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: TBA
– Our strategy and investments in Africa
– Partnerships
– Future

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: TBA

– An opportunity to participate in an Impact Partnership
– How to comply with several UN SGD´s
– Do´s and don´ts

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

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.

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

Radisson Blu, Waterfront Hotel
Nils Ericssons Plan 4, 111 64 Stockholm. Sweden.

Members: Free of charge

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

Please register at:



  • You get knowledge about how companies produce and sell their products to the B2B and B2C segment 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