Lelapa’s work centres on SME finance. In particular, we target the low end of the SME finance market, where SMEs fall in “missing middle” between microfinance and private equity. Providing risk capital to SMEs in the missing middle is notoriously challenging for investors of all types: one cannot apply traditional fund models, structures and instruments to this segment. A new approach to small deal sizes is required – one that leverages technology, innovative structures and alternative financial instruments.
Fund Design: Building for the underserved African market with a gender lens.
Lelapa was honoured to design and facilitate a unique workshop that brought together more [...]
Tech-enabled Investment Processes
LelapaFLOW With LelapaFund co-founder Jerry Crossan, we developed a unique SME investment- [...]
LelapaFund Crowdinvestment Platform
LelapaFund was our first start-up venture, co-founded by Elizabeth Howard and Jerry Crossa [...]
Embedding finance in agricultural value chains
Lelapa was contracted by FSD Kenya to conduct a Baseline Study on the Ericulture Value Cha [...]
AFSIC Workshop on Innovative Fund Vehicles
In partnership with AFSIC and FSD Africa, LelapaFund enabled the participation of several [...]