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GEM Business Consult has helped our clients win over $250m in grants and bonds. If you have limited time and staff capacity, we are the fundraising and proposal writing experts you can count on. We have a deep understanding of funder requirements and have developed a unique and proven approach that maximizes your chances of winning more funding.

Who are we?

GEM Business Consult is an international consulting firm helping NGOs, social enterprises and non-profit organisations working to break the cycles of poverty and address challenges faced in Africa to raise and secure sustainable funding so they can grow and achieve their mission.

Based in Denmark

We are based in Denmark and work with organisations worldwide with African projects. Our clients are NGOs and social enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organisations.

Extensive experience

Our team has experience in raising and securing funds and has secured 250 million dollars in grants and bonds for clients jointly with a team of professional international grant writers that we work with.

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We cover several thematic areas

The team experience covers several thematic areas. These include Health, Education, Water and sanitation, Agriculture, Rural Development, Women and Gender, Social inclusion, Financial inclusion, Children and youth, Empowerment, Environment, Food Security, Research, Technology and Innovation, Humanitarian aid, Climate change, Governance and Human Rights, Disability and Economic Development.

We are dedicated to supporting our clients by helping them to navigate government, donor and investor funding processes to attract the funding needed to make their projects a reality.

We have experience applying for grants from government agencies like the European Commission and USAID, UN Agencies, Foundations, Funds, Business Incubators and Investors. We work with our clients through the entire grant application process and continue to work with them throughout funding and management.

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Meet Our Team

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Lydia Hansen

Founder, Principal Consultant and Grant Writer

Lydia Hansen is the Principal Consultant at GEM Business Consult. She supports various SMEs, Social Enterprises and NGOs in grant research, prospecting, grant writing, funding strategy, business plan and pitch deck development.

Lydia has previously worked in finance and banking with hundreds of Social Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners. As a result, she thoroughly understands what it takes to build a business, write a business plan, pitch and get approved for business and project financing. In addition, Lydia has over half a decade of experience helping organisations and individuals raise funds.

Furthermore, she worked on different health projects, including project planning and management, healthcare innovation projects and health prevention and promotion.

She has a BA in Economics and Sociology from Makerere University and an MBA from Eastern and Southern African Management Institute. A Master of Science in Public Health from Lund University and a Master of Science in Health care Innovation from Copenhagen Business school. In addition, she is a certified grant writer.

Lydia is passionate about fundraising, health promotion and prevention, innovation, breaking the cycles of poverty and addressing challenges faced in Africa.

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Nazanin Eftekhari

Business Consultant and Grant Writer

Nazanin Eftekhari serves as a Business Consultant and Grant Writer at GEM Business Consult. She supports a diverse set of SMEs and Social Enterprises in developing business plans, pitches, business cases, business models, and strategies. She also works on preparing proposals for funding and grant applications, market research, and competitor and customer analysis.

Nazanin has previously worked as a university lecturer, Innovation and Business Analyst, Research Assistant and Grant Writer, supporting different organisations in their growth journeys.

Nazanin holds a Master of Science Industrial Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), a Master of Science, Innovation and Business from the University of Southern Denmark and a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management from Aalborg University.

Nazanin is passionate about Fundraising, Business Innovation and Strategy.

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