I&P has developed an innovative strategy to best meet the financing and support needs of small and medium-sized African companies, based on three complementary business models.
Investisseurs & Partenaires is an investor exclusively dedicated to African SMEs. Our mission is to contribute to the growth and sustainable development of the African continent by financing and advising entrepreneurs, project leaders, and SMEs seeking economic, social and environmental growth and success.
In Africa, these SMEs are the real missing middle of African economies. These enterprises face two key obstacles: lack of access to long-term financing and to skills and human resources.
Investisseurs & Partenaires brings its finance and management skills to its active partnership with the entrepreneur. I&P puts the entrepreneur at the heart of its approach and strives to build a long-term relationship of trust with him/her.
Our investment continuum
I&P manages and advises several funds and programs entirely dedicated to small and medium-sized African companies (SMEs), which are distinguished in particular by the size of the targeted companies. I&P has gradually extended its scope of intervention and now offers a continuum of investment ranging from several thousand euros to 3 million euros.
Scaling-up project leaders and young businesses through seed-funding and/or training programs.
Financing small businesses through a network of partner funds in 10 Sub-Saharan African countries.
Directly supporting and financing the development of SMEs and start-ups and strengthening their impact.
Discover below I&P's funds and programs:
About I&P Acceleration
Africa's entrepreneurial landscape is still growing and developing.
Many ideas are emerging, driven by men and women who want to contribute to meeting basic needs and creating local added value. But these projects are often informal, poorly structured and insufficiently mature to access conventional financing.
I&P brings its perspective as an investor and develops acceleration programs, with the support of major donors, so that these projects can find the sources of financing necessary for their development and changing of scale.
These programs are most often thematic (technology, the Sahel) and are based on a proven methodology, using seed funding, strategic support provided by an investor and technical assistance missions implemented by external consultants.
These programs are coordinated by I&P Entrepreneurs et Développement, an association of the Investisseurs Partenaires group which aims to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Africa and which is aimed at entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of their entrepreneurial project as well as entrepreneurs still in the acceleration or incubation phase.
Our acceleration programs
About I&P Development
In order to scale up African private equity and support a growing number of private initiatives, I&P has designed a major program to build investment capacity in Africa.
I&P Development aims to create, develop and sponsor 10 impact funds in 10 countries in 10 years, thus financing nearly 300 companies and contributing to the creation of 15,000 jobs in sub-Saharan Africa.
These 10 impact funds, led by African investment professionals and mostly capitalized by African investors, are able to finance local businesses between 50,000 and 500,000 euros.
Our partner funds
IPDEV 2 partners with new investment teams and provides them with the capital and technical support needed to successfully launch and manage an impact fund dedicated to start-ups and small businesses.
As of today 5 funds are already operational:
About I&P Expansion
Perceived as a land of opportunity, the African continent is increasingly attracting private investors. Nevertheless, these investors are focusing on the continent's major transactions in the most dynamic markets, South Africa and East Africa.
From the outset, I&P's mission has been to "go where others don't go", to finance start-ups, to intervene in the Fragile and Least Developed Countries of the African continent and to support the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in or the "missing link" of African economies.
To do this, I&P designs generalist or thematic SME impact funds, financed by public and private investors committed to and motivated by the impact of these SMEs on their local stakeholders.
Our expansion funds
Building on its 15-year experience in financing and supporting African entrepreneurs, I&P launches a consulting activity with a dedicated team, I&P Conseil. With this project, I&P aims to contribute to improving the business environment and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa
The missions of I&P Conseil
I&P Conseil acts as a development laboratory dedicated to African Small and Medium Businesses and entrepreneurial ecosystem, working in collaboration with public and private stakeholder.
I&P Conseil aims to:
⇒ Offer a wide range of services dedicated to African entrepreneurship and business creation including studies, training and project management
⇒ Bring its support to the community of entrepreneurs but also to governments, institutional actors, development agencies and investors
⇒ Improve entrepreneurial ecosystem and
⇒ While pursuing I&P’s mission: promote responsible and innovative SMEs with strong impacts on their local ecosystems