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“We are very pleased with the business design work that LCP has done for our proposed product village. We hope to continue working with LCP in future.”
“LCP’s team is supportive, knowledgeable, and responsive. They seek to understand their client’s expectations and proactively recommend and improvise in areas that add value to the work.”
“LCP demonstrated impressive capacity in the collection and analysis of market insight and remarkable financial modelling capacity which yielded analyses of ROI of multiple value chain stakeholders.”
Heavy Construction Equipment
Amaze is a local business conglomerate vested across different sectors including power and logistics, providing high quality infrastructure development services.
Amaze wanted to bring exclusive dealership for a particular heavy construction equipment series from one of the top five Japanese companies in the industrial market. For that the Japanese company required an exhaustive market opportunity and landscape study complete with a business design.
LCP partnered with the firm to conduct a demand-supply analysis to determine the financial viability. We adopted a three-step approach to gain a wider understanding of the market – qualitative research, quantitative research and value quantification. Analyzing findings from our research, we devised an innovative business model and a unique brand positioning, enabling the deal to cut through and make a significant impact in the market.
Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 84 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE has also acquired a leadership position in private sector engagement by forging partnerships with 27 enterprises, centered on inclusive business models in the areas of market access, sourcing and aggregation; distribution systems; workforce engagement; and capacity building in inclusive business – to jointly address development challenges for people at the bottom of the pyramid.
Care in collaboration with the German conglomerate Kik wanted to assess the impact they had by investing on a social enterprise in Bangladesh. The enterprise invested on acted as a backward linkage for branded products (mainly rugs and quilts) that were sold in Germany.
LCP developed a Social Return of Investment (SROI) model that quantifies the business value created out of the investment; and it also calculates the lifetime incremental value created by the intervention in the Bangladesh community.
Care wanted to understand and develop a direct sourcing model for supermarkets in Bangladesh that would increase market share for both the super-retailers and original perishable producers (farmers).
LCP conducted in-depth interviews with major supermarkets to understand their sourcing pattern, especially for perishables and essential commodities. This allowed mapping of the existing value chain and, in the process, identification of middlemen. We also held in-depth discussions with middlemen in Kawran Bazaar to understand the existing sourcing pattern. Following consultation with major stakeholders across the value chain, we proposed an alternative value chain, which is expected to minimize the number of middlemen, increase value maximization for producers, and result in cost savings for supermarkets.
“LightCastle Partners (LCP) has provided technical inputs to the preparation of business cases on CARE Bangladesh’s projects and research work that aim to improve the lives and livelihoods of the rural poor including small-holder farmers and marginalized women. In the course of the consultancy, LCP demonstrated impressive capacity in the collection and analysis of market insight on agro value chains, particularly the retail segment; and remarkable financial modelling capacity which yielded analyses of returns on investment (ROI) of multiple value chain stakeholders in a rug sourcing value chain.”
Hivos is an international development organization guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organizations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. Under the MAVC program, Hivos funds and supports innovation, scaling-up, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.
Hivos wanted to understand the high-level contextual country parameters for Bangladesh to determine the status quo and plausible technology driven impact investment spaces for enhancing citizen engagement.
LCP conducted a comprehensive nation-wide study identifying key trends like technological leapfrogs (high mobile based content penetration), social media proliferation, increasing effect of globalization and opportunities due to the demographic dividend. The study identified key spaces to enhance citizen engagement and developed a key framework via which social investments can be channeled.
JAAGO Foundation is a movement initiated by a group of young dedicated volunteers to break this vicious cycle and set into motion the wheels of growth and prosperity for the poverty-stricken people of Bangladesh. Company website
JAAGO intends to construct a product village outside Dhaka that will operate as a temporary habilitation for the displaced labor force in our country. The goal of the project is to empower the people return to mainstream. Chief features of the project include: agribusiness sustenance, renewable energy creation, handicrafts development, information technology and eco-tourism services provision.
At LCP, we planned a robust business system that will allow them to sustain massive operations efficiently. In addition, we have also designed a value chain architecture to map out the best possible ways for linking the village operations to the desired forward market. LCP delivered the above-mentioned work in the form of a concept note, a business design report and a pitch presentation. JAAGO is currently in the process of raising capital.
“JAAGO Foundation is proud and honored to be in partnership with LCP, one of the very first analytics organizations in Bangladesh. As our country moves forward, we are in need of more organizations like LCP. We are very pleased with the business design work that they have done for our proposed product village, which we hope to establish in near future. We hope to continue working with LCP in future.”
Mostafa Group of Industries
Established in 1952, Mostafa Group is one of the leading Chittagong based conglomerates that is operating mainly in the salt, paper, oil, transport, RMG, tea and agro sectors and employing approximately 13,500 people.
MGI was in need of a corporate re-structuring – focusing on their core businesses, liquidating unprofitable units and developing a more optimum capital structure (reschedule existing leverage and raise syndicated financing for expanding core businesses).
LCP worked closely with the MGI team to develop an information memorandum which was sent to the existing financiers and showcased MGI’s future business potential in multiple roadshows. The information memorandum included market study of MGI’s core operational sectors and financial design (complete with sensitivity analysis) to stress on the group’s ability to re-structure existing capital mix.
WSUP was established in 2005 and has quickly become recognized as a leading actor in the urban WASH sector, demonstrating how multi-sector partnerships can have significant impact. By harnessing the expertise and sector leading knowledge of the private sector, NGOs and research institutions, WSUP works as a professional partner to service providers in the delivery of water and sanitation programs.
By analyzing 10 years of historical data, WSUP wanted to assess the sludge management industry in Dhaka for establishing a private sector driven business model to clean septic tanks outside Dhaka WASA’s sewerage network.
LCP used 10 years of data points to conduct financial analysis on the existing cleaning service providers and identified various cost and revenue drivers. Alongside, we also identified various business models (leverage, service and lease based) and developed iterative simulations to zero on the most profitable model. We finally chalked out a revised business model in consultation with WSUP and DWASA and subsequently co-organized a workshop for recruiting Sanitation Entrepreneurs.