IFC supports early-stage ventures in developing countries that are creating new markets, transforming industries, and driving inclusive growth while realizing strong returns. By investing in best-in-class entrepreneurs and partnering with top-tier venture capital (VC) funds, we support the creation of a tech-enabled venture asset class across emerging markets that fosters private sector growth.
IFC takes a holistic approach—from ecosystem building to investing directly in ventures and VC funds—with combinations of commercial and concessional capital, and technical advisory services—to identify, incubate, and scale business models that can have significant impact. IFC’s current portfolio focuses on Internet-related Business Models driving the transition to the digital economy in priority sectors—digital health, ecommerce, e-logistics, e-supply chain, edtech and agtech—all aiming at reducing cost, increasing quality, and expanding access.
With one of the largest footprints in emerging markets, we offer growth and expansion capital, local and sector knowledge, and connections to a global network of other clients and portfolios, as well as an understanding of regulations and local domains. We aim to be a long-term partner to the ventures we support.
e-Conomy Africa 2020
A Collaboration between IFC and Google
Fueled by a growing and increasingly urbanized population, the African internet economy has the potential to contribute up to $180 billion to the continent’s GDP by 2025.
In a first-ever collaboration between IFC and Google, the e-Conomy Africa 2020 report surveys the continent’s internet landscape and details how tech entrepreneurs are creating a resilient and transformative digital economy that is helping boost innovation, create jobs, and reduce poverty.
Increasing connectivity in Africa
Helping Africa Connect
Talent Without Borders