Is your business working to address a social challenge and are you seeking capital to address any or a combination of the Sustainable Development Goals? If yes, please apply for the 2022 Impact Investors Foundation (IIF) Investment Readiness Programme for Inclusive Business companies, funded by the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN).

To address Africa’s socio-economic 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 the development needs of the Continent through innovative financing and implementation approaches. IIF and iBAN supports this vision by providing investment readiness and acceleration services to inclusive business combine  financial success with positive social change.

We are launching an Investment Readiness Programme to provide the inclusive business companies development support required to grow and scale their enterprise. 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.  
  • Impact management & measurement.  

The four-month accelerator is designed around the specific needs of each participating business and focused exclusively on their investment readiness. Companies that have successfully completed the program and are ready to pitch to investors will be invited to the 2022 IIF Annual Deal Summit.

They will have the opportunity to present their company to national and international impact investors from the IIF network. This is a unique opportunity to learn from leading experts and to be exposed to a network of local and international investors all free of charge.


  • 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;
  • Network with a range of providers of impact capital from across the world;
  • Small training cohort of only 15 companies and additional individual coaching.
  • Get the opportunity to pitch your company at the IIF Annual Deal Summit; and
  • Become part of the IIF pipeline and benefit from ongoing matchmaking activities.


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 social impact focus by involving the people living at the base of the pyramid as customers, employees, retailers, distributors of supplies (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.


Who should apply?


SMEs, Inclusive businesses, and for-profit social enterprises.

We welcome you to complete the application form .  PLEASE NOTE , Your company must have a clear inclusive business orientation that solves a social problem or integrate the BOP in your value chain.

Are you looking to invest in a company?
Contact: 08083602223 


Key Dates

Applications open: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Applications close: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Accelerator program events: June – September 2022

Deal Summit: November 9, 2022


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.

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 funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. An earlier phase of this project (01/2017 – 12/2021) was supported by the European Union.

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