Partners & Projects

Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P)

Geographic Focus:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Grant Amount:
$115,000

The Project

I&P, an impact investing group dedicated to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, will analyze its large pool of transactions, funds, and structures to help explain why and where catalytic capital has been needed, what forms it has typically taken, what firms have been involved, how it has been utilized, and what economic, social, and financial outcomes have been achieved. This research will analyze different forms of catalytic capital, such as equity at both the fund and SME level, as well as the landscape of investors from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. that have been involved in these efforts.

Value and Outcomes

I&P has invested in nearly 150 companies in 16 countries. They have a strong track record of successfully using catalytic capital to de-risk their products and transactions, crowd in new funders, and maximize impact. The project will surface best practices and provide recommendations to maximize the efficiency of catalytic capital when supporting African entrepreneurs.

The team believes the work will generate deep insights into the need for catalytic capital and investment products and structures that are best aligned with the needs of the enterprises themselves. They will undertake advocacy work around the findings and share them with the impact and entrepreneur community.

For more information on I&P, visit their website.

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