Educate Global invests in purpose-led medium-sized businesses, initially in the East African region.
Educate Global invests risk capital in purpose-led, established medium-sized businesses, initially in the East African region. The Fundâ€™s investment objective is to invest in for-profit businesses entering the growth stage in three key sectors: nutrition, health, and education infrastructure, to improve educational outcomes and to create quality employment opportunities for women and young people in low to middle-income communities.
Our first fund will focus on five countries in the region: Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania. Our selected markets represent some of the worldâ€™s fastest growing economies, where population growth, rising incomes and urban demographic shifts are driving sustained consumer-driven economic expansion.
Medium-sized businesses play a pivotal role in these emerging economies, contributing up to 60 per cent of total employment and 40 per cent of GDP.1, but have traditionally limited access to financing.2.
Educate Global Fund 1 therefore seeks to capitalise on this enhanced demand for capital, alongside the competitive growth profile of the region, to not only generate strong financial returns and improve education delivery, but to create quality local employment opportunities.
Our management team achieves this by working alongside our portfolio businesses, supporting them to better serve the growing low and middle-income consumer segment, build expansion strategies, grow team capacity and scale their businesses regionally. We work to harness and multiply the intangible assets of our investee companies.
We actively screen for businesses with a track record of creating inclusive employment opportunities and of serving customers in rural areas, refugee camps, and neighbouring fragile states.
Footnote 1: The World Bank
Footnote 2: The OECD reports a funding gap of US $190 billion across Africa for small and mid-sized companies.