This year’s Deal Summit will incorporate impact SMEs and inclusive business companies. Our Investment-readiness programme prepares social entrepreneurs to become investment and impact- ready to access funding from a diverse array of investor partners.  The Investment Readiness Program is led by Open Capital, an experienced advisory firm focused on accelerating and investing into social and environmental innovation on the African continent, The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), a global initiative supporting the scaling and replication of inclusive business models. and Impact Investors Foundation.

To address Africa’s socio-economic and environmental challenges both innovative entrepreneurs and new business models must emerge. We believe that the private sector will be at the forefront of finding solutions to what have been historically intractable issues throughout the Continent. IIF and Open Capital supports this vision by providing investment readiness and acceleration services to impact enterprises and inclusive businesses  which combines  financial success with positive social and environmental change.

We are launching our fourth Annual Deal Summit on November 2nd, 2022 and the preparatory Investment Readiness Accelerator to provide the business development support required to scale impact enterprises and link them with interested investors. Participants will gain the key ingredients to become ready for investment, including:

  • Constructing an impact case; 
  • Market access, sales and distribution; 
  • Strategic planning; 
  • Financial modelling and planning; 
  • Writing an investment case to secure funding; and
  • Pitching to investors.  

The three month accelerator is bespoke and designed around the specific needs of each participating business. The programme will conclude with the Deal Summit where participants will be introduced to a community of curated investors.

The IIF Annual Deal Summit is an initiative of the Impact Investors’ Foundation which seeks to address a critical gap in the ecosystem which has resulted in the limited number of investment-ready businesses in Nigeria.


  • Gain knowledge of Impact Investing and understand what impact investors want;
  • Access free specialised coaching and training worth thousands of dollars from an industry leading advisory firm to help you become impact and investment ready;
  • INetwork with a range of providers of impact capital from across the world;
  • Increase your attractiveness to impact investors and your chances of securing a deal by participating at the IIF Annual Deal Summit; and
  • Be matched with potential impact investors.


Companies Must:

  • Have been in operations for 2+ years  
  • Be commercially viable (i.e. does not rely on grants) or can demonstrate that commercial viability is achievable within a likely expansion scenario
  • Have clear impact focus or orientation, whether social or environmental or company involves people living at the base of the pyramid as customers, retailers, distributors of suppliers (at least 25% of revenue or income comes from BOP)
  • Not have raised more than US$5M externally  
  • seek ticket size between US$200,000 – US$5m 
  • Commit senior company executives (preferably the CEO) to take a substantial role in training and matching activities.

Note: Companies must be addressing social and or environmental issues in sectors such as  Health, Education, Agriculture, Renewable/Clean Energy, Financial Inclusion, Transportation, Job Creation or other key issues confronting Nigeria. Companies must be providing essential services to vulnerable people at the base of the pyramid.

Who should apply?

SMEs/Impact enterprises/Inclusive businesses
or any for-profit social purpose companies.

If you are an Investor, Fund Manager, Venture Capitalist, Asset Manager, Government Official, and part of the general public interested in social impact, and enterprise development, and interested in attending this Deal Summit, click the link below to register

Are you looking to invest in a company?
Contact Our Matchmaker on 0808 360 2223 or matchmaker@impactinvestorsfoundation.org


(Investors only)

Key Dates

Applications close: Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 at 12 midnight (WAT)

Selections announced: September 2022

Deal Summit: November 2nd, 2022


The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), a global initiative supporting the scaling and replication of inclusive business models. Through its strategic approach iBAN supports companies with tailor-made investment readiness programmes and develops national inclusive business policy strategies with policymakers. iBAN is jointly co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Impact Investors Foundation is a non-profit organization founded through a partnership involving Bank of Industry, African Capital Alliance, Business Day Media Ltd, Dalberg Advisors and Ford Foundation, with the overarching goal of accelerating the growth and excellence of impact investing in Nigeria.

Open Capital is a management consulting and financial advisory firm founded in 2010 with a mission to advance African economies and build future generations of business leaders.

Since 2010, we have helped businesses, investors, and development partners in over 25 countries analyze and adapt to rapidly changing and growing markets by providing world class consulting services. Our team brings deep experience from hundreds of engagements across Africa, supporting a range of clients from local SMEs to Fortune 100 corporates, global foundations, and governments. Our team comes from top consultancies, private equity firms, investment banks, and development organizations.