approach INVESTORS TARGETING EARLY STAGE SMEs

Identifying sources of funding for your venture has never been easier. We have identified a list of impact crowdfunding platforms/investors/venture capital firms investing in early stage and mature SMEs on the continent. 

 

Crowdfunding

Babyloan: Philanthropic microcredit + crowd funding platform. http://www.babyloan.org/en

Blue Bees: Francophone crowd funding platform for ag start-ups. https://bluebees.fr/fr/ 

FADEV: Francophone crowd funding platform targeting African start-ups. http://fadev.fr/

Go Fund Me: #1 fundraising website. 

Indiegogo: Where entrepreneurial projects come to life. https://www.indiegogo.com/

Kickstarter: World's largest funding platform for creative projects. https://www.kickstarter.com/

 

Impact Investment

4G Capital: Provides instant access credit for small business growth in Africa. http://www.4G-Capital.com

Accion:  Providing microentrepreneurs the opportunity to access affordable financial services. http://www.accion.org/

Acumen: Invests in companies, leaders, and ideas changing the way the world tackles poverty. http://www.acumen.org

Cordes Foundation: Focuses on alleviating global poverty and empowering women by harnessing the power of capital markets. http://www.cordesfoundation.org/

DOEN: Offers financial support to entrepreneurs with sustainable, cultural, and socially-engaged initiatives. http://www.doen.nl

d.o.b.:  Provides business support that adds value and growth to portfolio companies. http://www.dobfoundation.com

Echoing Green:  Supports  next-generation talent in solving the world's biggest problems. http://echoinggreen.org

Globalislocal: Social investment fund pioneering finance for small and growing businesses in developing countries. http://www.globalislocal.org

Gray Ghost Ventures: Invests in innovative early-stage enterprises that contribute to the well-being of low-income communities. http://www.grayghostventures.com/

Growth Mosaic: Prepares businesses to access and manage growth capital. http://www.growthmosaic.com/

Kiva: Connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. http://www.kiva.org/

LGT Venture Philanthropy: Support organizations with positive social or environmental impact financing, know-how and access to networks. http://www.lgtvp.com

Low Carbon Enterprise Fund: Provides finance, technical, and management support for low carbon social enterprises in the developing world. http://www.ermfoundation-lcef.com

Media Development Investment Fund: Provides affordable loans, equity investments, loan guarantees, and technical assistance grants. http://www.mdif.org

ResponsAbility Investments AG: Focuses on development investments and offers professionally-managed investment solutions to private and institutional investors. http://www.responsability.com/

Root Capital: Social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerables places in Latin America and Africa. http://www.rootcapital.org/

TriLinc Global: An impact fund manager that uses capital markets to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges. http://www.trilincglobal.com

Trillium Asset Management: Socially responsible asset management firm. http://www.trilliuminvest.com

Triple Jump: Manages and and advises funds that aim to invest responsibly in developing countries. http://www.triplejump.eu/

USAID Development Innovation Ventures: Partners with a variety of organizations, including small businesses, to support and implement a wide range of development programs. https://www.usaid.gov

VentureWell: Enable powerful approaches to stimulating science and technology invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship on univertsity and college campuses. http://www.venturewell.org

Voxtra: Invests in companies linked to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. http://www.voxtra.org

 

Venture Capital

88pmh: Investing in web/mobile startups that target the African markets. http://www.88mph.ac/

Adlevo Capital: Focused on investments into technology-enabled companies across sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.adlevocapital.com/

Africa Media Venture Fund: Mobilizes capital and experience in the Netherlands to invest in entrepreneurs in the media sector and SMEs in the African media industry. http://www.amvf.nl/

CrossBoundary: Investment firms focused on frontier markets. http://www.crossboundary.com/

EchoVC: Seed and early stage technology-focused venture capital fund operating in sub-Saharan Africa, North America, and Southeast Asia.  http://www.echovc.com/

Investeq Capital: Engaged in the business of arranging trade and asset finance for SMEs in Africa. http://www.investeqcapital.com

Investisseurs & Partenaires: Impact investment firm focused on building and supporting SMEs in Africa. http://www.ietp.com/

Intel Capital: Invests in developers and providers of hardware, software, and services across numerous sectors. www.intelcapital.com

Investment AB Kinnevik: International telecommunications and media company that provides digital lifestyle services to customers in Latin America and Africa. www.kinnevik.se

I/O Ventures: Early stage seed fund that focuses heavily on mentorship. http://www.ventures.io/

Invenfin: Long term equity partners focused on businesses well beyond the seed or start-up stage. http://www.invenfin.co.za/

TLcom Capital LLP: Venture capital firm focused on telecom, media, and technology companies in Europe, Israel, and sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.tlcom.co.uk