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ICA works with businesses that are leading local innovation to address critical issues and local development challenges. We help SMEs access the funding they need to grow their business. Through a process of screening, investment-readiness preparation, registration on our online deal platform (Impact Starter), and match-making with investors, we aim to get you the right funding partners.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Impact Capital Africa is not currently involved in any applications for grants. We DO NOT ask for payment to access grant opportunities. Please do not give your personal, business, or financial details to anyone claiming to be with ICA. Our logo is being used on fraudulent grant applications and communication. Please contact [email protected] for more information or if you have received communication you believe to be fraudulent. 

Opening new routes to finance for growth-stage businesses in Africa

We partner with institutions and organisations that share our aim to improve the flow of capital into African businesses: helping you prepare for investment and meet the right investors.

Are you:

  • operating in Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, or Zimbabwe (our current focus areas)?
  • an established business, generating at least US$ 100,000 per year in revenue and looking to grow?
  • eager to find affordable, appropriate long-term finance of $200,000 – $25+ million in debt and/or equity?
  • creating a positive environmental or social impact through your products or services?
  • exploring new sources of finance but don’t know how to go about it or who to talk to?
  • needing help to understand how to prepare for investment?

If this is you, Impact Capital Africa can help.
We’ve got it covered.

Finding routes to finance is hard for many African businesses. If you run an established company, poised for growth, with the potential to deliver profits as well as social or environmental benefits, impact investors may be eager to help you succeed.

How does Impact Capital Africa work for African businesses seeking finance?

What is impact investment?

Over the past decade, a new breed of investor has emerged: the impact investor.

Impact investors are looking for a financial return on their investment but they also want their money to have wider benefits for society and the environment. Currently, you may not think of your business as an “impact enterprise” but if, for example, you offer market opportunities to smallholder farmers, bring financial services or clean energy solutions to off-grid communities or offer a business-based solution to health or education issues, you probably fit the bill. An impact investor may be interested in your business.

A few impact investors are locally based in the Sub-Saharan region but even more are from further afield. We have extensive networks within the impact investment community worldwide and we use these networks to introduce investors to great investment opportunities through Impact Capital Africa.

  • DEALS CLOSED 2018 TO 2021

    >$ 80m

    DEALS CLOSED 2018 TO 2021

  • JOBS CREATED 2018 TO 2021

    20,000

    JOBS CREATED 2018 TO 2021

  • Deals closed

    21

    Deals closed

  • BUSINESSES PREPARED & PRESENTED

    55

    BUSINESSES PREPARED & PRESENTED

“It is truly an investor-SME platform that can lead to $$ deals. Thank you.”

- SME raising finance

ICA & The National Advisory Board for Impact Investment Zambia (NABII) are hosting an in-person event on 13-14 September 2022.

Join us to meet great fellow Zambian businesses, impact investors, and many others in the impact investment sphere.

What makes Impact Capital Africa different?

ICA aims to increase SME visibility and change perceptions of the Sub-Saharan African investment space. We have a successful track record because we work closely with selected SMEs to hand-pick the most exciting impact investment opportunities and make sure that they are investment-ready by partnering them with the best technical assistance and investment advisors.

SMEs benefit by having closely collaborative partners that are looking beyond just making deals – we want to make the best, most sustainable deals, founded on strong partnerships that benefit SMEs, investors, and the African ecosystem.

We believe in the power of technology to make things work efficiently. But we also believe in doing things personally which makes Impact Starter very different from other online investment platforms.

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