Jacana is an African private equity firm that invests in SMEs to deliver sustainable financial and social returns. Find out more…
Investing in SME growth in Africa
Jacana Partners is a pan-African private equity company that invests in entrepreneurs, builds successful small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and delivers sustainable financial and social returns. We do this because we are passionate about entrepreneurs as the key drivers of job creation and long-term economic development in Africa. Click here to read more
Jacana was founded in 2008 by a group of UK entrepreneurs and philanthropists who, having achieved success in business, wanted to harness their skills and experience to support economic growth in Africa. The four Jacana co-founders share a background in private equity, venture capital and entrepreneurialism. Click here to read more
A scalable business model
Our geographic footprint spans six markets to date: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in East Africa and Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa, and we have several more markets in the pipeline. Click here to read more
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Business top tips
Expansion: consider all your options
As you expand, look at the case for equity finance as an alternative to bank finance: a private equity firm can be a valuable partner in your business and strengthening your equity base means you can also prudently take on more debt.
Ezra Musoke, Partner, East Africa
Initial growth: management teams
We like owners or CEOs who have the ability to hire and retain very good individuals who, together, make strong management teams.
Barnaby Terry, Investment Director, West Africa
Start-ups: simplicity is key
When planning your new business, you need to focus on a simple product or service that has a clear value proposition and business model.
Christian Opoku Biney, Senior Investment Manager