On Monday the 5th of December, the EEP programme organised its first Investor Forum in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The objective of the event was to bring EEP project developers who are looking for post-EEP investment in their company or project(s) in contact with potential investors.
Each of the 16 EEP projects represented at the Forum was requested to give an “elevator pitch” of three minutes maximum to the investors present. The aim of these pitches was to introduce the project developer and the investment sought for and to entice the investors present to have a further discussion.
Similarly all eight investors made a short presentation of their organisations and funding appetite.
The atmosphere was full of anticipation which was released into lively discussions and energy when the meetings got underway between the interesting and innovative project developers and interested investors.
After the introductions one-on-one meetings were held between project developers and investors. The one-on-one matchmaking was facilitated by the EEP team prior to the Forum based on the input from the project developers and the investors to ensure valuable meetings and interactions. Finally, based on interest aroused by the pitching session, a second round of meetings was facilitated to guarantee that the interests of project developers and investors were met.
During the day close to 80 formal matchmaking meetings were organised. In addition, numerous informal discussion between the different stakeholders took place.
The feedback received from both the EEP project developers and the investors was highly positive and encouraging. The Forum was found extremely useful in making the first contacts, and a substantial number of follow-up discussions have already been planned!
“Extremely beneficial. There was real appetite from four investors. It was also very good to connect with the EEP team.” -Project Developer
The Investor Forum in Johannesburg was the first of its kind organised by EEP. Based on its success, EEP has decided to organise a second Investor Forum in Nairobi in May 2017. Please ensure to follow us through our newsletter and social media to stay informed on the upcoming details.
“Very beneficial – got exposure to projects that could potentially qualify for our funding.” –Investor