The talk of distressed asset investing in Africa is growing. A total of $6.5 billion has been raised for African private equity from 2011 to 2016, according to the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA), with a total reported deal value over the same period of $22.7 billion for 900+ deals. In 2016 alone, 145 deals were reported totalling $3.8 billion. We explore the sectors offering the best opportunities for distressed asset investors.
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Tom Jackson, 5:48 pm AFKI Original
Last week, for the fourth year in a row, the investment community of Africa came together in Cape Town to discuss trends, opportunities and pitfalls with regards to backing African startups. It might not seem that big of a deal, but in the embryonic days of African angel and venture capital, where the vast majority of startups lack access to funding, the signs that a dedicated community of investors is being built are positive.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:43 am AFKI Original
For many global tech companies, investing in Africa is a strategy for growth that is allowing them to tap into a growing market that is full of great potential. Tech companies from across various sectors are looking to Africa for growth, with the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft all putting their money into the continent. Whether they are investing in infrastructure, skills or the startup ecosystem, these tech companies are boosting economies and creating jobs.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:19 am AFKI Original
The news last month from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding sub-Saharan African growth has investors breathing a sigh of relief. The IMF expects sub-Saharan Africa to grow by 3.4 percent in 2018, up from the 2.6 percent in 2017. Some countries in particular are forecast to enjoy incredible growth in the region of 8 percent, with West and East Africa in particular looking attractive for investors.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am AFKI Original
The winners of the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2017 were recently crowned, with a number of mobile apps recognized in various categories. The awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech ventures from across Africa. The annual awards attracted over 300 submissions from across 31 countries judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts, with the winners announced at the awards party in Cape Town last week.
Kurt Davis Jr., 3:07 am AFKI Original
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the youngest population in the world, and educating these young people is a priority across the continent. By 2022, approximately one in four children may be enrolled in private schooling, suggesting that the time for investing in the sector is today. All that said, private investment in schools is still limited by capital and operational engagement from investors, but this is set to change.
Tom Jackson, 12:16 pm AFKI Original
Every year, the great and the good of African tech converge on Cape Town to network and discuss the key trends within the sector. Until 2014, startups were barely featured at AfricaCom, but that all changed with the launch of the AHUB that year. This year’s event saw pitches from the 20 startups taking part in the World Bank’s XL Africa accelerator programme, and the chance to experience companies of such quality was refreshing.
Tom Jackson, 5:02 am AFKI Original
A number of African pay-as-you-go solar companies have attracted investment in recent times, and continue to grow at a fast pace. East African company M-KOPA Solar is amongst the best funded, and recently raised another $80 million to be used over the next three years to finance installations in one million homes, on top of the 500,000 already connected. But what makes solar companies in Africa so attractive to large-scale investors.
Kurt Davis Jr., 4:55 am AFKI Original
The healthcare investment space is starting to hit its stride in Africa, with the sector finding significant partnership in private investors. The opportunity is vast, with many estimates placing the capital need for the sector beyond $25 billion. The healthcare space requires holistic approaches across multiple verticals, including insurance, primary care, and medicine/foods. with those able to bring quality products and services to those verticals able to benefit in terms of investment.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:37 am AFKI Original
African fintech startups have yet another opportunity to strive towards sustainability with the launch of the Village Capital Fintech Africa 2018 program, in collaboration with PayPal. The U.S.-based venture capital fund’s annual investment-readiness program, which is geared towards supporting African startups focused on financial health, is looking to fill a cohort of 10-12 companies from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Ann Brown, 5:04 pm AFKI Original
Johannesburg-based entrepreneur Emmanuel Bonoko is not simply focused on building a successful business. He is also trying to improve and empower his community. The 26-year-old is the founder of EBonoko Holdings, a media consulting, public relations and events company, which employs five people. His company, established in 2014, counts Hewlett Packard and Intel among its clients. He also founded the EBonoko Foundation, a social enterprise that hosts empowerment events such as book drives and career expos.
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