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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.


Deployed&nsp;over 4&nsp;years, the I&P Acceleration in Sahel program targets small Sahelian companies. The program gives them access to funding and habilities 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

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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

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