Wednesday 23 July 2014

DEMO Announce Finalists for Lagos Event

DEMO Africa, one of the larger pitch competitions and now in its third year, have announced the 40 finalists for the upcoming event in Lagos from 22 to 26 September. These 40 were selected from what VC4Africa described as ‘more than 400 serious...

OPIC and MIGA Team up on USD350m Political Risk Insurance for Agribusiness Fund

The US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) will co-operate on a USD350m political risk facility for agribusiness investments in sub Saharan Africa. The facility will offer...

Guest Post: What Does Pivot East’s Selection Tell Us About Africa’s Entrepreneurs?

Outsourcing is a useful thing, and Russell Southwood, the brain behind Balancing Act Africa and SmartMonkey TV, is rapidly becoming our favourite man to keep prodding the start-up scene with a (figurative) stick. Read on for his thoughts on the selection...

Guest Post: Imposing a Model?

‘We now have a robust governance model, evolved from our experiences in other emerging markets, that I’m totally confident will protect and enhance our investments in African PE funds’ – so (mildly paraphrased) speaks a US institutional investor...

Jacana: SME Private Equity Casualty

Nearly a year and a half after the launch in late 2012, Jacana have halted the fundraising for their planned USD75m SME PE fund.  Bart Meijers from InReturn – who had announced a planned merger with Jacana in early 2013 – stated in an email: ‘...

Support from Actis, Competition from India for African Tech Start Ups

Not an Africa investment, but one with possibly significant impact on Africa’s tech ecosystem: Emerging markets investor Actis have announced an investment in Upstream, an emerging markets mobile monetisation company. Upstream’s clients include major...

Africa Investment Outlook: Discussing PE, Energy, Infrastructure

On 27 March, we participated in the Africa Investment Outlook with Cross-border Information’s CbI Meetings, which was hosted by global law firm King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin in lovely London offices at the Thames. Andrea presented our annual Private...

Have a Look at a Map of Private Equity in Africa!

Last month, we teamed up with Cross-Border Information for their Africa Investment Outlook (AIO). Their graphic designer created a lovely map of African private equity for the event. Download the map here.

2013 Private Equity Confidence Survey: Seeking Clarity and Opportunities

As in the previous years, the survey has three parts: A review of the 2013 data, based on Africa Assets’ database Text boxes looking into some industry trends and developments, and The actual confidence survey, managed by the Deloitte Nairobi office...

Guest Post: Start-up Attention Shifting from Kenya to Nigeria?

  By Russell Southwood from Balancing Act Africa and Smart Monkey TV   Suddenly Lagos is the focus of start-up attention in Africa with the arrival of Angel Fair West Africa and the soon-to-be-launched 88Mph accelerator unit in Lagos. Last...

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