East Africa Venture Capital Association - EAVCA
1. Could you briefly introduce your institution?The East Africa
Venture Capital Association ("EAVCA") was founded in 2013 to represent the private equity industry in East Africa and provide a voice for industry players to raise awareness and engage on regional policy matters. The association will offer training with more localized content, targeting more junior team members, furthermore offering networking opportunities as well as seeking to capture industry data and statistics. EAVCA is seeking to bridge the knowledge gap between the public and private sector on the importance of the asset class and the impact the nascent industry can have on growing enterprises and the development of our economies. MISSION STATEMENT: "EAVCA will provide authoritative knowledge and information critical to its members and to drive the development of the industry in East Africa's nascent Private Equity sector." OUR OBJECTIVES: Advocacy:
- To raise awareness of the industry and its impact on economic development in East Africa.
- To bridge the knowledge gap between the public and private sectors on the impact of private equity on growing enterprises.
- To give the industry a better voice in order to influence policy makers within the government and other institutions
- To help the industry gain more clarity on challenges experienced within the region and how these can be improved.
- To provide investors with much needed information such as research material and statistics in order to enable them to make more informed decisions on where to invest and why.
- To provide more support to GPs when fundraising.
- To provide industry players with networking opportunities aimed at allowing them to discuss and debate the challenges and solutions to investing in the region.
- To generate co-investment opportunities by bringing regional players together.
- To promote East Africa as an attractive investment destination.
- To provide exclusive networking opportunities for staff.
- To develop the industry through trainings tailored specifically to the East African region allowing them to expand on their knowledge and enabling skills transfer.
- To provide local talent the opportunity to gain global technical expertise.