April 20, 2022

AfDB Approves €9.8m to Support Venture Capital Investments in African startups

Trustworthy and indepth news stories are more important now than ever.
Support our newsroom by MAKING A CONTRIBUTION HERE

The board of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved an equity investment of €9.8 million to support venture capital investments in African startups, from seed to growth stages.

The development finance institution announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

AfDB said that €7 million of the equity investment will be sourced from its own resources while the additional €2.8 million represents funds provided by the European Union (EU) through a partnership with the Organisation of African Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).

It said the investment will help Cathay-AfricInvest Innovation Fund meet its target of securing €110m to invest in over 20 early-stage ventures across sub-Saharan Africa.

The Innovation Fund focuses on financial inclusion (financial tech and insurance tech), retail and logistics platforms targeting online and mobile consumers, healthcare technologies, and pay as you go, off-grid energy technologies.

“More recently, the Innovation Fund has expanded its focus to include start-ups that are harnessing new digital opportunities created as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, or with high potential to help fight the coronavirus,” the statement reads.

“The Mauritius-based Fund is jointly sponsored by AfricInvest Capital Partners and Cathay Innovation SAS.”

Speaking on the equity investment, Stefan Nalletamby, the AfDB’s director for financial sector development, said: “The Bank’s approval is another milestone in the implementation of the Boost Africa Program and its partnership with the EU, OACPS and the European Investment Bank.

“It signals the importance given to tech-enabled high growth entrepreneurs on the continent and the key role of AfricInvest and Cathay Innovation in supporting this key business segment in Africa to achieve Africa’s growth, transformation and integration objectives.”

According to the bank, the investment is expected to accelerate the creation of a new class of successful African entrepreneurs that will serve as a model to younger innovators.

The bank said it would also support youth and women-led start-ups and increase access and inclusion to financial and ‘real sector’ services and goods through appropriate technology and innovation.

We can't do quality journalism without your support

Perhaps it goes without saying — but producing quality journalism isn't cheap. At a time when newsroom resources and revenue are declining, The Chronicles remains committed to "Serving Your Right To Know The Truth". Stand with us as we document Rwanda's remarkable journey for you and the future generation. Do you value our journalism? We can't do it without you. Show us with your support by CONTRIBUTING HERE.
Email your news TIPS to info@chronicles.rw or WhatsApp +250788351327.
You can also find us on Signal


  1. Ebola virüsü teşhis edilen Ugandalı bir doktor, tedavi
    için Almanya’nın Frankfurt kentine getirildi. Almanya Yeni Bir Ebola Hastasını Tedavi İçin Kabul
    Etti Son Dakika. SON DAKİKA; GÜNCEL; Almanya Yeni
    Bir Ebola Hastasını Tedavi İçin Kabul Etti.

  2. I do not even know how I ended up right here, but I assumed this put up was once
    great. I do not recognize who you are however definitely you are going to a famous blogger in case you
    are not already. Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *