Intelligent Intermediaries: digital business development in Africa

The wave of digitisation: changing our personal and business lives Travel in Africa has its challenges, but the emergence of digitally-enabled services is helping to remove some of the obstacles we face when doing business. Imagine a typical business development trip across the continent: A transaction adviser is on her way from Johannesburg to Nairobi to secure an advisory mandate. It’s […]

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African Trade Finance: Mind the technology gap

Africa is uniquely placed to trade with growing markets in the East, established markets in the West, and domestic markets on her own continent. In order to benefit from the ensuing economic advantages, the continent’s financial institutions have started to tackle the unmet demand of Africa’s trade finance gap, currently estimated at US$120 billion by the African Development Bank (AfDB) […]

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Member snapshot with Novan Maharahaje, Ocorian

The investment process is a long process that will consume significant resources (in terms of human capital and time). It is important that company owners and CEOs devote adequate and skilled resources to navigate through this process until completion whilst continuing to deliver on their operational performance. One common mistake that we have seen is that […]

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It’s time for Development Finance Institutions to join Africa’s technological evolution

Technological innovation has swept across Africa in the past decade. There are almost one billion cell phone subscriptions on the continent, up from 129 million ten years ago. In addition, software advances have disrupted the way people from Senegal to South Africa live their daily lives—from traffic support to remittance technology to agricultural assistance. The […]

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In conversation with Jessica Camus, Founder of Ignis Advisory

Can you tell us a bit about how you came to start Ignis Advisory? My partners and I launched Ignis to help companies achieve greater scale and impact by offering a holistic, integrated and collaborative approach alongside access to our unique networks. Organisations often lack the tools and resources to effectively translate their values into […]

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Africa’s private debt goes digital

Africa is home to an increasing number of growth companies in need of capital. Before these businesses start tapping into sources of funding to expand operations, they must evaluate the type of finance that suits their particular needs. There are a number of capital options for fundraisers, which include conventional debt from local banks, investment […]

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Dealmaking in Africa: The top challenges investors face

When it comes to deal sourcing, Africa is no different from other regions in the world – investment practitioners on the continent encounter numerous friction points when sourcing investable opportunities. The reasons for this are both general and specific to Africa. We have listed five challenges the African investment community faces below, and we invite thoughts […]

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