Yellow

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Angela NGO NDOUGA
Country: Cameroon
A propos:

Yellow is the first independent solution for mobilizing their trade receivables in Cameroon.

This young company responds to the difficulties encountered by SMEs in mobilizing short-term resources due to long payment delays.

Yellow relies on transparency, speed in setting up funds, and flexibility to provide SMEs with a response adapted to their needs. To meet this challenge, Yellow has a team of young, solution-oriented, positive, and committed professionals who develop a cooperative model.

The company hopes to relieve many SMEs, have a stong impact on the economy's financing, and become the reference player in alternative finance for SMEs by mobilizing their trade receivables. 
 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Yellow was founded by Angela NGO NDOUGA, who has 13 years of experience in specialized financing and business management. After starting her professional career in 2011 in France as an account manager in the International Department of Compagnie Générale d'Affacturage (CGA), a subsidiary of the Société Générale Group, she worked for COFACE West Africa service in Douala. She also actively participated in the deployment of factoring projects in Gabon (BGFI), Senegal, and Côte d'Ivoire (Société Générale).

This young entrepreneur co-founded the company Lusis and Co, where she developed the factoring department for five years. She led the negotiation and implementation process of a 2 million euro credit line by the African Import-Export Bank (AFREXIMBANK), thanks to which she assisted 102 Cameroonian SMEs in the mobilization of 8 million euros of trade receivables. After this experience she decided to launch Yellow, which she now manages full time.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

Yellow is supported by I&P through the I&P Acceleration in Sahel program, financed by the European Union. The partnership aims to support the company in the platform's development for the digitalization of services, the fitting out of premises, and computer equipment and human resources acquisition.

 

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In portfolio since: 2022

La Fontaine bleue

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Ehui Alain Serge Protay
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

 La Fontaine bleue is an Ivorian company specialized in the production and distribution of purified water in large formats. Known under the name Océane, the company offers ultra pure water in reusable 18.9 liter carboys, but also the sale and maintenance of water fountains.

THE ENTREPRENEUR

La Fontaine bleue was created in 2017 by M. Ehui Alain Serge Protay, graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC) with a degree in business management and a diploma in business engineering.  After his studies, Mr. Ehui joins in 2007 the Comium group as Sales Manager for companies for 3 years and then Key Account Manager until 2013. In 2014, he was recruited by a local company in the same industry as La Fontaine Bleue as Corporate Sales Manager for 2 years. From 2016 to 2017, he joined the pharmaceutical industrial group Propharmed International, where he worked as Sales Manager. With 11 years of experience in B2B sales and strong interpersonal skills, Mr. Ehui was able to gain the trust of several large organizations such as the African Bank of Development, Orange Ci, Lafarge Holcim, etc.

PARTNERSHIP WITH COMOÉ CAPITAL

La Fontaine bleue is supported by the I&P Acceleration in Sahel program, set up by Comoé Capital in Côte d'Ivoire, which will enable to increase its fleet of delivery vehicles. La Fontaine bleue will also benefit from the support of several consultants who will reinforce the Océane brand and revitalize the company's accounting and finance.

 

About Comoé Capital

Comoé Capital is the first impact investment fund dedicated to the financing and support of Ivorian SMEs and start-ups. Headed by Issa Sidibé, Comoé Capital is the fifth African fund sponsored by Investisseurs & Partenaires as part of the I&P Développement 2 fund. The fund network currently includes a fund in Niger (Sinergi Niger), Burkina Faso (Sinergi Burkina), Senegal (Teranga Capital) and Madagascar (Miarakap). → Site of Comoé Capital.

 

In portfolio since: 2021

Senexel

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Boubacar Senou
Country: Burkina Faso
A propos:

Senexel is a laboratory specialized in physico-chemical and microbiological testing in Burkina Faso, offering analysis of mining waste and heavy metals in fertilizers and quality control of water in agrifood products.

