Access to Skills

Providing access to market-focused training and cutting edge business programs to enhance business competitiveness

We give our members training and coaching to raise their standards, improve governance and drive competitiveness.

Capacity Building Programmes

Our capacity building programmes support SMEs through one-on-one consultancy, mentorship and coaching opportunities. We equip SMEs with business skills required to meet tender requirements and quality standards of large corporates; ultimately integrating them into their supply chain

The APP and Biashara.Now is a community where our members from across Africa can engage one another, discover new opportunities and grow their business.


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SME Recovery and Resilience Progamme

Companies operating in Africa need local suppliers to work effectively. But local SMEs often struggle to make themselves visible to these companies.  The APP and Biashara.Now directory allows African businesses to promote the products and services they can deliver and the standards they can deliver to. This makes it easier for big companies to find the right suppliers.

The APP and Biashara.Now is a community where buyers and suppliers across Africa can engage one another, discover new opportunities and grow their business.


Flagship Programmes

Business Linkage Programme

What is the Business Linkage Programme (BLP)?

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

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 Ghanaian and Senegalese SMEs access to  training and consultancy for a fraction of the cost. The aim is to develop these companies to a stage where they can:

  1. Win new clients locally, regionally and internationally
  2. Increase profit through greater efficiency
  3. Access finance
  4. 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:

  1. Deliver goods and services to time, quality and scale
  2. Win new business and export to new markets
  3. Meet international standards
  4. Access finance from IIA’s Partner Banks

Business Accelerator Program

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

  1. Registered on the African Partner Pool
  2. Employing more than 3 employees
  3. Committed to improving their business
  4. Turning over less than $15m
  5. 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 –