The fund IPAE 1 completes two exits with strategic partners


The fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 1 (IPAE 1), launched by Investisseurs & Partenaires in 2012, exits from two companies of its portfolio: the group CONERGIES, based in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, and the Senegalese company Delta Irrigation. Both are made with strategic partners who can bring these companies to a new stage of development while respecting the vision and values of I&P and the entrepreneurs.


A successful crowdfunding campaign for Eden Tree


Eden Tree recently completed a crowdfunding round of €30,000 in 4 days to install a solar plant for its factory in Accra, Ghana.

This crowdfunding platform was provided by Ecoligo Investments, a crowdinvesting platform for renewable energy projects initiated by ecoligo GmbH with a focus on developing and emerging countries.


PEG Africa wins top industry award in Ghana


PEG Africa is a young company which aims to bring off-grid solar energy access to rural and peri-urban communities in West Africa by providing pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar home systems to rural and remote customers. The company joined I&P’s portfolio in 2015.

PEG Africa has been honored as a leading company in Ghana during the prestigious annual 2018 SME GhanaAwards, as reported by MyJoyOnline.


NEST achieves ISO 9001:2015 quality certification


On October 10, NEST get ISO 9001:2015 certified. This certification aknowledges the quality of NEST's services: "Patient Reception and Orientation, Consultations, Hospitalizations and Follow-up".


Neurotech gets ISO certified for its management system



Neurotech, an information and technology provider delivering solutions for Senegalese enterprises, get the ISO 9001:2015 certification, relative to quality management.


The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best known standards.


Pêcheries du Sud

Sector of activity: Agro-Industry
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Olivier Méraud, Benoît Lenoir, Jaco Chan Kit Waye
Employees: 960
Country: Madagascar
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The group Pêcheries du Sud gathers key actors of the seafood sector in Madagascar. Its activities are mainly based in Madagascar, but the Group is also a partner and reference shareholder of Groupe Réunimer, based in La Réunion.

Pêcheries du Sud is present in the main links of the seafood value chain through its various subsidiaries, from production (fishing, aquaculture) to processing and packaging in factories and marketing on local and international markets.

The group notably includes:

Indian Ocean Trepang (IOT), a company specialized in the breeding and export of sea cucumbers that I&P has been supporting since 2012. IOT associates isolated fishing villages with its activity, generating additional income and thus fighting against overfishing and the extinction of marine fauna.

COPEFRITO: Established in Tuléar since 1995, the COmpagnie de PEche FRIgorifique de TUléar, or COPEFRITO, is a Malagasy limited company specialising in the collection and processing of cephalopods (octopus, squid) and other products such as lobster, crabs and certain fish.

SPSM: The Société de Pêche de Sainte-Marie (SPSM) was created in 1999 around a triple activity: fishing, collection and processing

Madagascar Alive Seafood (MAS) was formally created in October 2015 and specializes in mangrove crab aquaculture





Olivier Méraud has worked with Copefrito since 2004, where he has held several operational positions. He is a Merchant Navy Captain by training and has worked in the fishing and seafood trade for 12 years. In parallel to his duties at Copefrito, he co-founded Madagascar Seafood (MSF) in 2005 and is now one of its main shareholders and Chairman.

Jaco Chan Kit Waye is the current Managing Director of IOT, and and experienced entrepreneur. After having created and directed Copefrito, he founded in 2008 the company Madagascar Holothurie, now IOT, in association with a local partner and a team of university researchers. His environmental and social commitment led him to work as early as 2003 for the first natural resource management site with a fishing community and several NGOs to develop a protected marine area while improving the living conditions of fishermen. In 2006, Jaco was named "Malagasy SME Manager of the Year" (prize awarded by the BNI Madagascar of the Crédit Agricole group).



Partnership with I&P

I&P is committed alongside Pêcheries du Sud to:

• Support the launch of a new seafood processing plant in Diego

• Expand the group's activities in other regions of Madagascar, particularly in the north of the island

• Supporting the group at managerial and financial levels



• The group strongly contributes to the development of the seafood sector in Madagascar

• Implementation of a rational management of marine resources

• Involvement in several rural development projects in Madagascar, in partnership with NGOs directly linked to the group's aquaculture activities.

• Implementation of a CSR policy at group level



In portfolio since: 2016

Enko Education launches two new schools in Mali and Burkina Faso


African International Schools group Enko Education has announced the launch of two new schools, which will open at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2018: Enko Bamako International School in Bamako, Mali and Enko Ouaga International School in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. These new schools embody the vision of Enko Education to increase access to a high-quality international education for students on the African continent.


Article of Pharmivoire Nouvelle (Côte d’Ivoire) : Local production of medicine and accessibility challenges


The latest edition of the quarterly magazine « Private Sector and Development » focuses on the issue of African medicine. As recalled by Philippe Abecassis and Nathalie Coutinet in the introduction, access to proper medicine is a major challenge for African countries. The African Continent only accounts for 3% of global output while 95% of the medicines consumed in Africa are imported. In some African countries, counterfeit products represent half of all drugs on the market.


EVPA success stories: NEST in Senegal


The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) launched a new website featuring a set of innovative projects supported by foundations and impact funds. The Senegalese company NEST counts among the ‘’success stories’’ selected by EVPA.

The stories showcase how these companies respond to social and environmental challenges and how those supporting them (foundations and impact funds) have supported these projects in achieving and scaling their social impact.