Investment Acceleration

USAID Economic Resilience Activity (ERA) helps small and medium enterprises in eastern Ukraine to raise external funds for development and scaling up.

  • Why are investments important for development?

Business development or scaling up requires financing from banking institutions, investors and other interested organizations.

  • What are the prerequisites for successful investment?

Competency, a clear action plan and the ability to implement this plan.

  • Why do companies need support?

The domestic Ukrainian market for raising funds for SME is poorly developed. Most companies are not experienced in communicating with investors or preparing and defending clear, realistic proposals and development plans.

Who can get investment promotion support from ERA?
  • SMEs with:
    • Staff – up to 250 people
    • Annual revenue – up to 40 million euros equivalent
    • Balance sheet assets – up to 20 million euros
  • Companies located in the government-controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, as well as in the Sea of Azov region of Zaporizhzhia Oblast.
What are the principles of  ERA investment promotion support for SMEs?

The principles of  ERA investment promotion support

ERA supports investment (external financing) through its partners, contractors and grantees, who include leading investment funds, commercial banks, investment banking companies, financial advisors, credit unions, etc.

Partner portfolio

Western NIS Enterprise Fund Logo Soul Partners logo Ernst and Young logo Gazelle finance logo Ukrainian Credit union limited logo

Investments of up to $500 thsd. equivalent

  • Credit unions
  • 5-7-9% Program
Transaction Advisory Services

This program provides help with investment banking services to raise external funds by professional investment bankers. ERA covers a significant part or the full cost of services (depending on the amount of financing).

The program provides several stages of support in investment promotion

Stages of support in investment promotion

The program provides two amounts of funding implemented by two different partners (ERA contractors).

Investments of $500 thsd. – $1 mln. equivalent

  • Implemented by Soul Partners
  • Award for investment promotion – up to 2% of the amount (in case of successful promotion)

More than $1 mln. equivalent

  • Implemented by Ernst & Young


Other opportunities for SME

Opportunity 1: Involvement of top consultants to address issues that are important to your business. ERA pays for the consultants’ services.
Opportunity 2: We are open to your ideas. Use the box below to share your business needs with us; we will give you a qualified answer.