The Capital Finder is an innovative tool that’s targeted specifically at entrepreneurs and MSMEs who need capital to take their businesses to the next level.
The Capital Finder lists all of the major alternative sources of capital available to them in their country, including:
venture capital firms
angel investment networks
national / international organizations focused on business funding
The sources of funding are categorized by startup industry sector (agriculture, IT, healthcare, etc.) and capital type (equity, loans, grants / donations), and lists additional information about the firms / organizations offering the capital, like year founded and (in the future) typical deal size.
AlliedCrowds doesn’t charge any fees for the service, and it only serves to promote offline connections between startups and funders — any transaction that takes place will happen off the platform. We think this is beneficial to the entrepreneurs, as it does not slow them down by asking them to register, fill out questionnaires, etc. — the businesses can use our directory to identify potential investors and contact them on their terms.
The Capital Finder is not a crowdfunding platform by any means, but it does make use of similar mechanics to achieve its goals. By making transparent the sources of funding for entrepreneurs, it aims to do away with information asymmetries. This can reduce the inefficiencies in the startup funding market, leading to more optimal asset allocation within an economy and promoting long-term economic and job growth.
In other words, the Capital Finder hopes to make it easier, cheaper, and quicker for individuals to fund their businesses, which will promote entrepreneurship and create jobs — key for long-term growth in emerging markets. In addition to the directory also features the Entrepreneur Hub, which has tips for startup founders on how to grow their companies and make the most of their money.