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I&P Acceleration in Sahel is an innovative program aimed at small businesses and start-ups in the Sahel and surrounding countries. The objective is to give these companies access to the financing and skills needed to foster their development, thus promoting the creation of decent and sustainable jobs in the region.

I&P Acceleration in Sahel: an overview

Deployed over four years, this ambitious program will benefit some 300 companies operating in 13 countries in the Sahel region: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Tchad, Togo and Senegal.

I&P Acceleration in Sahel gives project holders and entrepreneurs the tools and skills they need to develop and scale up their businesses.

Calendar        2019-2023
Size                €15 million
Geography    Sahel and Lake Chad Basin
Sector            Generalist (all sectors)
Sponsor         European Union

A closer look at the program

I&P Acceleration in Sahel is deployed around three complementary components, aimed to accelerate the development of existing, but often informal, small businesses and to improve the success of new entrepreneurial projects:

Seed Financing

Addressing the financing needs of companies during their incubation or acceleration phase. The seed funding is between 2 million FCFA (€3,000) and 40 millon FCFA (€60 000)

Technical Assistance

Strengthening the capacities of the companies and of the investment teams through or collective training and expert missions carried out by national and/or international experts

Supporting the ecosystem

Strengthening entrepreneurship business structures: these structures are essential to helping to combat the feeling of loneliness that young entrepreneurs may experience and to facilitate their preparation for fundraising and/or investment.

Target companies

The I&P Acceleration in Sahel program targets start-ups and small businesses meeting the following criteria:

Managed by men and women of African nationality or permanently settled in Africa, dedicated full-time to their business and wishing to collaborate with a group of investors.

Operating in the formal economy (legal structure recognized and registered in one of the 13 countries of intervention) or in the process of formalization.

Committed to maximizing their impacts (social and/or environmental) through their business activities and/or improving their practices.

Particular attention is paid to projects led by vulnerable populations (young people, women, populations in disaster-stricken and/or landlocked regions), and/or companies operating in the education and professional insertion sectors.

 

For more information on the I&P Acceleration in Sahel program, we invite you to download the brochure of the program.

To submit your application, you can visit the dedicated page on I&P's website or visit the website of I&P's African partner funds.

 

Implementing partners

The program is coordinated by I&P Entrepreneurs et Développement, a non-profit organization  launched and managed by I&P, which aims to encourage and support entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.

I&P Acceleration in Sahel is deployed locally by I&P teams specialized in financing, coaching, education and training as well as by 4 four I&P-sponsored management companies, partners, and capital investment funds dedicated to high-potential, local, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs): Sinergi in Niger, Sinergi Burkina in Burkina Faso, Teranga Capital in Senegal, and Comoé Capital in Côte d’Ivoire.

 

Comoé Capital
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Launch 2018

Sinergi Burkina
Country Burkina Faso
Launch 2014

Sinergi Niger
Country Niger
Launch 2006

Teranga Capital
Country Senegal
Launch 2016

The team

Christian AMOUO

Seed Manager Cameroun

Christian AMOUO

Seed Manager Cameroun

Christian AMOUO is a Seed Manager in Cameroon.

David Munnich

Executive Director I&P Acceleration and Development

David Munnich

Executive Director I&P Acceleration and Development

David joined I&P in 2009. He is the Executive Director of I&P Acceleration and I&P Development.

Djibo Ibrahima

Managing Director of Sinergi Niger

Djibo Ibrahima

Managing Director of Sinergi Niger

Djibo manages Sinergi Niger since 2006, an impact fund supporting Nigerian SMEs.

Fadyl Cissé

Seed Project Officer

Fadyl Cissé

Seed Project Officer

Fadyl CISSE is the project manager of the I&P Acceleration program in the Sahel at Teranga Capital.

Fatou Diop

Seed Manager of Teranga Capital

Fatou Diop

Seed Manager of Teranga Capital

Investment Officer at Teranga Capital

Hugues Vincent-Genod

Investment Director, IPDEV2 & Seed Funding

Hugues Vincent-Genod

Investment Director, IPDEV2 & Seed Funding

Hugues joined I&P in 2011. He holds the position of Investment Director for the IPDEV2 program and I&P seed funding activities.

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Issa Sidibé

Managing Director of Comoé Capital

Issa Sidibé

Managing Director of Comoé Capital

Issa Sidibé joins the team in 2017 as CEO of Comoé Capital, an impact fund based in Côte d’Ivoire and sponsored by I&P

Jessica Miessi

Seed Project Officer

Jessica Miessi

Seed Project Officer

Jessica joined the Comoé Capital team as an analyst in 2019. Jessica is working on the seed financing of the I&P Acceleration program in Sahel.

Mahamane Maharazou Sani Ango

Seed Manager Sinergi

Mahamane Maharazou Sani Ango

Seed Manager Sinergi

Maharazou joined the SINERGI NIGER team in 2020 as seed manager for the I&P Acceleration in the Sahel program in Niger. 

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Marianne Vidal-Marin

I&P Conseil Director

Marianne Vidal-Marin

I&P Conseil Director

Marianne Vidal-Marin joins I&P Conseil in 2020 as Director of I&P Conseil.

Morgane Awu

I&P Acceleration in Sahel Communication Officer

Morgane Awu

I&P Acceleration in Sahel Communication Officer

Morgane Awu works as I&P Acceleration in Sahel Communication Officer.

Néné Diallo

Seed Manager of the I&P Education and Employment Program

Néné Diallo

Seed Manager of the I&P Education and Employment Program

Néné joined the team in January 2020 as IPAS Seed Manager of the I&P Education and Employment Program

Olivier Bokoga

Expert-Trainer I&P Conseil

Olivier Bokoga

Expert-Trainer I&P Conseil

Olivier Bokoga joined I&P Conseil in Abidjan in 2021 as an expert trainer.

Olivier Furdelle

Managing Director of Teranga Capital

Olivier Furdelle

Managing Director of Teranga Capital

Olivier Furdelle is the co-founder and Managing Director of Teranga Capital, an impact fund dedicated to small enterprises in Senegal.

Sandrine Pfister

Impact Studies Manager for the I&P Acceleration in the Sahel Program

Sandrine Pfister

Impact Studies Manager for the I&P Acceleration in the Sahel Program

Sandrine Pfister joins the I&P family in 2020 as Impact Studies Manager for the I&P Acceleration in the Sahel Program.

Sophie Ménager

Director of I&P Acceleration in Sahel and Coordinator of I&P Entrepreneurs and Development

Sophie Ménager

Director of I&P Acceleration in Sahel and Coordinator of I&P Entrepreneurs and Development

Sophie joined I&P in 2014 and is now head of I&P Entrepreneurs et Développement, the association that carries I&P's acceleration projects.

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Timothée OUOBA

Initiation Manager of the I&P Acceleration in the Sahel Program in Burkina Faso

Timothée OUOBA

Initiation Manager of the I&P Acceleration in the Sahel Program in Burkina Faso

Timothée OUOBA joined the team in 2020 as the Initiation Manager of the I&P Acceleration in Sahel Program in Burkina Faso.

Vivian Tchatchueng

Investment Manager

Vivian Tchatchueng

Investment Manager

Based in Douala, Vivian is in charge of I&P's portfolio in Cameroon and Central Africa.

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