Impact Investment trip

Want to invest in emerging markets? Join our upcoming journey to Uganda from October 8 – 14.

 

One week in Uganda in October 2017 guided by BiD Network’s own investor matchmakers

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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

From October 8 until October 14 2017, BiD Network is offering impact investors a chance to explore emerging market business opportunities first-hand! BiD Network is hosting two times a year a week-long trip 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 matchmakers. 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

Interested in joining us?

Expression of Interest
Timeline

You can register for the impact investment trip until September first, 2017. Early bird registration closes on 15 July 2017. The trip will take place from 8 to 14 October 2017.

 

Costs

The price to pay to be part of the impact investment trip is € 3.000,-*

Early bird fee (until 15 July 2017) is  € 2.500,-*

Price includes all accommodation, meals, local transport, airport-pickup and events and excludes VAT and international flights.

* Dutch investors that own a SME in the Netherlands can apply for a Missie Voucher at RVO to get 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.

* US based participants get the opportunity to receive a refund on the costs of the trip of a maximum of 50% offered by the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

Location

Participants will stay 6 nights (check-in October 8, check-out October 14) in a centrally located hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

 

Tentative Program

During the trip we will mainly have business visits. Besides that there will also be drinks, themed lunches and dinners. Below you find the tentative program of the upcoming trip:

Sunday
Arrival day and welcome dinner with the group and BiD Network staff.

Monday
After breakfast we visit our first entrepreneur, followed by a lunch with the group. In the afternoon we visit our second entrepreneur and close the day with a dinner where we learn more about the Ugandan investment climate.

Tuesday
We start the day with a meeting with the Dutch Embassy. We have lunch with the group and visit two entrepreneurs. During the dinner we meet entrepreneurs that previously received investment.

Wednesday
Today we visit one entrepreneur and have lunch with the group. There is some time for reflection and a mid-week evaluation. In the afternoon we host a matchmaking event where you get the opportunity to meet numerous selected entrepreneurs seeking investment and funds and banks active in the Ugandan market.

Thursday
In the morning there is an optional entrepreneur visit. The rest of the day is open for (follow up) entrepreneur visits and meetings. The evening is free and gives you some time to rest and prepare for our journey to Jinja the next morning.

Friday
Travel to Jinja where we meet two entrepreneurs and end our trip with a goodbye dinner. We spend the night in Jinja.

Saturday
Depending on the departure of your flight we either arrange transport from Jinja to the airport or to Kampala. Those who wish to extend their stay can spend the rest of the weekend in Jinja.

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.

 

Keen to meet our entrepreneurs?

Below you will find some of the businesses that have been selected for the investor trip. In the next few weeks we will add more businesses, so keep an eye on the website. As a participant of our investor trip, you can have a say in the businesses that you are interested in and like to visit. Interested? Please fill out the “Expression of Interest” at the bottom of this page.

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)

One way to eliminate some of the many barriers to investment is to physically close the gap between entrepreneurs and investors.

Interested in joining us?

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 or e-mail us at laura.smeets@bidnetwork.org and we will contact you as soon as possible.

 

‘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

Expression of Interest