Invest Africa has partnered with Google, KPMG, DHL, Aon and 4G Capital to launch a new programme that seeks to support over 500 African Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
The programme, named The Next Generation Africa Forum, is scheduled to take place on 16th September 2021, virtually, using a digital platform to connect MSMEs across the Continent with practical support from leading VCs, banks, incubators, and multinational tech companies.
Through a series of free to access interactive workshops, pitches and discussions, the Next Generation Africa Forum seeks to offer MSMEs the support they need to bloom in a challenging economic context. The sessions will focus on building pathways to formality, preparing businesses for investment, accelerating growth, and managing digital risks.
Furthermore, Next Generation Africa targets to provide a strong platform to foster collaboration between financial services, investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers. Applications are now open for MSMEs to secure a place at the Forum.
MSMEs account for 70 per cent of Africa’s employment, forming the backbone of Africa’s economies and are the engine of the region’s job creation drive. With a high proportion of informal enterprises, many of Africa’s MSMEs, which already faced significant challenges, have been hard hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Invest Africa is a leading trade and investment platform for African markets. Although its headquarters are in London, Invest Africa also operates in Cape Town, Dubai, Johannesburg and New York. It has a global footprint of more than 400 member companies, comprising multinationals, development finance institutions, institutional investors, private equity firms, professional service organisations, government bodies and entrepreneurs.