: Business Development Services aligns enterprises, impact investors, and business consultants to drive sustainable change across Africa, believing that through the growth of socially conscious businesses, impact on small-holder farmers and front line employees can be both substantial and sustainable. By providing professional business development and capacity building services, BDS enables enterprises to scale up and improve their operations, ultimately preparing them for investment.
Why Business Development Services (BDS)?
Across Africa, incredibly talented, motivated people have great ideas for social enterprises that not only make money, but provides social benefit to the world. These are social enterprises: businesses that embed in their models a way to earn revenue that is complementary to social or environmental returns. Universally, social enterprises largely lack the support required to grow. The environment around them makes it challenging to secure funding, and they struggle with founders syndrome and under developed processes. The businesses BDS works with across Africa often face the additional struggle of hiring talented staff who are committed to a field job, often in rural areas. [+] See More
In the last decade, there has been an increased interest in supporting social enterprises, but the focus of this growth has primarily been in providing finances. BDS complements this financial support by curating an ecosystem around which a social enterprise can grow.
Business Development Services also believes that there is a fundamental problem in the way that business is run - aiming for shareholder returns over returns for society as a whole. This has been the predominant paradigm for business since the Industrial Revolution, and BDS seeks to change it. The team believes that it is possible to see a paradigm shift towards understanding business as a tool to create large-scale social transformation.