The Enterprise Development Network

Providing access to capital for businesses seeking to build or expand ventures in developing countries.

What is the Enterprise Development Network?

The Enterprise Development Network (EDN) is a strategic alliance between the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the U.S. government, and the private sector. Through a growing network of private sector organizations, EDN greatly extends OPIC’s ability to provide financing and political risk insurance to greater numbers of Business Enterprises (ENTs ) doing business in developing countries.

How does EDN Help Business Enterprises?

As the primary U.S. government agency focused on supporting private sector investment in the developing world, OPIC recognizes that business enterprises are increasingly looking to grow through overseas investment. But businesses launching overseas projects often find it difficult to obtain support and encounter unique challenges.

To help meet these challenges, EDN increases and facilitates access to products and services through a network of financial institutions, business consultants, associations, law firms and regional investment promotion agencies. EDN also helps businesses by offering a more timely, efficient, and cost-effective delivery of services through EDN service providers.

How is EDN set up?

EDN consists of two key sets of service providers and the EDN Program Manager.

- EDN Loan Originators serve as local service providers to business enterprises to help develop the finance application package, refine marketing strategies, and draft or enhance business plans.  Originators are familiar with EDN’s loan application standards, and therefore significantly improve the chance of a loan package receiving funding.  Many EDN Loan Originators are also PRI Originators, able to help businesses prepare applications for OPIC’s Political Risk Insurance product.

- Financial institutions serve as EDN Lenders to make loans to businesses or their affiliates for projects in developing countries.

- The EDN Program Manager supports OPIC in overall program development, oversight and administration.

Use the EDN Search Engine to gather further information regarding EDN Loan and PRI Originators, EDN Lenders and other network participants.

About OPIC

OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.  It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy.  Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad.  OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.

Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 150 countries worldwide. To date, OPIC has supported more than $200 billion of investment in over 4000 projects, generated an estimated $75 billion in U.S. exports and supported more than 276,000 American jobs.