On 13 June 2019, the East Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EAVCA) hosted the 5th Annual Private Equity in East Africa Conference at The Sheraton, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Centred on the theme Creating and Capturing Value through Private Investment, this year’s conference sought to probe the structure and role of funds in fulfilling the investment needs in the market, whilst diving into the barriers in the investment environment. With increased early-stage investing in the region, the convening also hosted conversations on Scaling Access to Finance for early-stage entrepreneurs in East Africa with a focus on trends, highlights and challenges unique to the ecosystem; plus additional dynamic sessions on the role of Mezzanine & Private Debt as sources of growth capital, investing in female-led businesses, value creation strategies & best practices for private equity in East Africa, technology, jobs & the future of work, and a lot more.
The association was honoured to be joined by key guests, H.E Dr Eyob Tekalign Tolina, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Finance & Economic Development and H.E Abebe Abebayehu Chekol, Investment Commissioner at the Ethiopian Investment Commission.
Software Technologies was honoured to be a gold sponsor and our Operations Director, Mr Chets Mukherjee, spoke about Good Corporate Governance in the Digital Age where he highlighted the different types of boards, the importance of compliance and evaluations in a board and also automation of board processes for effective governance. This year’s conference marked the association’s fifth year of the renowned event, with over 250 from various sectors including; pension funds, commercial banks, private equity and venture capital funds, impact investors, high net worth investors, business owners, industry associations, government officials and regulators attending.