Mirepa Capital SME Fund I (MCSFI) has reached an Initial Close after securing funds from local institutions, including the Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF), Petra Trust, Axis Pensions, and CAL Asset Management Company Limited (CAMCOL). The fund was launched on Thursday, 27th July at the ENSafrica office in Cantonments, Accra.
The Fund is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Ghana and focuses on light manufacturing, technology, and cleantech businesses within the following sectors: agribusiness (emphasis on agro-processing), education, healthcare, financial services, and business services (including industrial and mining support).
Mirepa Investment Advisors is dedicated to making a positive impact through MCSFI investments, and will actively seek opportunities to support and empower portfolio businesses to be inclusive and female-friendly. The Fund will play a crucial role in creating jobs, driving economic prosperity, and fostering sustainable development in Ghana by investing in high-growth SMEs
Mirepa Investment Advisors is grateful for the trust and support shown by its investors and looks forward to working closely with Ghana’s SMEs to create a lasting impact on the nation’s economic landscape.
Mirepa Investment Advisors’ maiden fund, Mirepa Capital SME Fund I (MCSFI), which was recently licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ghana (SEC) as a Private Equity/Venture Capital Fund, has secured catalytic capital of GHS 10M from the Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF). The CEO, Mr Samuel Yeboah, and Ms Enyonam Kakane, a Principal and Executive Director of Impact Investing at Mirepa Investment Advisors Ltd. (MIA), signed the warehouse agreement on Wed, 09.11.2022 at the office of VCTF in Accra.
The funds from the warehouse agreement will enable the fund manager, Mirepa Investment Advisors Ltd., to begin investments in pipeline companies while they work towards the initial close for MCSFI. Target sectors for The Fund are agribusiness, education, healthcare, business services (including industrial and mining support), and financial services, with an allocation for strong businesses outside of these sectors. Overarching sector lenses for investments are light manufacturing, technology, and cleantech/climate change mitigation.
Congratulations to the MIA team on achieving this milestone.
This past month Mirepa received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Ghana for its fund Mirepa Capital SME Fund I (MCSFI). This brings the total of locally domiciled Private Equity/Venture Capital funds approved by the regulator to 3 (according to information on its website).
MCSFI is a fund domiciled in Ghana that will provide patient risk capital to early-stage businesses and SMEs that are committed to job creation, sustainable practices (climate impact) and strong participation of women in the workforce. The fund will focus on light manufacturing and technology businesses in sectors that provide basic and essential services (Agribusiness, Education, Financial Services and Healthcare).
The fund is managed by Mirepa Investment Advisors, a SEC regulated investment advisor with the mandate to manage private equity and venture capital funds in Ghana.
The key SDG areas for this fund are:
Two principals of Mirepa Investment Advisors, Samuel Yeboah and Enyonam Kakane, joined over forty other members of the Early Stage Capital Providers (ESCP) network at the annual convening organized by the Collaborative for Frontier Finance (CFF). The convening which was held in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania brought together local capital providers (LCPs) primarily from sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
The 2-day gathering provided peer learning opportunities for participating LCPs. The program also provide the LCPs the chance to interact with investors including some DFIs, foundations and family offices. The convening also provided the venue for the official announcement of FSD Africa’s Investment’s £8 million investment into the Nyala Venture vehicle, a catalytic facility supporting Local Capital Providers to finance Small and Growing Businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.
This convening was the second in-person meeting organized by the CFF since its inception. The 2021 convening was held virtually due to covid-19 restrictions. Both Enyonam and Samuel are part of different working groups of the ESCP, with Samuel being a recent member of the network’s steering group, a role he played for 2 years.
Mirepa Investment Advisors (MIA) received approval for its Investment Advisory (IA) License from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Ghana this past month. The license was issued by the regulator to MIA specifically to carry out the business of managing private equity and venture capital funds.
The IA license is currently the first step in the regulatory process to being authorized to manage a private fund in Ghana. The next step for MIA is to file for approval from the SEC for the respective funds it wants to manage. The SEC license and approvals allows MIA to manage locally domiciled funds that source capital from local institutional investors such as the pension funds.
Mirepa Investment Advisors (MIA), this month, got accepted to the FMO Capital Launch program being managed by the Collaborative for Frontier Finance (CFF). The program selected 10 local capital providers (LCPs), emerging fund management teams raising their maiden fund.
According CFF, the program will support the cohort of fund managers through a year-long program of training, mentoring, investment readiness, and linking to investors. The objective of the program is for fund managers to be in a position to present to a select group of institutional investors with an investment-ready proposition by the end. The initiative is funded by FMO.
Mirepa’s investment team, MIA, is made of a very strong balance of principals and analysts with complimentary experience and skill set including private equity track record, enterprise development and support experience, entrepreneurial success as well as strong operations background. The team expects this program to help it better articulate its track record and identify mission-aligned investors.
The Mirepa team welcomed Princess Marie Esienam Agbenorto. Esienam is a licensed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representative who will be working as an analyst with the Mirepa Investment Advisors team. In her role, she will be primarily responsible for supporting the finance and back office operations in addition to carrying out the functions of an investment analyst.
Esienam joins the team after obtaining a dual masters degree in International Business and Business Analytics from the Hult International Business School in the UK. She obtained her undergraduate business degree from the University of Ghana (Legon).
December 15, 2021
Barbara Ghansah joins the Mirepa Investment Advisors board of directors. Barbara is a finance professional who brings over 20 years’ experience in the banking, management consulting and impact investment (particularly agricultural financing) industries. She has worked extensively with SMEs, particularly with agribusinesses in Ghana and other West African countries.
She is very well known in Ghana’s agribusiness sector and has worked collaboratively with several agricultural support organisations, programs and projects, including Ghana’s Ministry of Agriculture, USAID’s FinGAP and ADVANCE, UKAID’s MADE, Technoserve and AGRA. She holds a Masters of Arts in Economic Policy Management, University of Ghana.
Barbara’s addition to the Mirepa Investment Advisors board reinforces the company’s commitment to excellence in SME investing as well as our gender lens investment strategy.
This month, Mirepa Investment Advisors was privileged to have two very accomplished ladies in the enterprise development and financing space join its board. Grace Anim-Yeboah and Ruka Sanusi, both share Mirepa’s mission of driving social economic gains through effective and sustainable enterprise development.
Grace is the Business Banking Director at Absa Ghana and Ruka is the Executive Director of the Ghana Climate Innovation Center. The two collectively have over 45 years experience in the banking, consulting/advisory as well as SME support and financing in Africa.