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ADAP and Seven Social Enterprises Are Reinventing the Deal Room at SOCAP18

October 18, 2018


Photo credit: AgUnity


ADAP is thrilled to announce the seven amazing companies that will participate in the ADAP Deal Room @SOCAP18. They represent a diverse range of sectors and currently operate in nine different developing countries across Africa, Asia, and Oceania.


Together with ADAP, these companies will be creating a different approach to the deal room in real time. We seek to create a level playing field and develop authentic relationships between investors and entrepreneurs, while being respectful of the entrepreneurs’ time. Our main deal room session on Tuesday, October 23rd will be open to all registered SOCAP attendees. There will be no pitches and no PowerPoints. Instead, we will have open, honest, and hopefully mutually beneficial conversations that give the participating entrepreneurs a chance to discuss their business and vision, and provide the opportunity to get to know us and other potential investors in a collegial environment.


On Wednesday and Thursday of SOCAP week, we will have follow-up one-on-one meetings with the entrepreneurs to further evaluate mutual fit between the companies and ADAP not only as investors but as advisors; ADAP Advisory’s structured post-investment support is one of the keys to ADAP’s model. We will work through our systematic “7 S’s” due diligence process with the goal of agreeing to any deals by Thursday, and we will announce deals from the SOCAP mainstage on Thursday, October 25th. Each company we partner with will receive an investment of $75,000 from ADAP Capital and will enter into an 18-month advisory agreement with ADAP Advisory Services.


We are pleased to be partnering with Kyle Westaway, who is offering free legal support for one year to two companies participating in the deal room.


The Social Ventures in the ADAP Deal Room at SOCAP18


Here are the companies helping ADAP reimagine the deal room at SOCAP18:


AgUnity is using blockchain technology to create trust for smallholder farmers in the developing world and enable farm-to-fork traceability.


Cedars Diagnostics provides access to quality, low-cost medical imaging services to Kenya’s poor.


Leaf is creating a blockchain-enabled mobile platform to enable refugees to protect and transport savings across borders while escaping conflict, providing a greater chance of success in a new country.


Musana Carts is a network of street food franchises in Uganda which turns street vending into a formal career.


Roots Studio is "Shutterstock for cultural art," digitizing culturally iconic and endangered artwork from rural communities into patterns for licensing, thereby reclaiming authorship and strengthening rural economies in India, Indonesia, and Syria.


Solstice Energy Solutions has created a “Nest thermostat for the transfer switch” to provide reliable electric power and reduce dependence on inefficient polluting backup power sources in Nigeria.


UjuziKilimo provides low-cost sensors from which Kenyan smallholder farmers get real-time advice on farm inputs and best practices to improve their productivity and sustainability.


We invite all SOCAP participants to join us on Tuesday October 23rd from 1pm to 4pm to meet the great social entrepreneurs behind these companies and be part of the deal room experience!



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