USAID Cooperation for Growth Project

How do innovative companies can finance their growth?

In order to improve access to finance of SME companies in Serbia we have been implementing „Innovative companies and SMEs equity financing program “.

The objective of this Program, we perform in cooperation with WM Equity Partners, is to prepare domestic companies for financing by regional investment funds and for cooperation with domestic investment funds that we expect to be established in the coming period.

As a part of the program, two workshops were held. The first one at the ICT Hub discussed key aspect of equity financing. Participants were provided by valuable pieces of advice regarding financial management, business planning, equity valuation, including sum up the pros and cons of different sources of financing. Apart from that, representatives of companies had unique opportunity to introduce business ideas and their financing needs to the representative of venture capital funds.

Discussion was moderated by Vladimir Pavlovic and Milos Savic from WMEP and Janos Fabricius Ferke, SmartsUp Ventures, while following representatives of venture capital fund also participated - Valya Nadova,Todor Bershkov and Stanislav Sirkov (LAUNCHhub Ventures), Pedja Predin (SC Ventures) and Milos Matic (ICT Hub Venture).

Thereafter, as a part of ImagineIF! 2020 acceleration program and in cooperation with WM Equity Partners with support of Healthtech Lab, four interactive panel discussions were held in Science-Technology Park in Belgrade. 14 innovative teams had the opportunity to discuss issues related to equity financing with representatives of regional venture capital funds.

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