Rama Cereal

Sector of activity: Agro-Industry
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: Comoé Capital
Entrepreneur: Aramatou COULIBALY
Employees: 25
Country: Ivory Coast
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RAMA CEREAL is an agro-industrial company created in 2005. Its main activity is the processing of cereals such as millet, maize and rice. It is present on the local (Prosuma, Carrefour, Citydia, etc.) and international markets through various products and spices: millet granules, corn, rice, pre-cooked millet, attiéké (manioc semolina), ginger, gnangan, soumara, baobab. The company started its activities in the informal sector before becoming a sole proprietorship in 2005 and then a limited liability company in 2016.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Aramatou Coulibaly holds a BTS in International Trade and a Bachelor's degree in English. She has worked as a consultant and sales assistant in companies such as Mobil Oil and Kompass-ci, and then as an interim employee at Orange. Noting the need for millet products, she decided to set up her own agro-industrial company in 2005. In 2012, she obtained support within the framework of the Trade and Regional Integration Support Programme (PACIR) financed by the European Union.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH COMOE CAPITAL

• Strengthening governance and setting up a strategic committee

• Support for commercial development and the launch of infant flour

• Development of the new site, which must comply with all relevant health standards

• Acquisition of equipment to increase to 2 tons/day (vs. 400 kg today)

• Financing the purchase of raw materials to cover needs over 3 months

• Acquisition of rolling stock for distribution

 

MAIN IMPACTS

• Impact on small producers through supervision and an increase in their productivity, and therefore their income

• Impact on nutrition with the launch of infant flour

In portfolio since: 2018

Mondray Technology

Sector of activity: Service
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: Comoé Capital
Entrepreneur: Kouassi Raymond N’DRI
Employees: 10
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

Founded in 2008, Mondray Technology is an industrial services company that markets and installs industrial weighing equipment. In 2017, the company obtained the ISO 9001 certification and became the first Ivorian company certified in the field. The weighing activity is regulated both locally and internationally. Mondray is also one of the ten or so actors authorized to calibrate, approve and maintain measuring equipment. It is also active in electronic security and industrial IT, two areas related to industrial and commercial weighing.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

After a five-year experience as a technical sales manager at HKF, a company specialising in weighing, Kouassi Raymond N'Drin decided to set up his own business and created Mondray Technology. He holds a Higher Technician Diploma in Electronics from CESTIA School in Abidjan and has completed training in the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard to obtain certification. In 2018, he became a computer science engineer with an option in Software Engineering at the Sainte-Marie training institute in Cocody.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH COMOE CAPITAL

• Strengthen governance through the transformation into a public limited company and the establishment of a strategic committee

• Purchase equipment allowing a better execution (quality & deadline) of services on weighbridges;

• The development of Mondray's network, particularly in agricultural areas;

• The development of other fields of metrology such as temperature and volumes;

• Working capital requirements, in particular through the financing of stocks, the training of teams on new activities and the WCR of the antennas.

 

MAIN IMPACTS

• Facilitate access to the weighing service for local cooperatives and companies and provide them with quality services

• Establish and develop local expertise

• Recruit and train staff for the new weighing services to be developed

 

 

 

In portfolio since: 2018
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Studio Kä

Sector of activity: Education & Training
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: Comoé Capital
Entrepreneur: Soro Adja
Employees: 4
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

Founded in 2018, STUDIO KÄ is a start-up company specialising in the creation and production of educational animated series based on African stories, thus with high cultural added value for children.

