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SME Finance Expert Forum

A forum to discuss how do we can reach the missing middle and bridge the gap between start up support and full-fledged equity participation.

When: Monday, 8th June 2015
Noon-6 PM
Where: Hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski
Chiromo Road
Nairobi, Villa Rosa Kempinski 
Contact: Mary Mwangi

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The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the East African Venture Capital Association  (EAVCA), cordially invite you to


An Expert Forum on SME Finance

"How do we reach the missing middle and bridge the gap between start up support and full-fledged equity participation?"


Date: Monday, 8th June 2015 - Time: 12.30-7.30PM

Venue: Villa Rosa Kempinski - Location: Chiromo Road, Nairobi


The entrepreneurial ecosystem study commissioned by the DGGF will provide new insights on key obstacles, bottlenecks and opportunities faced by Kenyan entrepreneurs in accessing adequate finance for growing their businesses. This forum will provide an opportunity for ANDE and EAVCA members as well as relevant stakeholders to engage and share insights on new emerging SME finance initiatives and elaborate on potential solutions to bridge the gap between start up support and full-fledged equity participation. The DGGF is particularly keen to explore opportunities to support the implementation of innovative solutions to close the gap. Solutions brought forward during the forum to help bridge the gap will be further assessed for funding support from the DGGF.

 Draft Agenda:

12.30: Lunch


13.25: Opening by Steven Evers, Managing Director, Triple Jump


13.30: Welcome address by H.E. Joost Reintjes, Ambassador of Royal Dutch Embassy in Kenya


13.45: Setting the stage- Rationale, Objectives and structure facilitated by Jenny Everett, Deputy Director, ANDE


14.00: Key note contribution: Presentation of first findings from in-depth entrepreneurial ecosystem study by Stefanie Bauer, Senior Manager, Intellecap


14.30: Break-out sessions

Strengthening the Venture Capital ecosystem for fast growing enterprises, facilitated by Niraj Varia, Investment Director, Novastar Ventures  Integrating business support and patient risk-finance to increase the success rate of Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs), facilitated by Rishi Khubchandani, Investment Executive, GroFin Kenya Facilitating Angel Investment for Venture growth, facilitated by Ben White, Founder, VC4Africa


16.00: Coffee Break


16.30: Closing panel, facilitated by Jenny Everett, Deputy Director, ANDE

·         “Empowering local entrepreneurs to foster SMEs’ success and growth in Kenya”: sharing the entrepreneur’s, investor’s and Government’s perspectives and experiences around the theme of

·         Pitching Innovative solutions to close the finance gap: identified during the breakout sessions

·         Reflecting on solutions put forward

·         Wrapping up including sharing guidelines to apply for DGGF funding and next steps for ANDE and EAVCA Networks’ activities


18.00: Networking Cocktail


The event is linked to the EAVCA Annual Conference and aims to bring together the ANDE and EAVCA networks to explore joint business opportunities. The Dutch Good Growth Fund is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Registration for this forum is closed.