Impact Investment trip

Want to invest in emerging markets? Sign up for the upcoming Impact Investment Trip to Uganda from 18-23 November 2018.

 

One week from 18-23 November in Uganda guided by BiD Network’s own deal makers

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Get a behind the scenes look at doing business in East Africa and meet selected entrepreneurs

Experience what it is like to have your boots on the ground for impact investing in an emerging market

Explore innovative businesses together with other like-minded investors

Impact Investment trip Uganda

BiD Network is offering impact investors a chance to explore emerging market business opportunities first-hand during the Impact Investment Trip! BiD Network is hosting a week-long trip from 18-23 November 2018 to Uganda to give (potential) investors a chance to learn more about cross-border investing in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Visit ventures on location, meet qualified entrepreneurs in person, meet local investors and other stakeholders, see with your own eyes what impact an investment will make and get a behind the scenes look at doing business in East Africa: these are just some of the key features of this impact journey. Travel together with a group of like-minded investors and be guided by BiD Network’s experienced deal makers. Get ready to explore innovative Ugandan businesses in a fun and adventurous environment!

 ‘BiD Network’s impact investment trip was super effective for me; in 5 days I not only got to see interesting investment opportunities for Oikocredit, but I also got to know the whole eco-system, including the Uganda Investment Authority, banks and local investors.’ – Florian Grohs, Oikocredit, participant 2016

 

Check out the after-movie of the Investor Trip 2017

What we offer you:

High-potential businesses

During the impact investment trip you get the opportunity to meet a number of selected businesses from our portfolio. The businesses operate in different sectors, but have one common denominator: They are high-potential and all have a positive impact on their communities, be it via job creation or a product or service that makes life better or easier.

Selected by BiD Network

All businesses in BiD network’s portfolio have been selected based on their annual turnover ($100,000+), proof of market, the scalability of their business model and the management capacities of the entrepreneurial team. All businesses have audited financial statements.

With BiD’s Network support

We ensure that all businesses that you visit during the impact investment trip can present sound financials and can explain their investment need. The BiD network team in Uganda, together with our network of local consultants and partner organisations, will support the entrepreneurs with the preparation of the required documentation.

That is not all..

Please note that we are still working with some of the companies to verify their real investment need. Also, for privacy reasons we categorized the companies’ turnover. We will share more details in case you are interested in investing.

 

Interested in joining the Impact Investment Trip?

Expression of Interest

About Uganda

 

Uganda is located in East-Central Africa and counts a population of over 35 million. The country has remarkably developed over the past decade with over a third of the population possessing cell phones. As a multilingual country, English is widely spoken in the country. Ugandans are known around the word for their warmth and hospitality.

The country has endured a dictatorial regime after its independence in 1962. Since the 1990’s, peace, stability and economic reforms have allowed Uganda to prosper and it is known as an entrepreneurial country. Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, small deposits of copper, gold, and other minerals, and recently discovered oil.

Why invest in Uganda?

 

Uganda is an increasingly attractive destination for foreign investments. The country:

  • has an 5,5% average year-on-year GDP growth (World Bank)
  • has consistently attracted the highest levels of foreign direct investment in the East Africa Community region over the past five years (Uganda Investment Authority)
  • has a well regulated highly liberalized economy in which all sectors are open for investment and there is a free movement of capital to and from the country
  • is ranked as the most entrepreneurial country in the world (B2B marketplace Approved Index)

Physically closing the gap between entrepreneurs and investors eliminates barriers to investment

Practical Information

Timeline

The trip of 2018 will take place from 18-23 November 2018.

Register until September 15 for the early bird discount. Registration closes October 15.

Costs

The cost of the impact investment trip is € 3.000,- excluding VAT and international flights

Early bird fee (until September 15) is € 2.500,- excluding VAT and international flights

Included in this price are all accommodation, meals, local transport, airport-pickup and events.
Excluded are VAT and international flights.

Discount for Dutch investors
Dutch investors that own a SME in the Netherlands are invited to apply for a ‘Missie Voucher’ at RVO to receive a discount of 50% of the investor trip (excluding costs of flights, hotels and VAT) to a maximum amount of € 1.500,-. For more information and to apply go to the website of RVO.

Discount for US based investors
US based participants can apply for a refund on the costs of the trip of a maximum of 50% (excluding costs of flights, meals and accommodation) offered by our partners of the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

Feel free to reach out to receive more information about the costs and discounts that might apply to you. Contact us for more information.

 

Location

The trip will take place in Kampala, Uganda. We will visit the premises of the selected entrepreneurs in and around the city, occasionally we travel upcountry to visit entrepreneurs. Participants will stay 6 nights in a centrally located hotel in Kampala.

 

What to expect

Between 5-10 investors join each trip. Together with the other investors we will meet around 8 entrepreneurs at their premises in and around Kampala. The rest of our time, we meet different players in the impact investment environment and will learn more about investing in Uganda from guest speakers during lunches and dinners.

During the investor trip we introduce you to companies with an investment need of < 200.000 USD so you can either invest yourself or explore possibilities to co-invest as part of a syndicate.

 

Sample Program
Day 1 – Sunday Arrival, check-in hotel and dinner with an introduction to Uganda and Impact Investing
Day 2 – Monday Two business visits and dinner with an investment expert
Day 3 – Tuesday Two business visits, meet  an entrepreneur that previously received investment and dinner with an investment expert
Day 4 – Wednesday One business visit and in the afternoon the BiD Network Deal Making Event with all entrepreneurs from our portfolio and investors
Day 5 – Thursday One business visit, afternoon open for follow up meetings or time to explore Kampala
Day 6 – Friday Two business visits and goodbye dinner
Day 7 – Saturday Check-out of hotel, optional extension of your stay to explore Uganda
Who should join

Whether you are new to impact investing or you have already invested in a few businesses, you are welcome to join our Impact Investment Trip. During the trip we will indulge you into impact investing itself and investing in Uganda. We offer an optional (online) masterclass to introduce you to impact investing before departure.

How can I register

To register for the investor trip we ask you to fill in the expression of interest sheet. Based on that we will get in touch with you to finalize your registration and to hear more about your background, what you are looking for, the investment type and amount, etc. so we can try to make the most out of your trip and potential investment. 

Extend your stay

We created a full program for you during the trip. This means that there is little time to explore the rest Uganda has to offer, like nature and wildlife. For those who would like to extend their stay, we offer tours via our partner Matoke Tours. Feel free to let us know your wishes and we will make sure that you will get a full grasp of Uganda!

‘The impact investment trip was very well organised. All businesses were well prepared, and the more businesses we saw, the more difficult it became to choose. After the trip, I invested in two businesses and I am still working on another deal.’

Carla Brokking - Participant 2016 & 2017

Interested in joining the Investment Trip?

If you’re looking for investment opportunities in an emerging market, this is your chance. Join us on a one-week trip to Uganda during the impact investment trip. Please fill in the expression of interest sheet and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Expression of Interest