Capacity Building

IIA's 'Access to Skills' pillar gives members of the APP training and coaching to raise their standards, improve governance and drive competitiveness.

Business Linkage Programme

What is the Business Linkage Programme (BLP)?

The BLP is a $4m training and mentorship programme designed to assist small and medium enterprises to fast track their businesses from locally good to globally competitive over 3 years.

Who is behind the BLP?

The BLP is being funded by the African Development Bank’s SME division FAPA and the FMO (Dutch Development Bank). The Programme is delivered by IIA and its Partners.

What does the BLP want to achieve?

The BLP offers 120 Ghanaian SMEs access to $30,000 worth of training and consultancy for a fraction of the cost. The aim is to develop Ghanaian companies to a stage where they can:

     -  Win new clients locally, regionally and internationally

     -  Increase profit through greater efficiency

     -  Access finance

     -  Create new jobs

How does it Work?

Invest in Africa has designed a bespoke training programme that will take high growth potential SMEs through the following steps:

1.  Entrepreneurship Excellence Training

2.  Bespoke analysis of each SMEs’ business strengths and weaknesses

3.  Management training from globally recognised consultancy and IIA Partner EY (formally Ernst & Young)

4.  Mentorship and coaching support from global experts

5.  Technical guidance to improve the quality of goods and services

6.  Showcase their new business skills, goods and services on the African Partner Pool to win new business

Successful enterprises will be supported by local and international mentors and consultants to:

     -  Deliver goods and services to time, quality and scale

     -  Win new business and export to new markets

     -  Meet international standards

     -  Access finance from IIA’s Partner Banks

How do I apply to the BLP?

The BLP is only open to the following SMEs, those:

     -  Operating in any of the 10 regions of Ghana

     -  Who have been in business for up to 2 years or more

     -  With between 15 – 100 employees

     -  Who have the desire to improve company efficiency and capacity

To apply or for further information,

Email: or Call 0342290974 or 0303938751

To increase the chance of winning a place on the BLP applicants must:

1.  Join the APP as a local supplier

2.  Complete their profile, demonstrating efforts to be transparent and embed governance standards.


Business Accelerator Programme

IIA & FMO offered Ghanaian companies EY consultants for a heavily subsidised rates of $30 – $60 per day.

Invest in Africa and the Dutch Development Bank FMO funded the Business Accelerator Programme (BAP), that supported over 80 growth-oriented businesses in Ghana.

The programme gave companies the opportunity to access heavily subsidised at more than 90% discount EY (Ernst & Young) senior consultants to sit with business owners to design and implement key systems and structures necessary for greater efficiency and sustainable growth.

Ghanaian companies also accessed EY Management Master Class Workshops to empower executive teams on how to manage their companies towards sustainable profits.

IIA Ghana Manager stated: “this is a great opportunity for companies in Ghana to be able to afford international consultants to sit in their business and provide step-by-step support on how to grow their business from local to global.”

The BAP will slots into IIA’s other business support programmes, including the Business Linkage Programme (business excellence training, mentorship and production capabilities consultancy funded by AfDB’s private sector arm FAPA) and the African Partner Pool, Ghana’s first private-sector online database that connects local business to supply chains of global corporations.

To apply for the BAP applicants must be:

    -  Registered and operating in Ghana for over 1 year in active business

    -  Registered on the African Partner Pool

    -  Employing more than 3 employees

    -  Committed to improving their business

    -  Turning over less than $15m

    -  Willing to contribute 2% of consultancy cost (FMO subsidies 98% of consultancy costs)

Register now to accelerate your business by emailing or for further information about IIA’s other programmes contact Angelina Diyuoh, Programme Coordinator –

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Professional Print Excellence Programme

Canon and Invest in Africa (IIA) have partnered to deliver a bespoke print excellence training programme to support Ghana’s vibrant print industry.

This programme was specially designed to give 20 printing companies complete business development support including entrepreneurial, managerial, print production training and mentoring over 2 years.

Canon and IIA’s key objective is to support local printing companies to overcome the current challenges of professional printing in Ghana.Specific objectives include supporting local printers to:

   - Improve production quality in areas such as colour & digital, to meet international best-in-class standards

   - Embed management systems to identify and enhance competitive advantages

   - Access finance to invest in new and reliable equipment

   - Win new business from international and local companies


Rokus van Iperen, President and CEO, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa stated:

“It was great working with Invest in Africa to provide SMEs in the printing sector in Ghana with the skills and knowledge they need to better serve their local customers. Canon is committed to empowering this region through the improvement of vocational skills and creation of job opportunities, and this is demonstrated through Canon’s partnership with Invest in Africa”.

The programme was established in response to a study conducted by Canon to understand the professional printing industry in Ghana. The study found that some corporate organisations are often using print providers in foreign countries for their print requirements.


The research identified that:

'96% of companies believe business in Ghana will grow in the next three to five years.’

‘64% of surveyed companies said they could be persuaded to have more material printed within Ghana if printing quality improved.’

Benefits for local printers

   -  Training from global printing experts on how to improve quality range of services and sales

   -  Opportunity to supply large international companies

   -  Individual support to access finance and use it effectively to grow printers’ businesses

   -  Coaching and mentorship from industry experts and internationally experienced consultants to grow printers’ businesses

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