The first West Africa Deal Summit ‘Conversations that move Catalytic Capital for Impact”.
The summit was organised by Impact Investing Ghana, Nigeria National Advisory Board for Impact Investing, Impact Investing Task Forces in Burkina Faso, Senegal and strategic partners.
ScaleUp Africa, a Founding Member of Ghana’s National Advisory Board for Impact Investing, supported in the Planning Committee for the Summit which convened a Global Audience of grantmakers, DFIs and Donors to explore how global capital can be used to enable West African SMEs, shifting attention back onto the continent, building up the ecoystem and promoting job creation.
The Summit also saw the launch of Deal Source Africa, and program designed at bridging the $331 billion funding gap for African SMEs.
In 2021, together with Global Utmaning, Reach For Change launched the Women Leaders Anthology - a collection of voices, data and insights on empowering female entrepreneurs and their importance in the transition towards sustainable societies. The authors of the anthology are social entrepreneurs, investors, civil society representatives and researchers.
Chapter 2 co-authored by our CEO Sofia Breitholtz and ScaleUp Africa’s CEO Amma Gyampo, focuses on investing in women and social enterprises as a great catalyst for change.
In 2021, Reach for Change added members from Ethiopia and Ghana to their advisory board, including ScaleUp Africa’s CEO Amma Gyampo. In this role, the aim is to pursue the agenda of a more Connected Development, where the most dynamic Social Enterprises and Market Creating SMEs are supported by long term partnerships. Here, Amma advises this leading Social Enterprise Network and Accelerator on:
Ecosystem Building, Social Procurement, Social Enterprise and Development, Sustainable Business Models, Gender and Youth Economic Development Strategy, Innovation and Tech, AgrTech, ESG, Creative Industry
Partnering for Change started as an initiative in 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden to gather doers and thinkers from different sectors to discuss and share insights and inspiration about how to work together to solve pressing social issues.
On March 28th 2023, together with the BMW Foundation, Reach for Change, ScaleUp Africa and the global team gathered over 75 local and international partners, social innovators, business leaders, investors, and development partners in Ghana.
The dialogue focused on catalysing the work of local social entrepreneurs for job creation and on using cross-sector partnerships to boost Ghana’s startup and impact ecosystem.
F-LANE Accelerator for Female Empowerment
F-LANE is a five-week virtual acceleration programme for early-stage female entrepreneurs with ambitious outcomes to drive change by empowering women. It is put into practice by the Vodafone Institute.
ScaleUp Africa helped implement the Accelerator providing coaching services.
This project taps into Vodafone’s global community of over 300 experienced and renowned corporate mentors to help entrepreneurs in emerging markets deliver consistent Impact outcomes.
Despite the fact that Ghana and Africa have some of the highest rates of female participation in the SME sector in the world, women remain relatively ill-equipped to scale up their businesses to create much needed jobs and economic growth.
There is a growing demand on the global export market for creative goods come from artisans in the ‘Global South’ however the sector continues to Underperform due to fragmentation, quality and even gender based social factors which limit incomes, profits and outcomes for the women
In partnership with Woven, ScaleUp Africa has been able to support 70 women with grants, technical and quality control training, business education – Improving their livelihoods through Woven’s online digital export platform for the North American market and the use of digital financial services. This project improved the livelihoods of these women and strengthened the supply chain of Woven Worldwide.
ESOKO - AgriTech
Boosting Profits For Female-Led Micro Agribusinesses With
Digital & Financial Literacy Tools
During this programme with ESOKO, ScaleUp Africa trained almost 300 micro enterprises in the Agriculture sector on the full potential of the mobile phone. Due to low literacy rates, most agribusinesses are unable to access information pertaining to Climate, Market Pricing etc, limiting their productivity and profitability.
Training content featured different mobile money, information, operational procedures and scenarios in the local language - enabling the women to leverage their mobile phones as a Business Tool for the first time.
Access to digital credit services and market information like commodity prices were some important outcomes of the since most of these women. The project enabled them to make informed decisions about when, where and at what price to sell their commodities - using their mobile phone to access real time market price information from district and regional markets to increase their profits.
Opportunities For Women
New, Green Economy
OFW is a programme focused on strengthening development Outcomes - enabling traditional leaders and young women in urban and peri-urban communities with the tools, skills, training, services (digital skills, basic literacy and soft skills, technical, food processing and value addition, circular economy models for alternative livelihoods) to improve their ability to contribute towards the New Economy.
ScaleUp Africa partners with leading local innovators, Associations and sector specific non-profits to create a capacity building and affiliate networks to drive value, safeguard women and girls through skills and entrepreneurship development opportunities.
The programme aims to build skills and micro entrepreneurship opportunities in the following fields: AgriTech, FinTech, Renewable Energy, Creative, Artisanal, Green industries
YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2021
SME Engagement, Branding and Communications
Funded by the UNDP, KOICA and other partners, the 2021 edition was hosted by Ghana and took place in Accra with over 14 African Ministers of Youth and 2 Presidents on the bill. Theme: Positioning the Youth for the Post-COVID Economy and AfCFTA Opportunities.
ScaleUp Africa was engaged to head up Communications, Gender and Youth Entrepreneurship Advisory to get more women and youth aware of new opportunities in the Digital, Creative and Green sectors
Role: National Organizing Committee, Ministerial Advisory on Communications, Gender, and Youth SME Engagement
100 Women in Green Construction & Climate Adaptation
ScaleUp Africa mobilised and sponsored 100 female artisans across Ghana to upgrade their skills, provide alternative sources of income and the opportunity to learn about the emerging demand for Green Skills across the various trades.
