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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.

Overview

Deployed over 4 years, I&P Acceleration in Sahel targets small Sahelian companies. The program gives them access to funding and abilities detrimental to their development and encourages decent job creation in the Sahel.​

The program targets 13 countries in the sub-region: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, and Senegal) and seven bordering countries (Benin, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Chad, and Togo).

 

Calendar          2019-2023
Size                   €15,5 million
Geography         13 West-African countries
Sector               Generalist
Sponsor              European Union
Portfolio              50 companies

The program in details

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 in West Africa.

 

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 million FCFA (€60 000)

Technical Assistance

Strengthen the capacities of financed companies and investment teams through training and expertise missions (business plan preparation, administrative and financial management, coaching...)

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.

Program portfolio companies

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 I&P's 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

Aboubacar Sanou

Seed Project Officer

Aboubacar Sanou

Seed Project Officer

Aboubacar works as Seed Project Officer for the program I&P Acceleration in Sahel

Alida Ouedraogo

Seed Funding Officer

Alida Ouedraogo

Seed Funding Officer

Alida Ouedraogo is a Seed Project Officer for Sinergi Burkina.

Christian AMOUO

Seed Manager

Christian AMOUO

Seed Manager

Christian AMOUO is a Seed Manager in Cameroon.

Christie Babei

Seed Funding Officer

Christie Babei

Seed Funding Officer

Christie is the Project Manager of I&P Acceleration in Sahel program. She is based 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

Investment Officer

Fadyl Cissé

Investment Officer

Fadyl CISSE is Investment Officer of, working for the I&P Acceleration program in the Sahel at Teranga Capital.

Fatou Diop

Investment Manager - Teranga Capital

Fatou Diop

Investment Manager - Teranga Capital

Investment Manager at Teranga Capital

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

Issaka Amadou Boukari

Seed Funding Officer

Issaka Amadou Boukari

Seed Funding Officer

Based in Niamey, Issaka Amadou Boukari joined the SINERGI team in 2022 as a Seed Funding Manager.

Jessica Miessi

Project Manager - I&P Acceleration in the Sahel

Jessica Miessi

Project Manager - I&P Acceleration in the Sahel

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

Koloina Andrianony

Portfolio Manager

Koloina Andrianony

Portfolio Manager

Koloina ANDRIANONY joins I&P in January 2021 as a Portfolio Manager. Based in Madagascar, she is in charge of portfolio monitoring for the IPAS and IPAT programs. 

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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.

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.

Reginald Kouengoua

Seed Funding Officer

Reginald Kouengoua

Seed Funding Officer

Réginald is the Project Manager of I&P Acceleration in Sahel program. He is based in Cameroon.

Riana Andrianiriana

Finance and Administration Manager of I&P Entrepreneurs and Development

Riana Andrianiriana

Finance and Administration Manager of I&P Entrepreneurs and Development

Riana has joined I&P in July 2021 as a Finance and Administration Manager of I&P Entrepreneurs and Development.

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

Seed Manager Sinergi Burkina

Timothée OUOBA

Seed Manager Sinergi Burkina

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

Uriel Kla

Seed Funding Officer

Uriel Kla

Seed Funding Officer

Uriel KLA is a project manager for Comoé Capital and joined the team in 2022.

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