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Entrepreneurship and Access to finance in Africa: Expectations from investors and steps toward partnerships
David Munnich, I&P
This round-table will gather an entrepreneur, an equity investor and a debt-provider. The purpose of the discussion is to share the experience / process toward access to finance: what are the expectations/requirements of the investors ? How does the entrepreneur feel when the investor is considering an investment? What makes a good investment opportunity in the eye of an investor? The second phase of the discussion will focus on impact: what is the tageted impact? How to measure it? How does NEST monitor impact? Are there specific metrics? How can we reach scale and generate more impact? Are there limits to replicability? What does it take to create something like NEST?
Africa, entrepreneurship, Equity, finance, health, impact, investment
Khady Nakoulima is a 30 year-old (female) entrepreneur from Senegal, trained as an engineer in France, who started NEST in 2012, a network of mother-child clinics for lower-middle income families in Senegal. Khady is an outstanding entrepreneur who led this social business all the way from the idea to the implementation phase (namely through the GSVC final and other business plan competitions!), and now almost reaching breakeven. NEST has secured hundreds of baby deliveries in excellent health and safety conditions in Dakar. I&P invested in NEST at its start in 2012 and Khady confirmed that she is available to join us at SOCAP and to participate to the round-table. Fabrizio Cometto works at MCE Social Capital and he goes to West Africa very often. MCE Social Capital provides working capital for small businesses in agrobusiness or access to basic services. MCE Social capital is a USAID/PACE awardee (same cohort as I&P). MCE and Social Capital have co-invested together in 2 businesses in West Africa (solar off-grid networks and soybean processing). Fabrizio has confirmed that he will be happy to join us at SOCAP and participate in the round-table.
2 additionnal speakers could join (if necessary): someone from Small Foundation (Tim Brosnan or Sally Walkerman?), strongly engaged in promoting impact investing in Africa in a very entrepreneurial approach. We could ask Greg Neichin from Ceniarth (he is based in the bay area), a single-family office strongly committed to impact investing and access to basic services in Africa. I can ask him. Concerning the moderator, someone from ANDE would be a good option (Jenny/Genevieve?)
- June 14, 2017
Final day to submit an idea.
- June 15 - 29, 2017
Commenting and voting period. All sessions open for voting.
- June 30 - July 13, 2017
Judging panel and final selection by SOCAP17 Content Team.
- July 14, 2017
Winning sessions announced to session organizers.
A lucky person will receive 2 free tickets to SOCAP17 and other impact-themed prizes!ENTER TO WIN