Lesson 9: "Small businesses in Africa need patient capital and time to grow"
Intelligence & Analysis | 06/07/2018
  With the lesson n°9 from "Fifteen Years, Fifteen Lessons from Africa", we continue to share insights about key elements characterizing the impact investing sector and we focus here on the frequent need to extend the investment period when targeting small and young enterprises in Africa....

EMPEA’s Report on SDGs, with a case study on I&P
Intelligence & Analysis | 04/07/2018
  EMPEA (an independent organization for private capital in emerging markets) published a new report entitled “Private Equity’s Role in Delivering the SDGs: Current Approaches and Main Practices”. The report also features several case studies, including one on I&P’s alignment strategy...

The Education Impact Fund makes a first investment: Editions Vallesse
News | 26/06/2018
  The Education Impact Fund (EIF), an impact fund dedicated to education in Côte d'Ivoire, announces a first investment in the company Vallesse Editions. Launched in November 2017 in partnership with the Jacobs Foundation, the EIF is managed by Comoé Capital, the first investment company...

Which economic model to support SMEs? Focus on Lesson n°8
Intelligence & Analysis | 25/06/2018
  The eight lesson of the document "Fifteen Years, Fifteen Lessons from Africa" analyzes I&P’s choice to focus on small investments led by African entrepreneurs in fragile states. This represents an impact choice, motivated by the fact that there are very few financing solutions...

Enko Education launches two new schools in Mali and Burkina Faso
Entrepreneurs | 18/06/2018
  African International Schools group Enko Education has announced the launch of two new schools, which will open at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2018: Enko Bamako International School in Bamako, Mali and Enko Ouaga International School in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso....

The GIIN released its annual Impact Investor Survey: Key learnings and Figures
Intelligence & Analysis | 14/06/2018
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) published the 8th edition of its Annual Impact Investor Survey, a comprehensive assessment of data on the global impact investing market comprising data and insights from 229 of the world’s leading impact investors, among which Investisseurs &...

Africa Radio gets a frequency in Abidjan
Entre | 13/06/2018
  AFRICA RADIO is a new African radio project, which aims to offer a unique cultural program and cover in the coming years the main cities of French-speaking African countries. Supported by the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs since 2016, the project relies on the experience of Africa...

"Growing a food company in West Africa": interview of Sylvie Sagbo (SENAR) and Cécile Carlier (I&P Conseil)
Entrepreneurs | 12/06/2018
  Fabien Tondel from ECDPM's Great Insights magazine spoke to Sylvie Sagbo, Managing Director of SENAR Les Délices Lysa, a Senegalese manufacturer of food products, and Cécile Carlier, Director of I&P Conseil, the advisory branch of Paris-based Investisseurs & Partenaires, which...

Discovering African management: Focus on 7th lesson from "Fifteen Lessons from Africa"
Intelligence & Analysis | 30/05/2018
  Chapter three of the document "Fifteen years, Fifteen lessons from Africa" gather a few lessons learned from I&P's experience as an investor with African entrepreneurs. Considering the size of the companies we invest in, the human dimension is essential and the creation of a long-term...

I&P's April Newsletter and Editorial by Bénédicte Schutz
News | 26/04/2018
  I&P's april newsleter (n°21) is online! Contents of this issue include: • Edito by Bénédicte Schutz, Director of Monaco's Department of International Cooperation • Launch of Miarakap in Madagascar • Portrait of Sylvie Agbo, Director of "SENAR, Les Délices de Lysa" •...

I&P participates to AVCA's 15th annual conference
News | 24/04/2018
  Sébastien Boyé, Chief Investment Officer at I&P, participates to the 15th annual conference organized by the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) on April 23-24 in Morocco. He notably intervened in the panel "Private Equity in Fragile and conflict-affected situations", with...

CTCN Africa Regional Forum: accelerating the implementation of Climate Solutions in Africa through sharing and networking
News | 20/04/2018
  The CTCN first Pan-African Regional Forum and the African Carbon Forum were held in Nairobi (Kenya) from April 9 to 13. Cécile Carlier, Managing Director of I&P Conseil and mandated by ADEME (which represents France at the CTCN), was able to participate in these events which tried...

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Interview with Sylvie Sagbo, CEO of SENAR Les Délices de Lysa
Entrepreneurs | 19/04/2018
  SENAR Les Délices de Lysa is a Senegalese family business specializing in the processing of peanuts, cashews and maize. Created in 1982 by Lydie Sagbo, the company is managed since 2015 by her daughter, Sylvie Sagbo. In November 2017 SENAR formalizes a partnership with Teranga Capital, an...

2nd edition of I&P/FERDI's training on impact investing
News | 18/04/2018
  Investisseurs & Partenaires is pleased to organize, in partnership with Ferdi and with the support of the Monegasque association ILLIS the second edition of the training on impact investing to be held on September 18-20 in Paris. The objectives of the training are the following:...

