I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 2 (IPAE 2) carries out its first investments
News | 09/10/2018
  The fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 2, launched in December 2017 with a first closing at €50 million, made its first investments. Operating in various sectors of activity, the first companies of IPAE 2 portfolio share a common feature: the choice to develop their activities, from the...

IPDEV 2 reaches its final closing and accelerates the launch of 10 impact funds in sub-Saharan Africa
News | 24/09/2018
  The investment company I&P Développement 2 (IPDEV 2), managed by Investisseurs & Partenaires, an experienced fund manager dedicated to African SMEs, reached its final closing and totalizes an investment capacity of €21 million, exceeding its initial target. With the support of...

Neurotech gets ISO certified for its management system
Entrepreneurs | 20/09/2018
    Neurotech, an information and technology provider delivering solutions for Senegalese enterprises, get the ISO 9001:2015 certification, relative to quality management.   The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO...

I&P publishes the first ESG & Impact reporting of the fund IPDEV 2
News | 18/09/2018
  The investment company I&P Développement 2 (IPDEV 2), managed by Investisseurs & Partenaires, has released its ESG & Annual Impact reporting (as of March 2018). IPDEV 2 aims to finance high potential small businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa, with financing needs ranging from...

I&P's Newsletter of July 2018: Focus on the launch of Comoé Capital
News | 20/07/2018
I&P publishes the third newsletter of 2018, with a focus on the recent launch of the impact fund Comoé Capital, sponsored by IPDEV 2 : • Edito of Joël Cadier, Chairman of Comoé Capital • Focus on the launching event of Comoé Capital, in March 2018 • Portrait of Fidèle Diomandé,...

Interview of Fidèle Diomandé, founder of Ivoirian publishing house Vallesse
Entrepreneurs | 18/07/2018
  Comoé Capital’s first investment as part of the Education Impact Fund (an initiative supported by the Jacobs Foundation), Vallesse is an Ivoirian publishing house founded in 2005 by Fidèle Diomandé, an entrepreneur committed to youth education in Côte d'Ivoire. VALLESSE's editorial...

Publication of the 6th ESG & Impact Reporting of the fund IPAE 1
News | 17/07/2018
  Launched in 2012, the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 1 (IPAE 1) closed its investment phase in 2017 with two investments in Malian companies, bringing to 29 the total number of African SMEs in portfolio. The publication of the sixth ESG & Impact annual reporting is the opportunity...

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...

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