Sustainable investments and innovative businesses in Africa, Seminar, August 31st in Stockholm

We welcome you to this AFRICA INNOVATION NETWORK seminar “Sustainable investments and innovative businesses in Africa” in Stockholm, August 31st, 2018.

This seminar will focus on how both large and small sustainable investments in Africa as well as innovative Nordic businesses and partnerships in Africa. We will present 4 cases that each and all do sustainable business in Africa. The programme present cases and stories from all over Africa and from different sectors. The company cases that are presented will cover more than 25 operations and business adventures all over Africa.

Target group

This seminar target companies from all sectors that offer goods, products, concepts and solutions to the African market, covering a minimum of 6 African markets/countries. Companies that focus on sustainability and UN sustainable goals.


1.00 pm: Registration

1.10 pm: Welcome and presentation of the programme
– Facts and figures and warm up quiz

1.20 pm: From investor to microfinance lender: BlueOrchard Asset Management (
Nordic business Development Director, Mr. Shawn Westcott
– Investments in Africa
– Supporting microfinance in Africa

2.00 pm: Company Case: Grandqvists ( 
CEO, Lasse Grandqvists 
– Our productionstrategy and investments in Africa
– Scaling and future in Africa

2.50 pm: Impact investment case: Nordic Impact Funds (
CEO, Mrs. Lisbeth Zacho

– The establishment of a new Africa focused impact fund in the Nordics.
– Investment cases with social impact from East Africa

3.30 pm: Company case: MTI Investments (
CEO, Co-Founder, Dr. Pontus Engstrom

– Growth of a Tanzanian yoghurt producer
– Creating an East African cosmetic retail chain
– Affordable housing
– When investments go wrong

4.15 pm: Enabling higher education for young people: Help to Help (
CEO, Founder, Mrs. Malin Cronqvist
– Help to Help strategy in Africa
– Crowdsourcing as tool for growth and innovation

4.45 pm: Airfrance-KLM pitch (
Sales Manager, Mr. Martin Kotte

– Air France KLM have been the industry leader for more than ten years for when it comes to sustainability. Hear more about Air France KLM´s sustainability programme.  

5.00 – 6.00 pm: Networking
None-alcoholic drinks, wine and beer will be served.

Coffee, water and snacks will be served during the seminar as we will have many networking breaks enabling you to discuss and share experiences.

Would you like to book a one-to-one meeting with the African ambassadors or diplomats during the seminar?
Send us an email and indicate your African country of interest including agenda / topic to be discussed: 


BlueOrchard Asset Management (
BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager. As a pioneering impact investor, we foster inclusive growth while providing attractive returns for investors. BlueOrchard was founded in 2001 by initiative of the UN as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide. We offer premium investment solutions to qualified investors and provide debt and equity financing to institutions in emerging and frontier markets. To date, BlueOrchard has invested USD 4.7 billion in 350 institutions across 70 countries, providing access to financial and related services to over 35 million low-income individuals.

Nordic Impact Funds (
Nordic Impact Funds is a newly established fund focusing on social impact investments in East Africa. The Fund’s mission is to improve quality of life for millions of people in the low-income segment in East Africa by leveraging the best of the Nordics (capital, governance, tech and expertise) and combining it with local presence and active ownership. The Fund invests in economically viable businesses with strong solutions to the challenges of the poor. The Fund is registered in Denmark with the investment office based in Nairobi.

Help to Help (
Help to Help is a non-profit foundation that through crowdfunding and cooperation with companies enables higher education for promising young people in East Africa and connects talents with employers and vice versa. Help to Help is since many years present in Tanzania, expanded to Uganda in 2017 and will enter Kenya during 2018. Talents from Help to Help’s network are today working in companies and organisations such as Scania, Care International, Ericsson to mention a few. Help to Help’s founder has been awarded one Most Powerful Business Woman in Sweden and Sustainability Talent of the Year.

MTI Investment (
MTI Investment is a Nordic investment company with a mission to help SMEs in Tanzania grow faster with a vision to become a leading investment company in East Africa. Since its inception in 2014 it has built the relational infrastructure with key stakeholders such as universities, legal advisers and local firms, and made 6 investments ranging between USD 200.000 and USD 1 million dollars. The company has 75 shareholders and aims for a stock market listing in four years.

Granqvists (
In the year of 2006 the new Granqvists® factory stood ready for production. With 220 permanent employees they have the largest factory producing technical protective gloves in Europe. The brand Granqvists® was established in Sweden 1984 and has been producing gloves for Fire fighting, Police and Military users since the last 30 years.

Thursday, August 31st, 2018 at 1 pm – 6 pm

Norrsken House
Birger Jarlsgatan 57c, 113 56 Stockholm, Sweden.

Members: Free of charge

Non-members: EURO 350 (ex. VAT) each person

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  • You get knowledge about impact investments in Africa

  • You will learn how other companies are doing successfully business in Africa

  • Start an ongoing networking journey with both the African diplomatic level and other companies operating in Africa