Revalue commercial and marketing dimensions: a key issue for African SMEs
Intelligence & Analysis | 17/04/2018
  The sixth lesson of the document "15 years, 15 lessons from Africa" focuses on an aspect often underestimated by small and medium African enterprises : the commercial and marketing dimensions (customers' knowledge, branding, market access ...). I&P's experience has shown how critical...

Invest in agriculture and agrobusiness in Africa: issues to consider
Intelligence & Analysis | 11/04/2018
En 15 ans d'activité, I&P a financé de nombreuses entreprises dans les secteurs de l'agrobusiness et de l'agriculture. Ces secteurs représentent environ 40% de notre deal flow, et plus d'un tiers du PIB dans nos pays d'investissement: il est donc crucial de comprendre les enjeux spécifiques à...

Enko Education opens a second school in Senegal
Entrepreneurs | 09/04/2018
  African international schools group Enko Education, founded by Cyrille Nkontchou and Eric Pignot, has taken a new step in its development, acquiring the West African College of the Atlantic (WACA) in Dakar, Senegal. WACA is the 10th school to join Enko’s network, already implement in...

Launch of Comoé capital, first impact fund Dedicated to SMEs and start-up in Côte d’Ivoire
News | 03/04/2018
  Comoé Capital, the first impact fund dedicated to the financing and support of Ivoirian SMEs and start-ups, officially launched its activities on March 29 following its first board of directors. Managed by Issa Sidibé, Comoé Capital is the fifth African fund sponsored by Investisseurs...

The African economy: Moving from imitation to innovation
Intelligence & Analysis | 19/03/2018
  I&P continues to explore the document "Fifteen years, Fifteen lessons from Africa", with a second chapter dedicated to the structural changes of Africa’s economy and markets. We focus this week on the lesson #4, in which we tell how the African economy has shifted dramatically...

I&P attends EVPA’s social impact measurement training
News | 16/03/2018
  EVPA (the European Venture Philanthropy Association) and Social Value UK organize a social impact measurement and management training, hold in Brussels on March 15-16. Elodie Nocquet, ESG and Impact Director at I&P, will intervene to present I&P’s measurement and impact...

"Fifteen Years, fifteen lessons from Africa" : zoom on lesson n°3
Intelligence & Analysis | 15/03/2018
  The third lesson of the document “Fifteen Years, Fifteen Lessons from Africa” explores the new dynamics created by population growth and the emergence of the middle classes in Sub-Saharan Africa.   This lesson closes the first chapter of the document, dedicated to the strategic...

Gender Inclusivity: a priority for Ghanaian company PEG
Entrepreneurs | 09/03/2018
  PEG is a young company headquartered in Ghana which aims to bring off-grid solar energy access to rural and peri-urban communities in West Africa by providing pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar home systems to rural and remote customers. With the support of Power Africa, PEG is implementing...

On International Women’s Day, I&P shares its gender policy: Opportunities to Address the gender gap in African SMEs
News | 08/03/2018
  International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. As a pioneering actor in African SME financing and in impact investing, I&P aims to promote...

"Fifteen Years, fifteen lessons from Africa": focus on lesson 2, business environment and integrity
Intelligence & Analysis | 28/02/2018
  I&P explores this week the second lesson from the document "Fifteen years, Fifteen lessons from Africa". Entitled "The business environment is improving, but in a gradual and disparate way, which engenders integrity risks for firms", the lesson presents some best practices to limit...

I&P presents impact investing at UNIDO-WAIPA Training Programme for Investment Promotion Agencies
News | 23/02/2018
  Agencies WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion) and UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) organized on February 20-22 an Executive Training Programme for Investment Promotion Agencies on the impact investing movement and its potential to drive new resources...

"Fifteen years, fifteen lessons from Africa": focus on lesson 1
Intelligence & Analysis | 19/02/2018
"Fifteen years, fiteen lessons from Africa" is a new document published by I&P to present some key lessons learned from our 15-year experience in African SME and startup financing. Click here to learn more ►   We focus this week on Lesson 1: "Africa is one continent, but a...

Launch of Miarakap, a Malagasy impact fund supported by IPDEV 2
News | 09/02/2018
  Miarakap, the first impact investment fund dedicated to the financing and support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups in Madagascar gathered today its partners and shareholders for its first closing, led by Emmanuel Cotsoyannis and the group Investisseurs &...

I&P’s carbon emissions (2015-2016) and compensation strategy
News | 07/02/2018
  I&P considers the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as a priority environmental objective. To be consistent and exemplary towards our investors and our entrepreneurs, we have made the choice to measure and reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions. We have carried out an...

Global Partnership for Education Financing conference: focus on education in Africa
Intelligence & Analysis | 02/02/2018
The Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference (GPE) is organized on February 1 and 2 in Dakar. GPE is the only multilateral partnership and fund dedicated exclusively to education in the world’s poorest countries. The partnership includes developing country partners, donor countries,...

I&P January newsletter is published!
News | 31/01/2018
I&P published its 20th newsletter (January edition) to present its best whishes for 2018 and review important events of the past 3 months. In this edition: editorial signed by Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires • Launch of the new fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs...

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