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PFAN: Coaching to Support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 31, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2022
Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) logo
Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) logo

The Private Financing Advisory Network is a global network of climate and clean energy financing experts. It is soliciting applications for its mentoring program to support Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in eligible regions.

PFAN bridges this gap by helping entrepreneurs build their businesses and present them in a language which investors will understand and be interested in. We then help investors find and recognise the potential of these businesses.

PFAN is technology neutral, which means they do not prefer any technology over any other.

PFAN will not be able to support projects in the following sectors, notwithstanding their climate benefits:
• Nuclear origin;
• Carbon capture and storage;
• Combustion of fossil fuels;
• Waste incineration;
• Gas venting and flaring.

Furthermore, PFAN will not support projects that:
• Are likely to infringe on the protection of critical habitats;
• Use banned pesticides and/or chemicals;
• Cause involuntary resettlement or physical economic displacement;
• Are likely to alter, damage, or remove any cultural heritage and / or sites;
• Use forced, trafficked, or child labour.

Utilize This Offer

PFAN accepts applications from:
1. Projects and businesses in low- and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central, South and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Eastern Europe, Central America and the Caribbean Islands;
2. Project or business that:
a) provides climate change adaptation benefits and / or offer or use clean energy technologies, products or services that fall within their areas of work;
b) is commercially and technically viable and requires no or only minimal grant funding. If your project currently receives grant funding or has done so in the past, that does not affect eligibility.

PFAN does NOT provide funding, but offers coaching to entrepreneurs to support them in finding investors for their projects. PFAN does not directly fund projects.

Projects / businesses selected for PFAN assistance receive free business coaching. This coaching has been shown to greatly speed up the process of reaching investment-ready status and consequently shorten the path to finding investment. The PFAN journey follows a specific, time-bound three-stage process which aims to get you ready to meet investors, and once ready, enables targeted investor introductions.

a) are accepted on a continuous basis, and you may submit your application at any time;
b) are evaluated on a quarterly basis after the regularly announced deadlines;
c) submitted just after the deadline for the next evaluation round, may take up to three months before they are evaluated.

Proposals will be evaluated by a minimum of two experienced experts in the renewable energy and climate adaptation space.

Next Application Deadline: 29 August 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 31, 2021
Jul 31, 2021

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Aug 02, 2021
Aug 02, 2021

Thanks, Ana.