16th – 17th  May 2023

Catch all the highlights on the

1st West Africa Deal Summit

2nd Ghana Impact Summit

Theme:Conversations that Move Catalytic Capital for Impact”.

About the Summit

Over two exciting days, West Africa’s impact investing community will convene in Accra, Ghana, and online to engage with global catalytic capital providers to take action on initiatives that can move the capital to transform the region and contribute to economic recovery. This flagship event will focus on action to move catalytic capital to fill the SME financing gap and contribute to economic recovery in Ghana and West Africa. It will promote knowledge sharing and collaboration, provide more visibility for locally-led businesses and funds and unlock more catalytic capital for Ghana and the region in ways that drive the attainment of the SDGs. The event will feature the launch of the Deal Source Africa initiative and Catalytic Capital Africa initiative.

Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh) and the Nigeria National Advisory Board for Impact Investing (Nigeria NABII) together with impact investing task forces in Burkina Faso and Senegal hosted the inaugural West Africa Deal Summit and Ghana Impact Summit to drive catalytic capital to fill the $331 billion Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) financing gap in Africa.

The summit brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and development practitioners from the private sector, development finance institutions, government, and civil society organizations to explore and accelerate innovative approaches to increase catalytic capital for SMEs and to identify investment opportunities with high potential for social and environmental impact. The West Africa Deal Summit 2023 was held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana on 16th and 17th May 2023.

The summit facilitated Impact Fund Showcases introducing West Africa’s vibrant impact funds and ecosystem-building initiatives to catalytic capital providers. Deal Rooms connected businesses with impact funds and a post-summit Study Tour to Nigeria gave delegates an opportunity to experience more of West Africa vibrant businesses and ecosystems.

As part of the summit facilitated impact fund showcases will introduce West Africa’s vibrant impact funds and ecosystem-building initiatives to catalytic capital providers, deal rooms will connect businesses with impact funds and a post-summit study tour to Nigeria will give delegates an opportunity to experience more of West Africa. Register above for the summit and sign up below for the deal rooms, impact fund showcases and study tours.

Deal Rooms

Connecting impact funds/investors with SMEs looking for investment opportunities. Click on the link below to register as a business or Impact fund for the Deal Rooms .

Impact Fund Showcase

This invite-only facilitated roundtable will draw in Impact Funds across West Africa to engage with catalytic capital investors. Click on the link below to express interest to participate.

Study Tours

Join a post-summit study tour and road show on 18th & 19th May to explore Nigeria's vibrant and growing impact investing ecosystem. Organised by the Nigeria NABII in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nigeria Office.

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Key takeaways from the inaugural summit

2 Events

Over 300 Delegates

60+ Speakers

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Speakers at the summit

Hamdiya Ismaila, General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund

Mr. Charles Abani

UN Resident Coordinator for Ghana

Mrs. Ibukun Awosika

Chairperson, Nigerian National Advisory Board for Impact Investing

Emmanuel Alex Asiedu

IIGh Board Chair and Head, Africa Region Investments, Standard Bank

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Samuel Akyianu

Chief of Party Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund

Hamdiya Ismaila, General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund

Hamdiya Ismaila

General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund

Reginald Yofi Grant

CEO of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre

Robert Haynie

Ventures Ecosystem Building, FMO

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Yacouba Ouedraogo

Co-founder Africa Impact Investing Partnerships Center , Member, Burkina Faso Impact Investing Taskforce

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Tracy Kroner

Investment SpecialistInvestment Specialist, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Amma Lartey

CEO of Impact Investing Ghana

Maria Etemore Glover

Projects Lead of Impact Investors' Foundation

Nelson Amo

CEO of Innohub Growth Center

Program Schedule

  • Tuesday, 16th May 2023
  • Wednesday, 17th May 2023

Ghana Impact Summit

Registration & Welcome

Registered delegates can check-in and pick up their badge at the registration desk.

Welcome Speeches

Reginald Yofi Grant

Reginald Yofi Grant

CEO of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre

Charles Abani

Charles Abani

UN Resident Coordinator, UN in Ghana

Opening Plenary | Collaborating to build a strong ecosystem that attracts catalytic capital for SMEs.

Hamdiya Ismaila

Hamdiya Ismaila

General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund

Nelson Amo

Nelson Amo

CEO of Innohub Growth Center

Anglophone Breakout Session | Accelerating progress: opportunities for catalytic capital providers to catalyze SME financing in Ghana.

Moderators:

Ebenezer Arthur, CEO of Wangara Green Ventures

Impact Fund Showcase

Ghana is an excellent destination for investors looking for both a financial and social or environmental return. This facilitated roundtable will draw in local Impact Funds to engage with Ghanaian-based catalytic capital investors and other potential investors in their funds. It will create a forum for funds that are fundraising to connect with investors and start conversations that eventually lead to investments. The ultimate goal is to build Ghana’s ecosystem by connecting impact funds to the right investors.

Deal Room

The Deal Room is intended to provide opportunities to showcase and connect impact funds with entrepreneurs looking for investment opportunities and enterprise support organizations, and other market builders seeking to connect with local and international catalytic capital providers. The ultimate goal of the day is to start conversations that eventually lead to investments. Pre-selected entrepreneurs will be matched for one-on-one conversations with investors.

Cocoa Break

Microtalk | Lessons from Ghana Unlocking Catalytic Capital for SME Financing.

Amma Lartey

Amma Lartey

CEO of Impact Investinting

Launch of Catalytic Capital Africa

Amma Lartey

Amma Lartey

CEO of Impact Investinting

Closing Plenary | Catalytic Capital as a driver of SDG attainment

Amma Lartey

Amma Lartey

CEO of Impact Investinting

Lunch Break

West Africa Deal Summit

Opening Session | Welcome Speeches

Amma Lartey

Amma Lartey

CEO of Impact Investinting

Amma Lartey

Amma Lartey

CEO of Impact Investinting

Launch of Deal Source Africa

Opening Plenary | Unlocking catalytic capital financing for SMEs in West Africa: challenges and opportunities.

Amma Lartey

Amma Lartey

CEO of Impact Investinting