Raising capital for startups can be challenging, getting the attention of investors and relevant policy makers can be frustrating and delivering a perfect elevator pitch while hitting the right notes can be time consuming. Investment ready projects in landscape management or restoration, seeking financing between $5 million – $250 million have applied to this year’s Dragons Den in order. They will pitch to investors, get in front of high level policy makers and organizations and receive invaluable feedback, build strategic partnerships and gain high profile media exposure.
Thank you for the numerous votes this year. With your help, the GLF Knowledge committee has made a decision, selecting innovative cases that present robust business cases. Below are your three 2018 finalists for the GLF Dragons’ Den (the fourth candidate will be unable to attend for logistical reasons).
INTERNATIONAL WOODLAND COMPANY
With 25 years of experience, The IWC proposes a “Treenewable Climate Fund” investing in early value chain projects. The project aims to attract private capital by using a multilateral and innovate funding structure to control costs while also reducing risk through their integrated forest landscape restoration model.
With its agroforestry focus, Fairventures Worldwide proposes a project informed by its experience in balancing livelihoods with conservation, largely through innovative tools fostering dialogue and incentivising protection. An investment would allow the company to scale up its Indonesian operations to encompass 100,000 hectares in the coming decade.
The proposed project is a web-based, global broker platform and market place with 4 distinct components: the identification of locations to be restored, the selection of an area and the actors doing the restoration, the monitoring and reporting on the progress of the project using earth observation and geospatial data and, finally, a learning platform providing guidance and capacity strengthening.
The pitch rests on the clear need for an new means of financing small-scale producers who are vital for sustainable landscape management but are often excluded from formal financial systems. The proposed investment of half a million dollars, would allow the platform to vastly improve its capacity to provide investors and donors with defined environmental and financial returns.