Our consultants were able to assist various artisan groups to support their female members to become more self reliant and generate more internal revenues.
100 Young Women In Leather Works
Alternative Livelihoods, Gender Safeguarding,
Product Marketing and Business Basics
Leatherworks if a male dominated field and this training was designed to provide highly practical and relevant for these seamstresses to diversify their skills and capacity to earn more to protect themselves from the impact of economic hardship such as abuse and violence.
It was also designed to strengthen the leatherworks value chain through incorporating Diversity and technical capacity of a new generation of leatherwork artisans.
These female beneficiaries are now earning more income, have access to a more diverse, male client base and are gearing up for follow up capacity building opportunities.
‘If you educate a man you educate an individual. If you educate a woman you educate a nation ' African Proverb
100 African Women In AgriBusiness
‘Green’ Agric, Food Processing and Product Marketing Capacity Building
African women make up almost 50% of the agricultural labour force in Africa making them the main producers of food. However they are often excluded from market access opportunities and profits along the value chain.
ScaleUp Africa provided sponsorship for 2 cohorts of Ghanaian women for practical skills training which covered practical food processing skills training, marketing, business and financial skills, food safety basics for what Agribusiness women need to know in order to sell their products on the domestic market.
This was an opportunity to teach more women in Agriculture How to reduce post harvest losses, improve competitiveness and livelihoods.
Many of the women were able to translate this training into immediate Income generation the very week they finished the course.
We have advised and run a number of capacity building programmes and provided technical assistance for SMEs including the Survival Series, designed and implemented to provide SME Emergency support during the height of COVID 19.
ScaleUp Africa was one of the first entrepreneurial support companies in Africa to 'go virtual' to meet the critical support needs of SMEs across Africa. We served over 2000 SMEs during this critical period.
Professionalising 14 National Women’s Groups And Associations With Over 1m Members
Due to the socio-economic impact of the Pandemic, Climate Change and a challenging economy, many women are subjected to Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Health Problems and Poverty.
Role: Design, Implementation of Capacity Building, Training, Technical Assistance activities to improve the productivity of these Agriculture sector associations. Grant making to several informal sector Groups to support the provision of basic productive assets and value added activities.
ScaleUp Africa’s extensive network of female founders, advisors and Consultants were deployed to assist various groups and community associations to become more self reliant and generate their own internal revenues.
Providing group and individual coaching to enable the beneficiaries to build capacity, boost productivity and access credit facilities to better support the membership base of these mainly rural and women-based organisations.
Freezelink Agro ColdChain Summit
Promoting “Africa’s Horticultural Highway”
ScaleUp Africa and private firm, Freezelink partnered to boost the ecosystem around Horticulture segment of Agriculture. The Summit and a series of National Seminars brought together key stakeholders in the pharmaceutical, fruit and vegetable export sectors.
The discussions touched on how Youth and Female jobs could be created by increased fruit and vegetable production and exports for Ghana; and the reason why African fruit and vegetable exports, on average earn 55% below the global price for the same produce.
Role: Event Management and Logistics, Stakeholder Engagement, Policy & Research
ScaleUp Africa’s proximity to local Agribusinessess, Communities, Non-Profits, Associations, Advisors, Policy Makers and other ecosystem actors enabled the client to realise their strategic and tactical objectives with this summit and series of national seminars.
IGNITE Pan-African Business Festival
ScaleUp Africa has had success in providing knowledge sharing, capacity building, technical assistance, financial inclusion, market access, value chain and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs of African descent globally.
With digital content including the ‘Survival Series’ to support SMEs transition at the start of the COVID 19 pandemic to a series of SME and Female-Founder focused workshops during its flagship Pan-African virtual Business Festival, IGNITE which attracted over 3000 attendees from Africa and the Diaspora.
ScaleUp Africa’s approach is based on building ecosystems , impactful partnerships and networks to contribute towards African Development. Sectors: Creative, Agriculture, Tech, Social Enterprise and Venture Capital.
National TV Production, Entrepreneurship Education and Climate Action for Youth
Capacity Building For 10,000 Women-Led MSMEs
Due to the socio-economic impact of the climate change, the European Union and the Government of Ghana developed this platform to educate and encourage Green Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Climate Adaptation in Ghana.
ScaleUp Africa was onboarded to support identification and selection of the entrepreneurs (especially women) to be featured and supported. We have also collaborated with local organisations to train disadvantaged young women on practical waste management skills and opportunities.
Concept: Televised Entrepreneurship Show on GhOne TV in Ghana: GhC65,000 Prize For winning Sustainable Green Business
Due to the socio-economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, MSMEs in Africa were ill-equipped to adapt to the new normal.
Role: Project Gender Lead, Design, Implementation of Capacity Building, Training, Technical Assistance project activities. Monitoring and Evaluation. MSME application and scoring review processes, selection, monitoring and evaluation of women-led MSMEs. Working with various community based organisations to improve or offer alternative skills and livelihood options for women.
$2m COVID Entrepreneurship Resilience and Recovery Programme reached women- led MSMEs across Ghana; tapping into ScaleUp Africa’s extensive network of female founders, advisors and consultants
2 year project to support and train 10,000 MSMEs with impact on job -creation, social and cultural norms, livelihoods and access to new digital markets
ScaleUp Africa is a women-led social justice non-profit – a locally-led development partner and grantmaker helping global donors and philanthropists diversify and scale real impact. We are committed to mobilizing resources and providing technical support to historically underfunded Global African champions, changemakers and collectives towards exponential systems change.