The RISE Platform was born out of a USAID sponsored co-creation workshop in Bangkok in 2017 where a collection of donors, investors, and implementers gathered to collaborate and generate new models that could support both social impact companies and investors in the region. The resulting initiative was managed by Swisscontact in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
SGBs contribute as much as 53% of GDP in most South-East Asian countries, and between 50%-97% of total employment. Many of these SGBs have strong potential for positive social and environment impacts. It is estimated that the region has up to 1 million social enterprises tackling social and environmental problems.
Through non-financial support services, RISE platform helped build an investable pipeline for investors and to mitigate risk within investors’ portfolios. RISE leveraged USAID grant capital to offer a discounted repayable grant. As RISE-supported businesses achieved business growth milestones, they repaied this non-financial support, generating a multiplier effect on USAID’s grant investment. Moreover, TA supported successful fundraising.
SGBs to improve social and environmental welfare are being started and built but need funding to develop. Impact investment plays a pivotal contributing role as it has unlocked private capital to address social and environmental issues.
RISE partnered with investors, strategic partners, consultants, and donors to support entrepreneurship and impact in Southeast Asia.
RISE partnered with investors to support growth-oriented companies that have positive social and environmental impact. RISE explored opportunities with angel investor networks, brokers, and venture capital firms. RISE’s services improved investors’ pipeline, helped mitigate risks during growth, and supported investees successful transition from one round of fundraising to the next.
RISE formed strategic partnerships with organizations in order to expand technical assistance services to a wider range of social impact companies. RISE supported the investment readiness program of AVPN, for example, and linked potential clients to pro- and low-bono service programs such as Cross Fields, Rippleworks, and the Swisscontact Senior Expert Contact. We also partnered with incubator and accelerator programs to provide TA to their graduates.