Application Form 

The deadline to Apply is 20th February 2023

The recently launched Innovative Financing Lab (IFL), through MDF and R&D Group, will provide growth-oriented SMEs with pre-investment or post-investment support. This application form is for the post-investment support - the Management Advisory Program. This program lasts 6 months and consists of group sessions and individual support for you and your team.

 Please go to UNDP IRA - Google Forms if you have not yet accessed funding and you want to apply for the Investment Readiness Accelerator Program.

In the six months, we will host 6 half-day group workshops and peer-learning sessions with 15 SME leaders. Next to this, you will receive individual coaching, support from junior business advisors and external experts, and working sessions with you and your team

Become one of the first SMEs to receive early bird free participation in this impactful program. Apply before February 20th by filling out this google form (please don't forget to click submit at the end). Applicants will receive more information by email before the end of January. Please reach out to or call +251115577382 in case of any questions.

Read more about the program on Management advisory program external - Google Drive

We look forward to your application!

Selection criteria:

  • The business is registered and has received external funding in 2021 or 2022
  • You can provide financial documentation for 2021 and 2022
  • The company is developing the growth strategy
  • You can invest a minimum of 12 hrs/month into this program between February and June
  • Businesses in any sector are welcome - companies in agriculture, IT, and manufacturing are encouraged to apply.
  • Companies led by women or youth (under 35) will receive preference. 
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Information about the business
Business Name *
Business Address *
One-sentence description of the business activities (products/services) *
Sector of business *
Date of company registration *
Type of Registration
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Is your company owned (at least 51%) by a woman?
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Is your company owned (at least 51%) by a someone under 35 years of age?
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What are the main partners of your company? (e.g. suppliers, associations, NGOs, distributors, agents)
What is the key impact of the business (environmental, social, economical)?
How many years of active business operations (sales) does the company have? *
Total number of full-time employees  *
Number of full-time employees that are female (out of the above number)
Total number of part-time employees
Number of part-time employees that are female  (out of the above number)
What is (approximately) the annual turnover of the business (in Birr) for 2022? *
What was (approximately) the annual turnover of the business (in Birr) for 2021? *
Total units/volume of products sold in 2022?
Total units/volume exported in 2022? (out of the above)
Total number of customers in 2022
Total number of suppliers in 2022
Please tick the documents/items your business has
Does the company work with an accountant?
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What kind of external funding has the company received in the past two years?  *
What is the total amount of external funding the company has received in the past two years? (please specify currency) *
What was this funding spent on?
Does this funding come with advisory support?
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What challenges (operational, management, other) have you had since receiving the funding that our advisors can help you with?
Is the company currently looking for follow-up funding?
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If yes to the above, what is the total amount you are looking for? (please specify currency)
What would this funding be spent on?
Why do people pay for your product or service – why do they buy from you and not from others? *
What are new markets, clients or partners you are trying to reach? *
Please paste links of your company website and other social media channels 
Personal information of the applicant
Please note that we expect a CEO/ Founder / Manager to take part in the sessions
Name *
Date of Birth *
Gender *
Position in the company (*please note that we expect a founder / CEO /manager to be part of the program workshops) *
Phone Number *
Email Address *
Training needs of the business
Has your company participated in any previous support program(s)? If so, which? *
What specific support (training, network, other) do you expect from this program? *
What are the company short term goals (between now and 18 months)?
What are the company longer term goals (in 3-5 years from now)?
What new markets are you looking to enter?
Are you available for approximately 12 hours per month for program workshops (both online and in-person), coaching and implementation of these learnings with your advisor and your team? *
Do you have any questions, comments or recommendations for us?
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