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OPIC Announces Pilot Program to Connect Development Projects with Potential Investors



Friday, March 27, 2015

(OPIC)  WASHINGTON – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, is launching a pilot program to assemble complementary financial instruments to better catalyze capital for global development. The Aligned Capital Pilot Program will connect forward-thinking global development entrepreneurs with a growing network of socially-minded investors seeking to support private business.

OPIC’s four decades of experience supporting pioneering development projects around the world has shown that transactions with strong prospects of positive development impact often lack crucial types of funding – such as equity capital, grant resources, or technical assistance – to reach financial viability.

OPIC also regularly encounters an increasing number of U.S. investors and grant providers that express a strong interest in financing these developmental, but early stage, projects.

With the Aligned Capital Pilot Program, OPIC will provide a platform for bridging the gap between potential investors and companies or sponsors seeking financing. The program will link project developers with capital providers to help projects progress and achieve their intended positive development impact.

The Aligned Capital Pilot Program is voluntary, accepting applications from both accredited investors and project sponsors interested in additional investment. Contacts between prospective investors and project sponsors will be facilitated by an online platform available to both eligible investors and OPIC project applicants that opt to participate. Projects seeking capital are matched through an automated connection process to investors that identify interests in similar regions and sectors.

Accredited investors or project developers who would like to learn more or participate in the OPIC Aligned Capital program can visit www.opic.gov.