Your vision is to use
business for social good

Our vision is to help you make that a reality

Financing and support for social entrepreneurs

Yunus Social Business provides financing and long term business support to help social businesses grow and scale their social impact.

If you have an early stage social business and are just starting out, our accelerator programs will help you and your team refine your business model, measure your social impact and prepare your business for growth.

If you have an established business with a strong social mission our direct investment track will help you and your team explore long term growth opportunities and prepare your business for investment.

Looking for a financial partner to help your social business flourish? Lets talk!

What we look for

  • Social impact

    A big idea translated into a tangible solution that has the potential to improve millions of lives.

  • You and your team

    Experienced entrepreneurs with drive and natural leadership skills and a team with the skills and experience the will drive your social business forwards.

  • Business model

    A solid business model with a minimum of 6 months success, a market opportunity that is underserved and a product or service that benefits the poorest communities or improves incomes.

  • Potential

    An easily scaleable business with clear application across regions and countries that’s highly innovative or unique.

You and your team

As an entrepreneur with strong leadership skills and a drive to succeed in challenging business environments you can expect a partner that matches your determination and offers a wealth of social and commercial expertise.

We place you and your team at the heart of everything we do. We believe that supporting you even when times are tough, is key to building successful a sustainable social businesses.

We strive for diversity and look for entrepreneurs and teams from varied backgrounds with a strong track record of success.

How to apply for financing

Seed stage

Businesses at an early stage of development that have been operating between 6 months and 1 year are invited to apply a local Social Business Accelerator.

During the accelerator program you and your team will learn how the social business works, how to measure social impact and have the chance to refine your business plan with a team of experts.

Social businesses that graduate successfully from our accelerator programs are then invited to apply for investment.

Growth stage

Businesses that already have customers, early revenues and are generating social impact can apply for financing.

Working intensively in partnership with an investment manager, we will help you explore the opportunity to use our investment to expand your operations and your social impact.

We look for existing businesses in the countries and sectors we operate with compelling social business ideas. We can help you develop, test and measure social impact and prepare your business for investment.

Contact our investment team in your country

An investment manager from one of our local teams will be happy to meet you to find out more about how we can help. Providing us with a pitch deck and business plan are both recommended.

Apply for an accelerator

After applying for an accelerator our team will review your application and invite you for an interview. Following this we'll let you know if you've been accepted into our accelerator program.

Become an accelerator graduate

Our accelerators are tough. If you graduate your business will be one of a select few that could be ready to receive investment. Your investment manager will contact you to let you know the next steps.

Social business review

As a successful graduate of our accelerator program your investment manager will review your progress and help you prepare your social business for the future. If we think your social business is ready we will formalize our partnership with you and your team and you'll be provided detailed information on our financing process.

Starting the discussion

Working with your investment manager you'll submit a funding application for review by our investment committee. We'll ask you for information about your business to help our team learn more about your investment needs.

Pitch your business

You'll be invited to meet our investment committee, usually by teleconference, to talk about your business and answer any questions we have. At this stage we may ask for further clarification or additional information regarding your funding application.

Due diligence

Our investment teams will carry out in-depth due diligence. This process includes input from experts in the field, benchmarking against other businesses and reviewing legal and financial data about your company.

Contract signature

At your final meeting with our investment team your financing contract will be ready to sign. We'll also introduce our reporting requirements and arrange regular business reviews with you and your team. If you've reached this far, congratulations and welcome to our portfolio!