For Immediate Release
Nairobi, 6th November 2014.
East Africa’s premier impact accelerator; GrowthAfrica today showcased twelve of the region’s top enterprises in agriculture at the Agribusiness Venture Forum held at Strathmore Business School to investors, development partners and financiers in a bid to secure B2B partnerships and raise appropriate funding to scale their social and financial impact. During this year’s forum, the 12 entrepreneurs that showcased innovative products and services were graduating from the 18 week GrowthAfrica Agribusiness Accelerator – a BESTSELLER funded programme.
Speaking at the event, the chief guest a, CEO of Athi River Mining, and chairman of Kenya Association of Manufacturers Mr. Pradeep Paunrana advised entrepreneurs to be honest”, “it’s not just about viable business models, trust sets the pace in funding discussions and negotiations ” Pradeep added.
“I met talented energetic entrepreneurs with life changing ideas and sound business models at GrowthAfrica Agribusiness Venture Forum, said Pradeep Paunrana, “anything to do with agriculture is music to my ears” he added.
“The Agribusiness Venture forum helps entrepreneurs showcase business, initiate funding discussions and cultivate great relationships with investors” Johnni Kjelsgaard, CEO, GrowthAfrica.
“The partnership we have with GrowthAfrica is well aligned to our interests and mission,” said Kristian Sloth Petersen, Director, BESTSELLER FUND. “Together, we are working to unlock opportunity in Africa and grow high impact businesses that will help end poverty”
GrowthAfrica is East Africa’s premier impact incubator and accelerator which supports social enterprises through cohort based acceleration programmes where entrepreneurs sharpen their business acumen with the help of highly experienced facilitators, mentorship support, networking opportunities, peer to peer sharing and have access to funding of up to 250,000 USD.
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Established in 1995 BESTSELLER FUND is an independent charitable fund that primarily helps vulnerable people from the most challenged parts of society. Starting out supporting social and cultural initiatives in Denmark and India, BESTSELLER FUND has since 2005 been engaged in more broad development work in poor regions.
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