Who are we and why do we do this?
CDI Capital is a niche emerging impact funder, and a for-profit Level 1 B-BBEE subsidiary of the Craft + Design Institute (CDI) NPC.
The Craft + Design Institute (CDI) is a South African non-profit company with 20 years of success in developing creative people and small businesses.
The CDI has over 6 333 members to whom it provides a wide range of business, market and product development support services, amongst which are our stand-out marketing platform PEEK and online learning platform LEARN.
As an impact funder, CDI Capital is committed to creating positive social and economic impact in the SME sector and the South African economy.
Our current CDI Growth Fund goal is to support up to 60 businesses to create 600 new jobs by 31 March 2023.
How do I apply?
Applications can only be made online, on this web page.
What happens then?
On receipt of your application, the CDI Capital team will first check that your application meets the minimum criteria to be eligible for consideration.
Applications meeting the criteria are required to complete a formal application form and complete an intervention plan. Viable applications are then shortlisted by a Growth Fund Steering Committee. This shortlist is then reviewed by an independent Investment Committee who will invite the management team to present your business and growth strategy. If the Investment Committee approves your application, we will then begin the contracting process.
A formal due diligence will be done on applications requesting more than R800,000 in grant funding.
If you are interested in applying, please follow our five-step process:
Step 1: eligibility – please supply the info requested below, if successful we will send you the link for step 2.
Step 2: please complete a formal application form, if successful we will send you the link for step 3.
Step 3: please complete the intervention plan, if successful we will send you the link for step 4.
Step 4: if shortlisted you will be invited to a one-on-one meeting with the Growth Fund Investment Committee to discuss your application and possibly a due diligence, if successful you will receive a contract.
Step 5: contracting.