World Bank’s IFC To Invest USD$ 6 Million in Tech Startups in Major African Countries

The World Bank’s subsidiary International Finance Corporation (IFC) will invest USD $6 Million in technology startups in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa and other African countries.
Entrepreneurs work on their projects at Nailab, a Kenyan firm that supports technology startups, behind the latest initiative, which targets entrepreneurs for their ideas on providing sex education through technology and social media in Nairobi, Kenya, July 4, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya - D1BETNPFQKAA

The World Bank’s subsidiary International Finance Corporation (IFC) will invest USD $6 Million in technology startups in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa and other African countries.

The World Bank’s subsidiary International Finance Corporation (IFC) will invest USD $6 Million in technology startups in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa and other African countries. A report by Business Daily Africa reveals that USD $6 Million investment will be disbursed through fund manager TIDE Africa. TIDE will then identify these firms and facilitate their funding.

The report further divulged that, “Majority of TIDE’s investments will be concentrated in Anglophone Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, and the remaining allocation will be deployed in other Western, Eastern and Southern African countries, with a sectoral focus on consumer services, financial services, and enterprise technologies.”

The global development institution has been on the forefront when it comes to supporting local startups. It is the reason they jointly launched a project dubbed, ‘The Next 100 African Start-ups initiative’ with the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC).

The initiative gave an opportunity to selected startups to connect with international investors and financial institutions, government officials, and policymakers from the African continent.

IFC is a sister company and a member of the World Bank Group is the largest global development institution that pays particular attention to the private sector. It currently works with over 2K companies globally. It employs its vast prowess and uses funds to come up with opportunities to help entrepreneurs in hardship regions of the world.

In 2018, IFC invested a total of USD 23 Billion in long-term financing for developing countries. The organization notes the early stages of a business is crucial for its survival and future growth adding that it will continue to support entrepreneurs and their ecosystems by helping them bridge the challenge of inadequate seed capital.

Image Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya – D1BETNPFQKAA

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