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Invest in Africa in partnership with Mastercard is pleased to invite you to an interactive SME Mentorship Session themed ‘LEADING THROUGH A CRISIS.’

The session is aimed at enhancing peer-to-peer interaction and learning by highlighting the experience of peer Entrepreneur Business Leaders in navigating the COVID19 pandemic, leveraging opportunities in adversity and steering their companies towards recovery as they build back better. Participants will learn useful approaches in leading in times of crisis and consider some best practice in building leadership and enterprise resilience.

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Ghana’s Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs in partnership with Invest in Africa and the Mastercard Foundation presents a free webinar on Entrepreneurial Competencies for Business Leaders. 

In this webinar, you'll be able to learn the skills needed to succeed in entrepreneurship and understand the value of entrepreneurial mindset for leaders and teams charged with driving growth and innovation within their organizations.

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The African Entrepreneurship Academy in partnership with Invest in Africa and Mastercard Foundation presents the 2020 edition of the entrepreneurship Africa conference, dubbed THE FUNDING SUMMIT, the virtual edition.

In the COVID-19 era when businesses are faced with various enormous challenges to keep their doors open, access to funding; whether as capital injection for existing ventures or start-up capital for new ventures remains on top of needs for entrepreneurs.

Governments and agencies all over the world have made varied interventions to inject some level of funds into the business community, however these interventions seems to be very much inadequate. This means entrepreneurs, funding agencies and the business community in general must innovate or develop creative means to raise funds.

The virtual summit is to ensure that despite the COVID 19 restrictions, knowledge, opportunity and experiences can still be shared to wider audience of entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs.

What are our expectations:

  • Knowledge sharing: We are hoping to share information on the various funding channels available for entrepreneurs at various levels.

Level of preparation, structure and documentations needed to access funds.

  • Experience Sharing: Participating entrepreneurs on the panel would also share their experiences during the pandemic and how they have worked out raising funds to keep their businesses afloat.

  • Opportunity Sharing: Funding agencies (private and Government led) would share with participants various opportunities for funding.

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Joint ventures are the most common business arrangement for oil and gas companies engaging in exploration, appraisal, development, and production operations. The ability for oil and gas professionals to effectively interact with their counterparts within the commercial and technical constraints of a JV is an important skill. It requires a clear understanding of their own company’s desired position and recognition of the objectives of each other partner in the JV.  

This IIA & MCF webinar seeks to equip participants with the basic legal knowledge required to establish well-structured and balanced joint ventures that will lead to commercial success and further partnership opportunities.  

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Invest in Africa (IIA) will be hosting a forum themed: UNLOCKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTHS IN AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAINS IN KENYA bringing together SMEs in Agriculture to dialogue with public and private sector actors. This forum aims to address the following

questions:

 

1. What are the opportunities in Agribusiness for the youths?

2. How can the youths tap onto the existing and new opportunities?

3. What are the government incentives through the ministry of Agriculture supports youths in Agribusiness?

 

Expected Outcomes

1. Awareness creation on the opportunities and how to maximize the opportunities.

2. Promote an integrated approach to address multi-stakeholder approach in addressing the cross-cutting issues hindering participation of youth in Agricultural value chain activities.

 

Target Participants

The forum will bring together SMEs, government representatives, academia, private sector, Agri-innovators and companies, and banks, amongst many other stakeholders in their eco-system.

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In a globalized world, the market has become more competitive and has opened the opportunity for new competitors. However, this global scenario like the AfCFTA presents some opportunities for SMEs to act in the new markets and this action will depend mainly on the quality of products and services offered. 

Join this webinar by IIA & MCF to gain insights on how quality management systems can help ensure that your customers get consistent, good quality products and services opening access to new markets in this global competitive market.

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We are pleased to invite you for a FREE virtual Masterclass on ACCESS TO AGRICULTURAL EXPORT MARKET, to be held on THURSDAY, 12TH November 2020, at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EAT).

Exporting agricultural products, more so the fresh fruits and vegetables requires a well-structured enterprise. In addition, compliance with the uncompromising export criteria and standards throughout the value chain are key towards accessing the high value, fresh food designated international market.

This masterclass will share insight on key international market. It will also highlight on the requirements and regulations as well as the procedures of acquiring export license and permits.

The Masterclass will be facilitated by Mr. Apollo Owuor. Apollo is the current chairman of Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) Board and Board Director at COLEACP. He is also the founding director of Fruitful Farms ltd since its inception in 2017. Apollo has previously served as a board member of COLEACP and Waitrose Foundation Kenya. In totality, Apollo has over 25 years’ industry experience in supporting farmers and farmers association, Agri-SME’s in regards to market access, attaining quality and safety standards requirements for both local and international market.

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Given the large quantity of agricultural land, it is not surprising that Ghana’s agricultural sector contributes significantly to the nation’s GDP. However, contrary to the steady growth of agricultural land surface, agriculture’s contribution to the GDP has been declining. Reasons include the lack of technological development and dissemination and the disinterest of the youthful population to participate in the sector.

This IIA & MCF webinar will discuss the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations in agriculture and rural development, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.

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Maintaining an annual budget is considered a best practice for growing a business, yet many SMEs do not engage in the budgeting process.

Business finance management and budgeting has many common sayings. "Cash is king" is one that is heard the most. Surveys indicate that most businesses fail due to cash flow problems. It is very good to make profit, but cash flow is necessary to continue operating. SMEs often find it difficult to generate and hold on to cash. This is often due to debt incurred and the need for cash to fund operations and pay off debts.

That is why it is critical to maintain a level of working capital that allows you to make it through those crunch times and to continue to operate the business.

