About About

About

One to Watch believes that entrepreneurs of SMEs are best positioned to bring about sustainable development in frontier economies. Recognizing that SGBs contribute to more than 40% of frontiers’ GDP on average and generate 100 jobs for every 400K Euros invested, we aim to close the “missing-middle” finance and business support gap for entrepreneurs as a means of promoting socioeconomic development in Nepal and Myanmar. We support and invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs who are leading commercially viable and impactful businesses that are actively solving problems and creating jobs in local communities.

Approach

We strive to be the go-to partner for local impact-oriented entrepreneurs since the beginning of their investment-seeking journey and work hard to build an international and local support ecosystem for them. During the pre-investment stage, we offer entrepreneurs with customized business development services, linkages and mentorship to address key gaps and weaknesses in their business, all while building a pipeline of investable companies.

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Investing in SMEs of frontier markets requires the collective synergies of organizations in the ecosystem. We work with public and private partners who share our vision and values to support our investees, build a support ecosystem for impact entrepreneurs, and offer blended financing.

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Partners

Investing in SMEs of frontier markets requires the collective synergies of organizations in the ecosystem. We work with public and private partners who share our vision and values to support our investees, build a support ecosystem for impact entrepreneurs, and offer blended financing.

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Investors

OTW started investing with private investors from the Netherlands by offering high-impact investment deals in Nepal. Companies were matched one-on-one with investors in so-called peer-to-peer investments. As the community of like-minded investors grew quickly, OTW, a select group of investors and the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) created what is now the SME Fund. Today, our community of 30+ investors not only provide capital investments, but also play an instrumental role in governance of OTW and support the business development of pipeline and portfolio companies. Moving forward, private investors will remain a key pillar of OTW while making a next step in our evolution towards institutional investors.