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Senexel was created by Boubacar Senou, a chemical engineer by training. Mr. Senou holds a master's degree in food technology and a post-graduate diploma (DESS) in metallurgical engineering. He has more than 15 years of experience as a chemist in companies such as SGS Canada, 5N plus Inc, Norgold, etc. He is a member of prestigious institutions such as the Quebec Order of Chemists, the American Chemical Society and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Petroleum.

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P AND SINERGI BURKINA

Senexel is supported by I&P and Sinergi Burkina through I&P Acceleration in Sahel. The support will allow the company to : 

  • Strengthen the production capacity  
  • Diversify the analysis offers
  • Contribute to the reduction of the delivery time of the results
  • Support the company in obtaining ISO 17025 certification
  • Strengthen the accounting and management information system (MIS)

About Sinergi Burkina

Created in 2014, Sinergi Burkina is the first impact investment fund dedicated to financing and supporting SMEs and start-ups in Burkina Faso. Headed by Job Zongo, Sinergi Burkina is the second investment fund sponsored by Investisseurs & Partenaires as part of the I&P Développement 2 fund. The fund network currently includes a fund in Niger (Sinergi Niger), Côte d'Ivoire (Comoé Capital), Senegal (Teranga Capital) and Madagascar (Miarakap).  → To learn more about Sinergi Burkina​

 

In portfolio since: 2021

NJ Prestations

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Rodrigue NIKIEMA
Country: Burkina Faso
A propos:

NJ Prestations is a company specialized in metal, aluminum and stainless steel constructions in Burkina Faso. It mainly produces doors, windows, bay windows and water towers, tanks, tables-benches, and cabinets for schools, institutions and companies.  

THE ENTREPRENEUR

NJ Prestations was created by Mr. Rodrigue NIKIEMA. Holder of a Brevet de Premier Cycle (BEPC) and a Certificat de Qualification Professionnel (CQP) in welding and metallic works, he followed training sessions in metallic construction, aluminium and stainless steel in Ghana and Nigeria, which allowed him to position his company as one of the welding companies mastering at the same time the three raw materials that are aluminium, iron and stainless steel.

SINERGI BURKINA'S CONTRIBUTION

NJ Prestations is supported by Sinergi Burkina through I&P Acceleration in Sahel.

The support the company will receive will allow to : 

  • Strengthen its production capacity 
  • Strengthen its competitiveness and market positioning 
  • Strengthen its structuring and management system

About Sinergi Burkina

Created in 2014, Sinergi Burkina is the first impact investment fund dedicated to financing and supporting SMEs and start-ups in Burkina Faso. Headed by Job Zongo, Sinergi Burkina is the second investment fund sponsored by Investisseurs & Partenaires as part of the I&P Développement 2 fund. The fund network currently includes a fund in Niger (Sinergi Niger), Côte d'Ivoire (Comoé Capital), Senegal (Teranga Capital) and Madagascar (Miarakap).  → To learn more about Sinergi Burkina​

 

In portfolio since: 2021

Ecofood

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Stéphane NKONTCHOU
Country: Cameroon
A propos:

Ecofood is a Cameroonian company that operates in mass catering and started its activities with school catering and life base services. Today, it feeds more than 1500 students a day in the most prestigious primary and secondary schools in Yaoundé.

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Stéphane NKONTCHOU is the founder of Ecofood. He grew up in Cameroon and then continued his studies in France, with two master's degrees in Mechanics from the Pierre et Marie Curie University and Arts et Métiers. After ten years of experience in industrial project management, he decided to come back to Cameroon to take care of a family business of which he became the General Manager. After this experience, he decided to found Ecofood.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FUNDING

Ecofood is supported by I&P through I&P Acceleration in Sahel, funded by the European Union.

