasha has 15 years’ experience in Financial Management, Audit, Strategic and Business planning with reputable firms KPMG Cayman Islands, PWC Belgium, Deloitte East Africa. Davis is a Certified Business Coach and over the last four years he has worked closely with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and prepare them for Investment.

Martijn Blom

Freshly graduated, Martijn Blom proved his entrepreneurial talent by tenfolding staff, turnover and profit at a staffing company. He has invested in emerging markets while co-founding a network for business angels in the Netherlands. Currently, Martijn is fund manager for Hivos Mideast Creatives Fund and holds positions relating to social entrepreneurship and impact investments.

Gert van Veldhuisen

Gert van Veldhuisen is a driven serial entrepreneur and committed impact investor. After his first successful exit in 2008, he became an angel investor, re-investing part of his profit in impact businesses in Asia and Africa.  Gert likes to build high-growth businesses in a team of likeminded, ambitious entrepreneurs.

Marens Beckers

After a finance and marketing career at Unilever, Marens Beckers lived in different African countries, using her marketing and business skills to accelerate growth of impact businesses, notably in renewable energy. She co-developed one of the most successful solar light campaigns in Tanzania and helped grow a network of solar-kiosks in Madagascar from 2 to over 100.

Selection criteria

Based on the profiles and requirements of our investors, we maintain strict selection criteria for our Business Development Support. In our selection process we focus on your business’ potential for scale, the management capacity of the entrepreneurial team and your potential social economic/ environmental impact.

Are you interested in Business Development support, then check the full list of criteria below:

  • Annual turnover of minimum USD 100,000
  • Legally registered
  • Scalable business model
  • Committed entrepreneurial team that is open for feedback and change

 

Fee structure

The fee for our Business Development Support is a combination of a lump-sum and a commission on the investment that you receive. The commission equals 5% on debt, equity and grants. The lump-sum amount can be paid in installments upon delivery of milestones that we agree upon together. Please contact us to learn more about the pricing details.