STUDIO KÄ has obtained a partnership with TV5 Monde (an international French-speaking general-interest television channel) for the production of an animation series called "Les Contes de Raya". In addition, the company plans to develop several contents with the same characteristics for local and international sales.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Soro Adja holds a Master's degree in Finance and Accounting and a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from Lehigh University of Pennsylvania. After several years in the field of microfinance, Adja returned to her first passion, literature. Convinced that literature is a factor of cultural emancipation and open-mindedness, she did an internship at PLAYBAC Presse, a French publishing house, before returning to Côte d'Ivoire in 2015 to create Voyelles Editions, whose main product is the cultural youth magazine "Bulles". Today, the promoter launched STUDIO KÄ to develop the production of animated films.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH COMOE CAPITAL

• Improve the quality of production and governance

• Produce several animated series

• Implementation of a health insurance system for employees fully operational

 

MAIN IMPACTS

• Creation of modern content, inspired by African stories, through the production of several edutainment animated series

• Substitution to animated films generally imported into Côte d'Ivoire

• Creation of local know-how through capacity building and the acquisition of appropriate equipment

 

In portfolio since: 2018

Procréa

Sector of activity: Health
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPAE 2
Entrepreneur: Myriam Kadio-Morokro BROU
Employees: 46
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

 

The Clinic PROCREA, based in Abidjan, started its activities in 2008. The clinic is specialized in the area of reproductive health and is the leader in Côte d'Ivoire for Medically Assisted Procreation (MAP), a technique that allows people who have difficulty having a child to successfully give birth.

PROCRÉA's offer also covers mother-child health, including obstetrical gynecology, neonatology (newborn health), and pediatrics.

 

The vision of PROCREA's promoters is to popularize the practice of MAP in order to make it accessible to a greater number of people. The clinic aims to become one of the leaders in the sector in Côte d'Ivoire and West Africa, complying with the requirements and standards of the international medical sector. In ten years of activity, the clinic has already accompanied more than 500 couples.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

PROCRÉA was created in 2006 under the initiative of Dr. Myriam Kadio-Morokro Brou, principal promoter, and Professor Marie-Laure Hauhouot Attoumgbré, co-promoter, both of whom are recognized experts in Côte d'Ivoire in the fields of biology and reproductive sciences. Later they were joined by 3 other renowned health professionals in Côte d'Ivoire.

After obtaining her bachelor's degree in France, Dr. Kadio-Morokro Brou joined the Faculty of Medicine in Abidjan where she graduated in 2001 and did a thesis on reproductive biology. Passionate about the subject, she then returned to France to complete her studies in reproductive biology, sterility therapy, molecular cytogenetics and male sterility. During her stay in France she worked in several hospitals, hospitals and laboratories.

Back in Côte d'Ivoire in 2005, she suggested to her friend Prof Attoumgbré to join her in the PROCREA clinic project, which they founded in 2006. PROCREA’s activities officially started in 2008.

 

► To know more, discover the interview of Dr. Kadio-Morokro Brou

 

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P 

I&P committed alongside with PROCRÉA to:

• Restructure the project to focus on the medical offer dedicated to reproduction

• Financing and supporting the construction of a new, larger clinic, better adapted to PROCRÉA's needs and designed in an environmentally friendly way (treatment of medical waste, rainwater recovery, reduction in energy consumption, etc.)

• Support the management team in the running of the clinic

 

EXPECTED IMPACTS

• Make reproductive health care available to the greatest number of people

• Improve the quality of care

• Increase the clinic's capacity

 

 

In portfolio since: 2018
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Etudesk

Sector of activity: Education & Training
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: Comoé Capital
Entrepreneur: Lamine Barro
Employees: 5
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

 

Etudesk is a start-up offering online professional training through its interactive platform. The courses offered are strictly professional in nature and cover a wide range of learning areas: Business, IT, Economics, Civil Engineering, Science, etc. Etudesk defines itself as the “university of companies” and aims to reduce the gap between academic training and the skills required by companies.

 

The platform is available via PC, tablet and smartphone and without internet connection on mobile applications. It offers:

  • Short-term training modules (about 2 to 10 hours) covering a specific field and aimed at students and professionals wishing to acquire or deepen specific skills. Each module includes a course structured in several sections with evaluation quizzes and practical activities
  • Learning programs that are composed of a set of modules. The pathways provide access to a mentor and a final evaluation. A certificate, sponsored by a company, is issued at the end of the program in order to enhance the professional profile of the student if the program is successfully completed

 

The project has a strong economic and social impact: Etudesk aims to support active people in their career development but also to facilitate the professional integration of students and job seekers in a country with a young population and a high unemployment rate. Etudesk offers high-quality teaching programs (experienced instructors and content reviewed by several professionals) at an affordable price.

