Driving the development and growth of sustainable businesses in Africa

About


About About
BusinessMinds has been identifying, maturing and developing opportunities, projects and new businesses in Africa since 2004.

We have extensive experience across many sectors in the water-energy-food nexus and work across the full agricultural value chain from primary production to fast moving consumer goods, including renewable energy and sustainable water management. We aim to create and implement innovative business models that are at the leading edge of sustainable development practice.

We live in an interconnected world – economically, socially and environmentally – and we need interconnected solutions. BusinessMinds believes that a holistic approach to value creation with true sustainable development as the ultimate goal is the only way to generate additional value economically, socially and environmentally and therefore improve the quality, resilience and long-term viability of a venture. We apply a resilience approach to sustainability focussing on how to build capacity to deal with unexpected change.

Our aim is to bring the principles of sustainable development into the DNA of the private sector – to make these principles “business-as-usual”

We believe in creating Shared Value.

What we do


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

We support the development of new innovative businesses. We initiate and lead these projects ourselves or we partner with others - in either case we are comfortable taking on risk during the development stage and our strategy is to remain actively committed for the long-term.

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ADVISORY SERVICES

We also support and advise others to deliver their initiatives or to help resolve their complex challenges, by bringing our tools and processes, our expertise and experience and our extensive professional network to bear. We work across both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

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INVESTMENT

We invest not only our time in innovative projects and businesses but also our money. Our investment focus is on supporting early stage ventures to mature them to the point that they can attract funding from the mainstream impact finance community.

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Portfolio companies


africaJUICE

africaJUICE is a fruit growing and processing business in Ethiopia and was the first Fairtrade certified tropical fruit growing and processing business in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Power Ventures Africa

PV Africa delivers renewable energy solutions for businesses in Africa, reducing their emissions and making them more productive, efficient and energy-independent.

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Bloom Accelerator

BLOOM invests in early stage agricultural, food & beverage businesses and combines capital with strategic advice, sector expertise and our African operational experience.

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Truluv

Founded in 2016, TruLuv Granola produces and distributes premium, all-natural granola snacks to fuel health-conscious folks on-the-go in Ethiopia and is now diversifying its product range and expanding into new markets.

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Eshet foods

LEIPET is a woman-founded and managed business in Ethiopia that produces healthy, all-natural, traditional cooking sauces to bring more convenience to Ethiopean households.

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africaFISH

africaFISH is a venture developed by BusinessMinds, as a response to the significant and growing deficit in fish supply in Africa which has resulted in the proportion of fish protein in African diets falling in many countries.

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Our team


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BusinessMinds was established and is managed by individuals with both commercial and not-for-profit experience.

We have extensive and direct experience in the challenges of starting and growing businesses in Africa.

Cross-functional experts by background and experience, our team is highly skilled at interpreting complex situations and making meaningful connections between seemingly disparate factors in order to create practical action plans and deliver genuine progress. Each is personally committed to - and professionally capable of - successfully combining commercial, technical, social, political and environmental considerations to create sustainable solutions and developing effective organisations to deliver these solutions.

Our tools & processes


OPPORTUNITY FRAMING

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RISK MANAGEMENT

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VALUE ASSURANCE

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VENTURE SETUP

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STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT

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POST IMPLEMENTATION REVIEW

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Contact


  •  +31 70 392 7894
  •  info@businessminds.eu
  •  ............................................................................................................................................................. BusinessMinds is located in Bink36, Unit M144, Binckhorstlaan 36, 2516BE, The Hague, The Netherlands ............................................................................................................................................................. BusinessMinds is registered at above address under company number 27272128 VAT/BTW registration number: NL8139.46.074.B01