The objectives of the funding are : 

  • to acquire 3 vehicles for the distribution of meals in schools
  • the fitting out of the new premises
  • the implementation of an information system
  • the preparation and execution of the marketing and communication strategy
In portfolio since: 2021

Fisco

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Joël Sikam
Country: Cameroon
A propos:

Fisco is a Cameroonian company that markets household products (detergents, bleach, etc.) and para-pharmaceutical products (hydro-alcoholic gels, alcohol, etc.). The company has an artisanal production unit in Bonabéri, in Douala and has activities that now extend to 3 regions of the country (Littoral, Centre, North).

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Fisco was created by Joel Sikam, a Cameroonian with a degree in finance (Bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas). After starting his career in the United States in equity and wealth management with family offices, he returned and founded his own company. Joël Sikam is also very active in the GICAM which is the employers' association of Cameroon.

PURPOSE OF THE FUNDING

Fisco is supported by I&P through I&P Acceleration in Sahel. The funding granted will upgrade in safety and quality  by financing the facilities and the acquisition of the necessary equipment. The program will also allow the company to finance the acquisition of a new vehicle for distribution and to support the company in the execution of its communication strategy. 

In portfolio since: 2021

Sapta

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Mohamed Ahmed Abdourahamane
Country: Niger
A propos:

Sapta is a company producing and selling cleaning products in Niger. After a set-up phase, the company began production of multi-purpose powdered detergents under the Sapta brand. Today, it is the only company in Niger that produces this type of product locally. The company is also interested in the solid soap market for which it offers mainly 120g and 180g soaps under the brand name Haske. These soaps are multi-purpose and can be used for washing, cleaning and toiletry.

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Sapta was founded in 2015 by Mohamed Ahmed Abdourahamane, who after his Higher Technician's Certificate (BTS) in marketing, obtained in 2007, started in the agribusiness as an importer of rice and oil between Niger, Benin and Nigeria. Following the crisis of the Naira in 2009 and the drop in the price of oil in 2014 that shook Nigeria, the commercial activities of the promoter in the direction of Nigeria were strongly affected. It is on this occasion that he identified the sanitary products sector as a good investment opportunity in Niger where he is originally from.

SINERGI'S CONTRIBUTION

Sapta is supported by Sinergi and I&P through I&P Acceleration in Sahel. The main objective of this project, which will be deployed over a period of 24 months, is to supply raw materials from Côte d'Ivoire in order to prepare Sapta for the consolidation of production and to mitigate any future risk of stock outs.

About Sinergi Niger

SINERGI S.A. is a private investment company created in 2006 and supported by I&P with a group of key individual and institutional shareholders in the Nigerien and international SME support landscape. Headed by Ibrahima Djibo, its objective is to contribute to the economic and social development of Niger through the promotion of entrepreneurship and the development of SMEs. SINERGI S.A. provides the means for entrepreneurs in Niger to achieve their growth projects by providing long-term financing and local support.  → Find out more about Sinergi​

In portfolio since: 2021

Medivas

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: M. Herbert Kouamé Bi
Country: Ivory Coast
A propos:

Medivas is a company specialized in medical evacuations (air and road), on-site medical assistance, emergency medical coverage during events and medical training in Côte d'Ivoire. It is the first company in this sector that is managed by Ivorians.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Medivas (Medical Vehicle Aircraft Assistance Services) was created in 2014 by Mr. Herbert Kouamé Bi, a dynamic promoter, who has more than 20 years of experience in emergency medical assistance.Holder of an MBA in Management and Marketing and a National First Aid Certificate - National First Aid Training from the Red Cross Ivory Coast, Mr. Herbert Kouamé Bi has accumulated his professional experiences mainly as Manager and Coordinator of operations of international and local companies in the same sector, before creating the company.

 

PURPOSE OF THE FUNDING

Medivas benefits from I&P Acceleration in Sahel program, which is implemented in Côte d'Ivoire by Comoé Capital sponsored by I&P. The support will allow the company to acquire a new ambulance for medical evacuations by land. Medivas will also benefit from the support of several consultants who will improve the governance of the company, revitalize the accounting and finance function and put in place a complete procedure manual for the management of operational risks including the aspects of patient safety, ambulance drivers and risk prevention.

