Toolkit

Launch League Let's Talk Financing

The Launch League Let’s Talk Financing toolkit, developed by the UK-South Africa Tech Hub and Viridian, is a set of open licence resources for hubs to use in running a workshop or guiding a conversation with entrepreneurs through a step-by-step process.

By completing their Financing Card, entrepreneurs will understand their business’ stage, revenue model, assets and risk appetite, and growth plans — and therefore determine what financing options are available to them.

Who should use this toolkit?

Hub facilitators aspiring to understand the ins and outs of investment and financing options.

Hub facilitators looking to guide entrepreneurs to understand what SMME financing options are available for them.

Hubs wanting specific resources that they can point their entrepreneurs to.

How to use this toolkit

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This one-page infographic explains what is in this toolkit and how to use it.

Core toolkit resources

Below are the core resources you will need to facilitate a Let’S Talk Financing workshop, and guide entrepreneurs through the process to understand what financing is appropriate for their businesses.

Let’s Talk Financing facilitator deck

This slide deck can be used by facilitators to present a Let’s Talk Financing workshop, which guides SMME owners through their financing options.

Entrepreneur financing card

This funding card can be used to help entrepreneurs better understand the types of financing that may be available for their business.

South African financing database

Viridian and the UK-South Africa have created a database of funds and organisations that finance early stage South African entrepreneurs. Once entrepreneurs have filled out their Let’s Talk Financing Card, they can search the database for the funds and funders that align with their stage of business, business model, assets and risk appetite, and growth plans.

This is an evolving database. If you know of a funder of early-stage South African businesses that is not on this list – please fill in this form to add the funder to the database.

This is an evolving database. If you know of a funder of early-stage South African businesses that is not on this list – please fill in this form to add the funder to the database.

Other Resources related to SMME financing

We’ve collated other resources that are useful for you and your entrepreneurs to understand the financing landscape, and the fundraising process.

Hub network members who have already used this toolkit

All resources for this toolkit

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Core Toolkit Resources

Let’s Talk Financing facilitator deck

This slide deck can be used by facilitators to present a Let’s Talk Financing workshop, which guides SMME owners through their financing options.

Entrepreneur financing card

This funding card can be used to help entrepreneurs better understand the types of financing that may be available for their business.

Additional resources on SMME financing

Access to Finance Guide

This guide, developed by Property Point, leads the entrepreneur through funding options and requirements.

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