Who Invests in Africa? Meet Africa’s Top Investors

Africa Investors

Over the last few years, Africa has witnessed a surge in entrepreneurial activities that, in turn, led to an increase in the number of investors on the continent. As a result, a diverse range of innovative businesses have emerged, grabbing the interest of markets, investors, and people everywhere. It seems like African startups have more hope than ever for the future.

According to the 2022 Statista report, the fintech sector received the largest share of funding from investors compared to other sectors. The fintech sector received 38%, followed by the cleantech sector, which received 15%, and logistics, which received 12%.

All this was thanks to leveraging innovative digital services, which increased both international and local investors’ overall funding value from less than $190 million in 2015 to $2 billion in 2021.

According to experts, there is a probability that Africa will see the arrival of more investors in the coming years. So if you are a budding business owner looking for probable investors, here are some lists, according to AFSIC – Investing in Africa.

17 Asset Management

17 Asset Management is a privately held, international asset management firm that creates, implements, and oversees financial plans for a wide range of clients. The company’s specialty is blended finance, along with other cutting-edge financing techniques designed to minimize risk and boost return on investment for clients.

Its goal is to align the financial goals of its clients with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To align its clients’ financial interests with the demands of the SDG in each of its operational nations, 17 AM collaborates with both local stakeholders and global asset owners. We operate in both established and developing markets. Several Africa-based funds are presently in the design phase; two of them are healthcare and climate change-related.

54 Capital

Africa is the primary focus of the private equity asset management company: 54 Capital. It is currently the biggest financial investor in Ethiopia, having made equity investments of more than $160 million during the past four years.

These years of experience exposed the company to a wide range of FMCG subsectors in Ethiopia, including medicines and edible oil, soap and detergent, flour and pasta, dairy, and mineral water.

A.P.Moller Capital

Through investments in African infrastructure, A.P. Moller Capital creates and enables investment opportunities in Africa. Its goal is to promote prosperity and sustained economic progress throughout the continent.

The fund focuses on infrastructure projects related to energy and power, such as distribution centres, roadways, rail, and other areas that require substantial new investments.


Acumen is investing in businesses, leaders, and ideas to transform the way the world addresses poverty. The company provides funds to companies whose goods and services help the underprivileged improve their quality of life.

Since its inception in 2001, Acumen has invested over $124 million in 122 businesses in Africa, Latin America, the USA, and South Asia. Currently, the company is building a global network of up-and-coming leaders who have the know-how, aptitude, and resolve to make the world a more inclusive place.

 Advance Global Capital Ltd

Advance Global Capital Limited is a global impact investment management firm that works with investors who seek measurable, positive impact that is consistent with their beliefs as well as risk-adjusted market-rate returns.

Its flagship fund invests money in underprivileged areas across the globe, provides partners with specialized finance, and offers SMEs flexible working capital options so they may expand and keep having a positive impact on their local economies.

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