Ignite Investment is Ethiopia’s first and Africa’s unique equity crowdfunding platform for facilitating financing for Ethiopian SMEs and startups. The platform aims to address the lack of access to funding by connecting local entrepreneurs with equity investors from the diaspora and globally.
By giving equity (also known as shares) in their business to a large number of individual small investors, entrepreneurs can obtain financing through a process known as equity crowdfunding.
Founders looking to raise capital can establish a company profile on Ignite that includes a pitch deck, business plan, financials and other documents. After doing the due diligence, Ignite posts the profile, promotes the business to its community of investors, and facilitates all investment processes and deal closing.
The platform is led by Founder and CEO, Meseret Warner who has more than twenty years of extensive global professional experience in various sectors and is the former President of the African Women Entrepreneur Program (AWEP), Ethiopia chapter.