For over a decade, CapPlus has partnered with financial institutions to promote financial inclusion for small businesses, including women entrepreneurs and social enterprises.
CapPlus enables financial institutions in emerging markets to serve small and growing businesses more effectively and profitably. Committed to reducing poverty by expanding and strengthening services to SMEs, we provide financial institutions with strategic and operational capacity building, peer learning and training, and pilots of innovative solutions to expand markets.
CapitalPlus Exchange Corporation, an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2004 by ShoreBank, the USA’s first community development bank holding company. CapPlus was established in tandem with the ShoreCap Investment Fund to demonstrate the power of combining new capital with capacity building services (the “capital plus” approach) to accelerate investees’ financial services to SMEs. We quickly discovered that bankers like to learn from one another, so we created peer knowledge exchange opportunities, which then led to establishing the Small Business Banking Network (SBBN). SBBN’s success prompted the G20’s SME Finance Forum to create a larger network in 2015 into which SBBN has been incorporated.
Today we work closely with financial institutions, investment funds, innovators and other stakeholders committed to scaling small business finance in developing economies around the world.