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
Know your strengths
Look for patient value-added capital that will round out your weaknesses. We expect you to have the vision and the domain expertise to get started- together we can then build up the execution team together.
Robert Jenkins, Investment Director, East Africa
Key Performance Indicators
Choose less than five key performance indicators that best reflect your business and measure them on a timely basis. You wouldn’t fly an aeroplane without instruments after all.
Stephen Antwi Asimeng, Partner, West Africa
If things obviously aren’t working in a part of your business, act quickly and cut your losses. A half-hearted approach to important business decisions wastes time and money.
Paul Fitzsimons, Investment Director, West Africa
Know your audience
The first thing you need to understand when starting a business is your customer market. What is their problem and what is your solution to that problem? It is a proven fact that people will pay a premium for a unique offering which makes their life simpler.
Anthony Gichini, Partner, East Africa