 

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Lamine BARRO is a young Ivorian entrepreneur, who was only 22 years old when he founded Etudesk in 2016.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Korhogo (2014) and a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Founder Institute (2016). Before creating Etudesk, he was a Microsoft Student Partner for several years and has several years of experience as an IT specialist in various firms.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH COMOÉ CAPITAL

• Formalization and compliance with accounting standards

• Strategic support to adapt the business plan to the Ivorian context and its competitive environment

• Support for strengthening the offer (creation of new training courses)

• Support the commercial deployment of the company

 

Etudesk is supported through the Education Impact Fund (EIF), managed by Comoé Capital. This impact fund dedicated to education in Côte d'Ivoire is sponsored by Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) and the Jacobs Foundation. It provides financial and managerial support to Ivorian SMEs and start-ups with the aim of improving the quality and/or access to education in the country.

 

MAIN IMPACTS

• Access to education for a broad target population

• Facilitates the professional integration of students and job seekers

 

 

NEWS AND AWARDS

Etudesk won Seedstars Abidjan Competition in 2016. Read more →

In 2017 Etudesk was one of the five winning companies of the Digital Africa competition, among the 770 French and African startups participating whose projects put digital innovation at the service of sustainable development. As a finalist, Etudesk benefited from an "acceleration pack", composed of technical and financial support provided by the French Development Agency. Read more →

 

 

 

 

In portfolio since: 2018
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Investment Principal

 

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Comoé Capital est une société d’investissement Ivoirienne qui investit dans des PME et start-ups à fort potentiel.

Comoé Capital est sponsorisée par Investisseurs et Partenaires (I&P), un groupe d’impact investment dédié aux PME africaines. En plus d’I&P, Comoé Capital est soutenu par un actionnariat de qualité composé du Groupe NSIA, Orange Côte d’Ivoire, SGBCI, Eurofind et Hotter.

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Vallesse Éditions

Sector of activity: Education & Training
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: Comoé Capital
Entrepreneur: Fidèle Diomandé
Employees: 24
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

 

Created in 2005, VALLESSE is a publishing house based in Côte d’Ivoire, which has an editorial collection of nearly thirty books, nine of which are accredited to the undergraduate curriculum, approved extra-curriculars books and youth literature. VALLESSE has four collections to her credit.

VALLESSE is an active member of ASSEDI (Association des Editeurs de Côte d'Ivoire) and the Association des Editeurs Francophones au Sud du Sahara (AFRILIVRES).

 

VALLESSE won 3 prizes at the Abidjan 2018 International Book Fair:

• The International Book Fair Award for the novel “Tristesse au Paradis” of Grâce Minlibé

• The Jeanne de Cavally Award for “La Veste de Grégoire” of Serge Grah

• The special mention of Bernard Dadié Award for Young Writer for “Tristesse au Paradis” of Grâce Minlibé

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Fidèle Diomandé worked between 2001 and 2005 at the national leader CEDA (before the merger with NEI), at the direction of manufacturing after passing through the communication department and pedagogy. Faced with the difficulties encountered by CEDA, she joined the printing press Nour. After a few months in this company, she decided to create Vallesse because of her passion for both books and entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH COMOÉ CAPITAL

Comoé Capital committed alongside Vallesse to:

• Support the development of a new educational collection dedicated to all secondary levels and all disciplines

• Support the business development of the firm through new distribution channels

• Support the formalization of the firm (accounting, HR)

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Strengthen an education-focused publishing actor that promote a wide access to educational content and youth literature in Côte d’Ivoire

 

 

In portfolio since: 2018
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ENVAL Laboratoire

Sector of activity: Equipment & Maintenance
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Bakary Coulibaly
Employees: 31
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

ENVAL LABORATOIRE, based in Ivory Coast, is one of the most important laboratory of physico-chemical and microbiological analyses in West Africa.

