Powering Agriculture's Guide on Financing Types for Innovators

Published Sep. 4, 2018

By Powering Agriculture

About Powering Agriculture

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

This guide presents an overview of the most common funding options, including grants, debt, and equity, along with a snapshot of emerging alternative forms of financing.

The innovators supported by the Powering Agriculture Grand Challenge, and many others like them, are working on high-impact innovations that will require external capital to validate the technology, build and manufacture their product, reach customers, and ultimately scale before they can become self-sustaining. The type of external capital that a company can obtain depends on many factors including legal structure, mutual fit with the funder profile, the stage of innovation, the market opportunity, and return potential. The ability to navigate this complex landscape while maintaining a healthy capital structure is vital to the ultimate success of a venture.

Important information provided in this guide includes what funders look for in terms of legal structure and innovation stage, the importance of funder profile analysis, the types of funding available—including alternative funding sources—and the sort of return funders normally expect on their investment. 

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