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May 2022 Newsletter: We’re officially in Beta!

This newsletter was originally sent to The Untapped network on Thursday, May 26th. To subscribe for future updates please click here.

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening!

Since we started Untapped just under 18 months ago, I have always known two things to be true:

  1. Entrepreneurs in emerging markets need accessible, repeatable, scalable financing
  2. Many investors around the world want to make money, while making a difference

So, we set out to find a way to connect the two, at scale.

Through our Smart Asset Financing model, we currently finance 30 Operating Partners in 11 countries across Africa and in Mexico, in various industries including mobility, fintech, healthtech, energy, and more.

We’ve consistently exceeded 25% IRR with a near 0% default rate on our revenue-based financings.

We know it works.

Now, we’re bringing it to the world! The Untapped team and I are thrilled to announce the launch of our online investment platform in Beta — making private investing in emerging markets easy, safe, and profitable.

The platform is now open and available for anyone to sign up, and is currently accepting investments from accredited investors.


The last six weeks have been exceptionally busy, but productive at Untapped! Here are some additional highlights:

  • Untapped’s Smart Asset Financing investment model was named by Fast Company as one of their World Changing Ideas of 2022
  • We deployed another 1,722 assets to our asset base, now with over 6,585 assets across Africa and in Mexico.
  • The Untapped team hosted investors in Cape Town for our South Africa Showcase, introducing some of the most promising investment opportunities in Africa, including some of our current and potential operating partners.

Updates by the numbers…

6,585: Assets we are currently financing, including 1,170 new motorcycles in South Africa with FlexClub through Mobile Mac. This is up 1,722 from last month.

30.34%: Annualized yield from revenues in April, comfortably over our goal of 25

FOUR: New partners with disbursements in April, getting us past 3/4 of the way to our 2022 goal of 40

Untapped in the news…

How Untapped Global plans to bring the revenue financing model to African startups — Read more on TechCrunch.

Untapped Global Review 2022 — an honest review of our investment platform. Read more on Investing in the Web.

How Untapped Global backs growth stage African startups by using smart asset financing — Read more on TechPoint.

Untapped Global raises $10.3 to provide asset financing to emerging market entrepreneurs — Read more on Disrupt Africa.


1. Check out the Untapped investment platform and give us your feedback!

2. We are hiring some key positions, including:

  • Customer success staff to support users
  • Web3 community-building lead
  • Private capital markets experts

Drop us a note if you know if you know individuals that you think may fit any of the profiles.

3. We continue to have more demand for Smart Asset Financing than we have capital to serve. If you know of individuals or institutions that want returns up to 10% APR with 6, 12- or 18-month maturities, please send them our way!

Thanks and keep well!
- Jim



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