How impact investing can solve Africa’s trickle-down woes

With the experience of major African economies showing that the benefits of growth at the top are not trickling down to the poor, it is time for innovative economic alternatives such as impact investing to show the way forward for inclusive growth. Trickle-down has no effect There was a time when ‘trickle down’ was the

How a Kenyan pastry chef grew his dream small business deli by 250%

As a successful small business entrepreneur in Africa, Obado Obadoh realised his vision of opening a pastry shop when he established the now popular Café Deli in Kenya. Obado’s Story Obado, who is a trained pastry chef with in-depth experience in the hospitality industry of Kenya, approached GroFin in 2011 when an opportunity to buy-out

GroFin’s investment for the future: Kenyan women entrepreneurs are good ‘jockeys’

Published on the SEED Initiative Blog by Rishi Khubchandani GroFin Investment Executive in Kenya –
The driving force, the key success factor, of the business should be the entrepreneur. Good entrepreneurs who receive value-adding business support from a partner like GroFin are more likely to succeed under challenging conditions, we believe, and we look at entrepreneurs who demonstrate a good professional track record as well as the appropriate practical experience related to the business they are growing.

What Makes A Business In An Emerging Market Grow?

In a world where more companies fail than flourish, there seems to be little consensus on the key success factors. Even companies with thrilling ideas, Ivy League-educated leadership and rounds of venture capital funding have crashed and burned. While experience is the best teacher, even experienced entrepreneurs still have less than a 50% chance of

GroFin and SPDC working in the Niger Delta

By Sabre Collier-
Aspire aims to invest in 200 small and growing businesses in the Niger Delta, while delivering invaluable business counsel to many more. These investments aim to create over 2,400 sustainable jobs by 2018. Moreover, they will improve an estimated 14,000 livelihoods, bit by bit expanding possibilities for prosperity and stability in the Niger Delta.

Cloud and Mobile Technology Growth in Africa and Other Emerging Markets

By Samuel Suraphel and Lane Cooper
For small and growing businesses that may not have existing processes around key business functions and operations, the adoption of cloud and mobility solutions may create structures to formalize and improve informal business practices. In so doing, the groundwork is laid for achieving growth objectives.

Growing Your Business By Being, Invest or Ready

Published in The Entrepreneur Aug-Sep 2014 One of the biggest challenges that small and medium-sized businesses face is the inability to exploit investment opportunities immediately they present themselves. This is due to a number of factors that are prevalent in the business space. The key issue however. Is that entrepreneurs should always be ready for