On the occasion of celebrating fifteen years of investment, Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), the impact investing group dedicated to Small and Medium Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa, has announced the first closing of IPAE 2, a new impact fund combining performance and impact.
A well-balanced investor roundtable and a renewed trust in I&P
Building on the success of I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs (IPAE) launched in 2012 with a fund size of €54 million, Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) has launched a successor fund to target growing African SMEs with higher financing needs ranging from €300,000 to €3 million.
The first closing of IPAE2 at €50.3 million announced today is split equally between new and former investors, reflecting both a renewed trust in the work accomplished by the investment team and a robust endorsement of the impact investing sector.
The roundtable brings together a well-balanced composition of partners, including public investors (Proparco, International Finance Corporation, European Investment Bank, etc.), corporate and private investors (AXA IM, Société Générale, etc.), family offices and foundations.
30 to 40 investments in Africa targeted over the next 5 years
With a target size of €80 million, IPAE 2 will invest in equity and quasi-equity as a minority shareholder in 30 to 40 startups and businesses located in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean, and thus contribute to building a sustainable and productive private sector. IPAE 2 also aims to create an investment hub in East Africa, by opening a new office in Nairobi.
IPAE 2 will be a generalist fund that targets a large range of sectors that significantly contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): agri-business, health, construction industry, renewable energy, microfinance, industry, B2B products and services, etc.
Significant financial return and maximized social impact
IPAE 2 aims to deliver significant financial return and essential social and environmental impact, including notably: the promotion of a new generation of African entrepreneurs, the use of local subcontractors, job creation, the promotion of women’s entrepreneurship, the protection of the environment, etc.
With this new fund, I&P strengthens its impact investment model focused on promoting responsible African entrepreneurs and demonstrates this through the implementation of an innovative system of remuneration for the management team, which is indexed not only to financial performance, but also to the achievement of extra-financial impact indicators.
“I&P’s commitment to African development is highlighted through our different funds, all of them sharing the same philosophy: an entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to development, integrity and high-standards. Offering a range of diversified funds is one of I&P’s major strengths. I&P contributes to the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa, in order to address the issues of job creation and sustainable growth in Africa” explains Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires.
Published at 13/12/2017
Adapted from I&P Press Release daated on 11 December 2017