IPDEV 2 is the largest incubation platform dedicated to the creation of national investment vehicles in Sub-Saharan Africa to support microenterprises excluded from long-term financing sources. The project aims to create a network of 10 vehicles in 10 countries over the next 10 years by structuring and training 10 local investment teams. Each vehicle will finance needs ranging between EUR 30,000 and EUR 300,000, in the form of participatory loans, convertible bonds or minority equity investments. Proparco’s financing will support training for the African management teams of the national investment vehicles and technical assistance missions to the funded SMEs (management, procedures, information systems, etc.).
The project involves participating in financing the technical assistance facility of the IPAE 2 fund to promote the development of skills, the transfer of know-how and training for microenterprises and SMEs which have strong impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The project aims to create a new industry in Africa – micro venture capital. In addition to the 10 local management teams which have been set up and trained, IPDEV 2 will finance at least 150 microenterprises and help create or support 2,000 jobs in sectors as diverse as agribusiness, education, health, energy and distribution. This operation will also contribute to building the capacities of SMEs through the training and missions financed by the funds’ technical assistance facility.
IPAE 2 will strengthen the impact hypothesis of the IPAE 1 fund by setting 7 impact objectives in the thematic areas of African entrepreneurship, gender, employment, the response to the Millennium Development Goals and the environment.