Farmerline supported in 2013, currently reaches 100.000 farmers in Ghana

Farmerline supported in 2013, currently reaches 100.000 farmers in Ghana

AFRICA FUNDED

We source, screen and Develop next generation of entrepreneurs with disruptive business models, leapfrogging development in africa.

Africa Funded drastically improved the number and - more important - the quality of the pipeline of promising innovators to our fund. It is not easy to guide promising pioneers through the process from having a smart idea to a full scale proposal. Saskia and her team managed however. With a continuous effort and endless energy they provided hands-on support and networking opportunities, boosting the skills of the participants.

The intensive coaching from local and international professionals was tailor made to our needs as a program. We look forward to the second edition of the VIA Water Innovation Challenge providing opportunity to develop yet another group of African change makers in developing fundable and scalable solutions to existing water issues.
— Titia Wouter-Slis - Program Director VIA Water UNESCO-IHE

Funds

Growing business in developing countries takes more than funding. Active Technical Assistance and Business coaching, next to Funding is mission critical to accelerate scaling up sustainable business. Based on our 6 years experience in supporting entrepreneurs in growing business in Africa we developed efficient To drive wealth generation and job-creation for Africa combining impact andsound financial returns for our investors. Funds we work for:

Aqua for All focuses on increasing access to water and sanitation for the poor. € 20 mln AUM. We manage the accelerator program for pioneers and established firms. Deal sourcing & Screening. Portfolio management and development. Represent A4A in board meetings. Advice A4A to use funding as catalytic first loss to attract more funders in this sector. Developed strategic partnership with leading funders in water kiosk business model. Manage multiclient research (Dalberg) to bring water kiosk sector to next level.

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UNESCO-IHE VIA Water program (€ 10 mln AUM) focusses on improving urban water issues. We doubled the pipeline of the fund in the first year in just 6 weeks by organizing an accelerator and tapping into our networks (summer 2015). We currently support graduates of the first cohort in piloting their models. We just launched a second cohort (December 2016)

SNV leads the Smart Water for Agriculture Program in Kenya. A € 6 mln, 4 year program aiming at increased water productivity in agriculture and increased income and food security through the development of a dynamic and sustainable ‘Smart Water Solutions’ (SWS) sector in Kenya, adequately serving small and medium-sized entrepreneurial (SME) farmers. The target is to increase water productivity by 20% for 20,000 SME farmers (at least 50% women), for them to have secured water access for production and become more resilient to climate change. We support in deal sourcing, selection and will run 2 accelerators (pioneers + scale up proven technologies) in 2017 and 2018