EIB further revealed that the Janngo team will seek to create value through an active management approach leveraging their entrepreneurial background to drive the growth and profitability of portfolio companies.
There has been a surge in the number of the number of funds raising venture capital globally with individuals, institutions and economies who are looking to strategically take advantage of the startup wave giving their capital contribution.
A report by Digest Africa on the other hand shows, that Africa venture capital funds raised US $740 million during the same period with a significant number of contributors being Development Finance Institutions.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), CDC Group and the European Investment Bank (EIB) were among the most active development financing institutions (DFIs) acting as Limited Partners, seeding funds targeted towards African startups.
The Janngo team is led by Fatoumata Ba who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officer. She is mostly known for launching Jumia in Ivory Coast which she ran from 2013 to 2015 before moving to Nigeria to serve as General Manager of Jumia in Lagos.
In May last year, Janngo raised a EUR 1 million (US$1.11 million) Seed round to “to shape digital ecosystems and create pan-African tech champions” and later went ahead to launch its Paris and Abidjan offices.