The world just changed rapidly, leaving many uncertain of how to survive the economic impact of Covid-19. Some enterprises have closed their doors as a result of tight budgets or non-existent budgets at all, SMEs have had to be nimble and move quickly to pivot their operations. These Interactive virtual session will cover valuable information such as

Ø how to update your financial forecasts, budgeting options and how to choose the best format for your business and goals

Ø How to set realistic goals and understand the budgeting process

Ø The proper way to evaluate budget vs. actual results

Ø How to work with your partners and advisors to create a budget for planning process

That is why it is critical to maintain a level of working capital that allows you to make it through those crunch times and continue to operate the business.

Join Frank Mwiti, the Eastern Africa Markets Leader at EY-Africa on this informative masterclass as he helps you identify the fundamentals of small business finances.

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Invest in Africa (IIA) in Partnership with the Mastercard Foundation is pleased to invite your application for a 4-months FREE Business Coaching program for SMEs, to support business recovery and resilience through IIA’s Biashara.Now Platform.Biashara.now link

The selected businesses will receive 5 powered one-on-one coaching sessions by internationally certified coaches, tailored to provide personalized support to realize the company’s business goals. Some of the program benefits include:

  1. Professional support by international coaching experts (ICF Certified Coaches).
  2. Undertake a deep analysis of your business challenges and tap into more innovative solutions.
  3. Explore new techniques and frameworks to realize your business goals.
  4. A better understanding of yourself as the leader of the business and the enabler of its growth.
  5. Develop and implement practical and personalized action plans for the business.

To participate, you must:

  • Be a registered company operating in Kenya for a minimum of 3 years, with majority Kenyan shareholding of 51% or above. 
  • Have a business problem or issue that needs help to be resolved through coaching.
  • Be able to demonstrate interest, willingness, and readiness to transform your business.

Women (all ages) and Youth (18-35yrs old) led businesses are highly encouraged to apply. The Application submission deadline is 4th November 2020. 

 

Interested and eligible SMEs are required REGISTER HERE to apply for consideration to participate in the program.

 

For further information or clarification, please email fellisters.sang@investinafrica.com

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The Risk Dialogue Series led by IIA brings together private and public sector stakeholders (including donors and philanthropy) to drive partner engagement, knowledge sharing, best practices and steer commitment and action for longer term collaborative SME risk resilience and policy development to manage disaster risks.

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As online business transactions increase, cybersecurity continues to become a big concern for internet users, and business leaders are at a higher risk as they become targets for business-related cyber risk. This webinar will arm individuals and business leaders with tips to protect themselves against cyber and fraud threats. 

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The business community has been disrupted not by the revolutionary idea but by a deadly virus. It has created uncertainties and pushed many business leaders and the entire business community into a panic mode, not knowing what the next disruption will be. What is certain is that this pandemic and any other future disruption is the ultimate texting ground for CEOs and business leaders. How we navigate these uncharted waters by moving from panic to purpose-driven leadership that drives recovery & builds resilience? This webinar arms you with skills, knowledge & resources to become a resilient leader going into the future.  

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This virtual class will be facilitated by Frank Mwiti, Eastern Africa Markets Leader at EY Africa. Frank has worked for and advised organisations across Africa, Europe, US and Russia. He has extensive experience in supporting Boards, CEOs, C-Suite and Government executives to manage large multi-cultural teams and successfully deliver complex cross-border projects in Investment Banking, Private Equity, Insurance, IT, Energy, Telecoms and Manufacturing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Managing the risk of fraud should be high on the list of priorities for all enterprises aiming to recover and build resilience during this time. In responding the COVID-19 pandemic, many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) had to quickly change the way they work, which highly increased the risk of fraud. The current unprecedented economic downturn has also greatly heightened incentives for organizations and individuals to commit fraud.

This upcoming Masterclass will increase your awareness of potential fraud and enable you to identify the red flags, as well as manage and mitigate fraud risks in your company.

The Masterclass facilitator will be Caroline Gathii, Risk Expert and Director at FirstIdea Consulting. She has twenty (20) years multi-sectoral and regional professional experience in governance, risk, and financial management.

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The class will be facilitated by Rosalind Kainya, Managing Director at Kina Advisory Limited which is a business advisory organization founded on the passion for enhancing the capacity of businesses to actively shape the future of countries and communities. Rosalind Kainya is experienced in business leadership, risk management and business sustainability.

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In our initiatives to supporting SMEs navigate the challenges presented to businesses as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Invest in Africa (IIA) is hosting a FREE WEBINAR on FARM TO MARKET:  AGRIBUSINESS MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMEs DURING AND POST- COVID-19.

The webinar will share insights from Large buyer needs to issues of quality management to issues how to handle logistics.

The session will be delivered by a panel comprising John Kariuki from BIDCO, Glenn Ogolah from Sendy, Charles Maina from Polucon and Valerie Fraser from Jenga Capital

Date: Thursday, 23rd July 2020
Time: 11.00AM – 12.30PM EAT
Venue: Microsoft Teams

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Effective cash flow management is essential to managing the financial performance of any organisation. At this time of unprecedented disruption, cash is the lifeblood of any business, without which, a business is at risk of insolvency.

Invest in Africa (IIA) is hosting a FREE WEBINAR on Cash Flow Management to provide you with insights on effective cashflow analysis and forecasting, cashflow challenges during this crisis period and opportunities and support available to your business.

The session will be delivered in collaboration with representatives from Absa Ghana.

Date: Tuesday, 21st July 2020

Time: 10.30AM – 12.00PM GMT

Venue: Microsoft Teams

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Gain tips for Cash Management during COVID-19.

Partners: EY, Deliotte, ABSA

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Gain understanding of Enterprise risk planning, risk identification, continuity and recovery, response and monitoring.

Partners: KPMG

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Understand Government support measures for the private sector – Scope, What is available and how to apply.

Partners: PWC , NBSSI,  Deloitte

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