World Bank’s IFC Launches New Venture Capital Platform to Invest in Tech Startups29. November 2022
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has launched a new US$225 million venture capital platform to invest in early stage companies in Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, and Pakistan.
According to the IFC, these regions collectively received less than two percent of the US$643 billion in global venture capital funding in 2021.
Furthermore, tech ecosystems outside of the region’s more established markets such as Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, and South Africa are either nascent or nonexistent.
Through the new platform, the IFC will make equity or equity-like investments in tech startups and help them grow into scalable ventures that can attract mainstream equity and debt financing.
The IFC will also collaborate with other World Bank Group teams to create and bolster venture capital ecosystems through regulatory reforms, sector analyses, and other tools.
The IFC, through existing initiatives such as the IFC Startup Catalyst Programme, has so far invested in companies such as Toters, an on-demand delivery platform in Lebanon and Iraq.
“IFC’s Venture Capital Platform will help tech companies and entrepreneurs expand during a time of capital shortage, creating scalable investment opportunities and backing countries’ efforts to build transformative tech ecosystems,”
said Makhtar Diop, IFC’s Managing Director.
This article also appeared on Fintech News Africa.