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The product is aimed at entrepreneurs who wish to start their own businesses by buying a franchise linked to a particular brand to reduce risks associated with start-up businesses lacking a track record.

The key criteria of this product are:

  • The NEF prefers to fund well established franchise concepts
  • Active management involvement by BEE parties is required
  • Minimum BEE shareholding of 50.1% is a requirement
  • NEF funding of franchises is through a loan instrument with the term matching the duration of the franchise license, however, up to a maximum term of 7 years
  • BEE party must have been pre-approved by the franchisor before approaching NEF
  • NEF funding generally limited to R10 million
  • NEF will fund SME; using mainly debt
  • NEF funding is charged at prime linked interest rates
  • The NEF will exit from the investment in 5 to 7 years
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