CDI Capital is a niche emerging impact funder, and subsidiary of the Craft + Design Institute (CDI) non-profit and the implementing partner of the CDI Growth Fund.

As an impact funder, CDI Capital is committed to creating positive social and economic impact in the SMME sector and the South African economy.

The CDI Growth Fund provides grant funding for small businesses that are experiencing growth or are poised for expansion in any sector and can create jobs. The CDI Growth Fund provides grant funding to unlock barriers to growth for SMMEs and this growth leads to the creation of new permanent jobs.

To further support these SMMEs, CDI Capital also provides mentorship and access to working capital loans of up to R500,000 to help fund purchase orders and working capital needs linked to their growth.

Rory Lancellas, Owner and Head Brewer at Aegir Project Brewery, says working with CDI Capital “has been a great experience – they have helped us immensely with our business. They have made us a stronger business all-round, and I’ve absolutely thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.” The current round of funding, supported by the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, has a target to create at least 600 new jobs by 31 March 2023.