 

Officially founded in 2012, ENVAL LABORATOIRE is specialized in microbiological and physico-chemical tests and analyses. The company has recently expanded its activities and conducts soil, foliar and oil analyses, as well as noise-measuring and air quality analyses.

ENVAL aims to expand its activities to the mining sector in new site located in Yamoussoukro and wishes to reinforce its capacity regarding physico-chemical analyses.

 

The Entrepreneur

Bakary Coulibaly has over 20 years of experience in chemical analysis and company management. He conducted several studies in Ivory-Coast and the sub-region for local entities and multinational companies such as TOTAL, CIPREL and PISA-IMPEX. Bakary has created Enval Laboratoire with 3 Ivorian associates.

 

Partnership with I&P

I&P is committed alongside ENVAL to:

• Reinforce the microbiological and physico-chemical activity of the company

• Expand is activities to mining analyses by supporting the launch of a new laboratory dedicated to this activity

• Cover the regional market for mining analyses

• Expand the activities to soil and foliar analyses, as well as pesticide analyses

 

Expected Impact

• Contribute to support an emerging mining sector in the region

• Reinforce the environmental policy of the company

• Create more than 30 skilled jobs

 

In portfolio since: 2015
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Conergies

Sector of activity: Energy
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Mamadou Sanankoua
Employees: 85
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

Conergies designs, engineers, installs and provides maintenance for air conditioning and industrial cooling systems.

The group gathers two subsidiaries in Mali (RICA Services) and in Côte d'Ivoire (ARIC). Being comfortably settled in Mali, the group plans on a large-scaled deployment in Côte d'Ivoire where the construction market remains globally depressed. Around 80% of Abidjan towers need restoration and virtually no investment were made in the past 15 years within the sector. The local offer needs a structuration force which RICA is able to embody.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Mamadou Sanankoua graduated in Mechanics Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and in International Project Management from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce of Paris. His academic path thus combines technical and financial skills with business engineering experiences earned within great industrial firms (Schneider Electrics, Daikin Europe). He decided to take the lead in the family business then ran by his father in 2001 to pursue its leadership over the sub-region alongside with his brothers and a friend.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P has committed alongside with Conergies:

• To bring technical assistance resources needed to renew the Management Information System

• To support through marketing assistance and guide the company during its rebranding process

• To build up the governance

 

KEY IMPACTS

• A dozen jobs created in the new Ivorian subsidiary

• Awareness and expertise brought over efficient energy

• Health and security trainings for the employees

 

In portfolio since: 2012
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Pharmivoire Nouvelle

Sector of activity: Health
Statut: En cours d'investissement
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Elisabeth Kacou, Peter Aouely
Employees: 73
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

Pharmivoire Nouvelle is an Ivorian lab processing medical intravenous solutions. Pharmivoire was created when Copharminvest Holding bought the industrial lab PHARMIVOIRE in 1999. It is for now the only lab to locally produce and sell soft-packed intravenous solutions in French-Speaking West Africa. The company aims at becoming a leader on the West African Economic and Monetary Union, a market in real demand for medical goods while the sub-regional market imports 90% of this type of equipment.

 

COPHARMINVEST HOLDING was created in 1993 by the Ivorian Order of Pharmacists in order to comply with practitioners needs and set up economic tools within their sector by filling local industry needs as opportunities arise. This council gathers more than 100 private pharmacists.

 

THE ENTREPRENEURS

Dr. Elizabeth Kacou is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pharmivoire. Dr. Kacou is an officine-managing pharmacist with a dual profile  enhanced  by several management trainings (HEC Paris, HEC Executive Ivory Coast). 

The management of the company is held by Peter Aouely, the first non-pharmacist manager of the company with a strong entrepreneur background and a solid sense of business he acquired during his study at the Business School of Abidjan (ESCA).

 

PARTNESHIP WITH I&P

I&P is committed alongside with Pharmivoire:

• To finance a new type of equipment that will produce more profitable packs

• To set up employee profit-sharing plans with a bonus system

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Imports reduction on the intravenous solutions market

• Strong local added value

• Highly-qualified jobs

• Structured local pharmaceutic sector

 

In portfolio since: 2014
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