 

About Comoé Capital

Comoé Capital is the first impact investment fund dedicated to the financing and support of Ivorian SMEs and start-ups. Headed by Issa Sidibé, Comoé Capital is the fifth African fund sponsored by Investisseurs & Partenaires as part of the I&P Développement 2 fund. The fund network currently includes a fund in Niger (Sinergi Niger), Burkina Faso (Sinergi Burkina), Senegal (Teranga Capital) and Madagascar (Miarakap). Site of Comoé Capital →

Hygiène Solution Niger

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Rabi MAHAOUYA ARGIS
Country: Niger
A propos:

 

Hygiène Solution Niger is a company providing cleaning services for households and companies in Niger.

L'ENTREPRENEUR

The company is managed by Mrs. Rabi MAHAOUYA ARGIS. Holder of a degree in Human Resources and a training in customs transit, she accumulated professional experiences mainly as a commercial agent, then in logistics, before turning to human resources management. Over time, she has trained herself in public hygiene and masters the various stages of product preparation before processing.

SINERGI'S CONTRIBUTION

Hygiène Solution Niger is supported by Sinergi Niger through I&P Acceleration in Sahel program. The funding granted is intended to contribute to the improvement of the quality of services provided by Hygiène Solution Niger (acquisition of tools and modern equipment, gradual integration of organic products, evacuation of waste to landfill).

About Sinergi

SINERGI S.A. is a private investment company created in 2006 and supported by I&P with a group of key individual and institutional shareholders in the Nigerien and international SME support landscape. Headed by Ibrahima Djibo, its objective is to contribute to the economic and social development of Niger through the promotion of entrepreneurship and the development of SMEs. SINERGI S.A. provides the means for entrepreneurs in Niger to achieve their growth projects by providing long-term financing and local support.  → Find out more about Sinergi​

In portfolio since: 2021

Nowelli

Sector of activity: Service
Status: Financement d'amorçage
Entrepreneur: Mariama Diene, Mariama Selly Kane
Country: Senegal
A propos:

Nowelli is a small Senegalese company that specializes in individual and collective catering (catering service and canteen management). Through its various offers, Nowelli provides its customers with healthy and balanced products, with a particular focus on reducing the amount of sugar, salt and fat.

THE ENTREPRENEURS

The company Nowelli was created by two promoters who are : 

  • Mrs. Mariama DIENE, passionate about healthy nutrition, she has a degree in International Business from the European Institute of Higher Education and in public policy and development management from Sciences Po. She held several positions in NGOs and financial institutions before devoting herself to her passion, cooking.
  • Mrs. Mariama Selly Kane, who has more than 10 years of experience in individual catering and management of company canteens.

 

CONTRIBUTIONS OF TERANGA CAPITAL

Nowelli has benefited from I&P Acceleration in  Sahel program implemented in Senegal by Teranga Capital:

  • To support the company in the development of a new offer for the management of school and company canteens (collective catering)
  • To support the company in the strategic reflexion around its positioning and the commercial development of its activities
  • To support the company in the reinforcement of its commercial, financial and accounting functions and the maintenance of the quality of its products and services.

 

ABOUT TERANGA CAPITAL

Teranga Capital is the first impact investment fund dedicated to the financing and support of Senegalese SMEs and start-ups. Headed by Olivier Furdelle, Teranga Capital is the third African fund sponsored by Investisseurs & Partenaires under the I&P Développement 2 program. The network currently includes a fund in Niger (Sinergi Niger), Burkina Faso (Sinergi Burkina), Ivory Coast (Comoé Capital) and Madagascar (Miarakap). → Find out more about Teranga Capital

 

In portfolio since: 2021

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