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This report investigates the viability of a range of portfolio interventions designed to leverage new sources of investment finance and to support the growth and investability of new businesses in the Indo-Pacific region, with a particular focus on the development of social enterprises. While some of these interventions are relatively new within the aid sector, others are designed to take a fresh perspective on an existing activity. The report sets out the findings for each of the interventions and while interventions were wide ranging, they all form key components of an entrepreneur's journey and their ultimate participation in an impact investing marketplace. The study focused on the development of new businesses in the region and considers how early stage enterprises could be funded; how entrepreneurs (and particularly social entrepreneurs) could be incubated and supported to develop their business skills; how new financing structures could be deployed by government to attract more private investment into the sector; and the role of platforms in connecting enterprises and sources of capital in brokering deals.
Ideas borrowed from the startup world – crowdfunding, incubators, accelerators and online marketplaces – could help close the US$2.5 trillion shortfall in funding for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our research with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade shows these methods can increase aid by attracting funding from private investors and diaspora communities.