Increasing Transparency and Effectiveness of Business Development Service (BDS) Providers in South Africa

Catalyst for Growth, a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg, is developing an analytics platform for business development support (BDS) providers serving small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

PACE - Catalyst for Growth

Catalyst for Growth was created out of commitments from JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Dalberg Global Development Associates, and the Lab to increase the transparency and effectiveness of business development service (BDS) providers in South Africa. Founded in 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Catalyst for Growth is a new NGO that will develop and manage a publicly-available analytics platform to compare the performance of BDS providers. Through this partnership, Catalyst for Growth will gain a deeper understanding of what leads to “effective” BDS and what an “investment ready” enterprise looks like by collecting data from thousands of businesses over the course of the partnership. Additionally, the platform will connect early-stage enterprises looking for BDS to the ranks of investors looking to build a pipeline of businesses. Catalyst for Growth is the product of a successful two year pilot in which the JPMorgan Chase Foundation supported 20 small and growing businesses through incubation and acceleration programs with Dalberg intensively measuring the impacts of the programs on enterprise growth.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Dalberg

    Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    Dalberg is a collection of impact-driven businesses seeking to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world. Dalberg enterprises work together to attract and develop the best and...

  • JPMorgan Chase

    Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers...

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Key Information

LocationSouthern Africa, South Africa
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 1.28 Million