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ProfitShare Partners and FirstRand’s Vumela Fund Aid SMEs in the fight against COVID-19, supporting the supply of essential items

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The Fintech disruptor has secured an additional R25 million funding line from Edge Growth-managed Vumela Fund recently to help SMEs supply and deliver essentials in the fight against COVID-19.

ProfitShare Partners has secured an additional R25 million funding line from FirstRand’s Vumela Fund to support SMEs in need of capital to supply essentials to combat the spread of COVID-19. Since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, ProfitShare Partners has partnered with a few SMEs to supply essential items, including the local manufacturing of hand sanitisers, face masks, other health personal protective equipment and pharmaceutical medical supplies such as Vitamin C and D, as well as Zinc tablets. These essentials were supplied to both the public health and private health sectors.

The additional R25 million funding line from the Vumela Fund will enable the fintech disruptor to take this drive one step further and partner with more SMEs who are in the business of supplying essentials such as ventilators and filters, nebulisers and nebulising agents, hospital beds, oxygen, medical protective wear and bulk supplies of disinfectants and sanitisers, amongst others.

“We’ve prioritised these unusual deals in support of the fight against the coronavirus. A sufficient supply of these essentials for medical workers and our people will be important in the coming weeks, which is why we want to help support and provide capital to local SMEs who are working tirelessly to meet the demands to produce these essential items during this period,” says Andrew Maren, CEO and founder of ProfitShare Partners.

The Vumela Fund is managed by Edge Growth and currently has a mandate to support high-growth small businesses in supply chains that have both economic and impact returns.

“Whilst FNB is already providing assistance and support to businesses on multiple fronts during this crisis, the Vumela Fund enables the Bank to provide further support to early stage SMEs that would not otherwise qualify for traditional lending products. Vumela’s partnership with ProfitShare Partners has already benefitted several SMEs and we are pleased to be able to extend this to providers of essential items,” says Mike Sage, FNB’s Co-Head Structured Finance Solutions and Vumela Fund Trustee.

“In this time of crisis due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Edge is grateful to be in a position to support SMEs through its partnership with ProfitShare Partners. Edge will also be collaborating with FNB and Vumela to provide a COVID-19 Leadership Toolkit, which will be a freely available end-to-end field guide for founders and their teams to lead through this crisis,” says Richard Rose.

The increase in demand for essentials to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to support medical healthcare facilities and services has grown tremendously over the past month. To help SMEs respond effectively to this demand, ProfitShare Partners will provide the capital to qualifying small businesses who are providing essential supplies to the public and private sectors. They are especially interested in SMEs operating in the industry who will be sustainable and have longevity after the COVID-19 crisis is over.

“We want to show solidarity in combating the fight against the coronavirus. Our drive is to make it possible for SMEs to deliver successfully during this period. As a short-term capital partner to small business owners, we will also provide the professional expertise and guidance to help them deliver optimally and avoid the common pitfalls that may slow delivery,” added Maren.

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