EDITO• Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires|FOCUS• Closing du fonds IPAE 2| WHAT'S NEW AT I&P | PORTRAIT• Fréderic Wybo, Ultramaille| NEWS OF THE PORTFOLIO | ANALYSIS | PRESS | AGENDA
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Jean-Michel Severino CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires
The entire I&P team is joining me in wishing you all the best for 2020!
On our side, this year will be filled with exciting projects, managed by a growing and increasingly African team dedicated to entrepreneurs, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Our model has evolved to better support African entrepreneurs. Its is now based on three complementary activities, that are segmented according to the maturity of the companies and the size of the financing requirements: I&P Acceleration, I&P Développement, and I&P Expansion (click here to read more!)
If we have developed these different activities, it is to better meet the needs of small and medium-sized African companies - which has been the heart of our mission since the creation of I&P in 2002. This year will also be an opportunity to honour the entrepreneurs supported by I&P, with a wonderful editorial project that will be published by Eyrolles in March 2020 under the title Bâtisseurs d'Afrique... Written by Nathalie Madeline, the book relates the stories of a dozen African entrepreneurs. We hope that it will allow readers to perceive the incredible energy and optimism of these entrepreneurs, as we witness it every day working with them!
The fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 2 (IPAE 2)
reaches its final size at $102 million (€92 million)
The fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 2 (IPAE2) has recently reached its final size - €92 million ($102 million) – with a third and final roundtable including prestigious investors: the African Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency and the fund France 2i, entrusted by the Fondation de France and managed by RAISE Impact.
IPAE 2 is pursuing an active investment rythm and welcomes two new African companies to its portfolio: New Crystal, a Ghanaian company that provides affordable and reliable health care services to the urban poor; and Rensource, a Nigerian that develops critial infrastructure that powers the productivity of small and medium sized enterprises.
Shino Grivel joined I&P’s finance department as Finance Manager to look after I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 1 and 2 portfolios. Read more
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Founder and Director of Ultramaille (Madagascar)
Based in Madagascar for nearly 30 years, Frédéric Wybo is the founder and current CEO of Ultramaille, a Malagasy company specialized in mid- and high-end fashion knit wear. Ultramaille partnered with the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs 1 in 2016.
Discover this short interview to find out more on its career path, its partnership with I&P, and its vision of entrepreneurship!
The Senegalese company SENAR Les Délices de Lysa, inaugurated its new production unit, in the presence of the Minister of Trade and SMEs, Mrs Assome Diatta. Read more
HaiRun Technology's CEO, Ranto Andriambololona, was named "Best Entrepreneur of the Malagasy Diaspora in France". Read more
VATEL Madagascar, a higher education school of Tourism and Hotel Management, launched a new Master's degree in Ecotourism. Read more
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Entreprenante Afrique: a look at the last articles
► In the article "Digital technology to increase school success rates in Africa", the Ivoirian entrepreneur Christelle Hien-Kouamé reflects on the launch and evolution of her projet prenezlesfeuilles.com. Or how a young entrepreneur passionate about education, the promotion of entrepreneurship and gender equality enters - without knowing it - the ed-tech sector...
► The article "How businesses bounce back after conflicts: lessons from Côte d'Ivoire", signed by Ibrahima Dosso and Florian Léon, reflects on the electoral crisis of 2010/2011 in Côte d'Ivoire and its consequences on local businesses. This study involved monitoring the activity of all formal businesses in the country (both local and foreign) over a long period (from two year before the crisis to three years afterward).
► Nearly 90% jobs are informal in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the International Labor Organization. It is by far the highest proportion in the world. Bruno Caire works with I&P portfolio companies for over 10 years. In this article "How to address informality in African enterprises?" He presents in this article the methodology developed for investing in the informal sector and supporting companies in their formalization.
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► Salt Lake City, February 5-7: E.Debled will participate to the Winter Innovation Summit organized by the Sorenson Foundation.