Africa is a good investment

Africa has some of the fastest-growing economies in the world. As growth accelerates on the continent, it generates new opportunities for investment placing it high on the global investment strategies of investors and entrepreneurs. Generally enhanced political stability has accelerated the renewal of a vibrant spirit of entrepreneurship and value creation, accelerating positive change.  East Africa, the continent’s second fastest growth market is of particular interest to socially-minded and conventional investors. Nonetheless, with almost half of the people in sub-Saharan Africa living on less than USD1.25 per day, huge unlocked potential and challenges remain.

Symposium on scaling social businesses

On 18th and 19th November 2015 ICS and Ka Tutandike Uganda will host the symposium: Scaling Social Business in East Africa in Kampala, Uganda. A social business differentiates from a ‘regular’ business by aiming for social impact as much as financial profit. Impact investing is growing in popularity while change makers dare to include economic return in their initiatives. But how do promising impact businesses make the step to a mature enterprise that still has social impact? And when does a social enterprise become an interesting incentive for investors? This first regional East Africa symposium gives insight into and potential solutions for the financial and organizational challenges that many entrepreneurs in East Africa are facing today.

Special attention will be given to examining the struggles of social enterprises to attract timely and sufficient funding, and to the challenges faced by investors to identify suitable investment opportunities for short and long term portfolios. Through interactive dialogue between relevant East African stakeholders, we aim to generate new ideas to identify and overcome existing hurdles. The focus will be on agriculture, education, health and environment.

Who will attend this symposium?

Representatives from impact businesses, multinational corporations, financial institutions, impact investors, international development organizations, civil society, government representatives, business leaders and entrepreneurs.