ABOUT US

SME.NG is a gender lens impact investment firm in Nigeria that invests in female-owned SMEs.

The firm leverages private capital, public sector investments and philanthropic giving to deploy capital to impact-oriented female entrepreneurs.

As an indigenous gender lens investor, SME.NG is committed to providing non-financial support to address the challenges women-owned businesses face, alongside financial capital.

OUR HISTORY

Thelma Ekiyor and Chapel Hill Denham, agreed to bring together their combined tracks, efforts and initiatives in SME and Impact Investing to form SME.NG, Nigeria’s SME Impact Investment Platform.

Chapel Hill Denham had developed a Nigeria SME Fund to invest in female and youth-owned businesses while Thelma had conceived the EBI Fund to support bottom of the pyramid women-owned businesses, with an accelerator, She Works Here and was the convener of the Funding Space an engagement forum to deepen the Ecosystem, it made sense to align our efforts and build a large scale platform to fill this key gap.

Our immediate focus is in Nigeria where there is a high  number of  micro and small entrepreneurs, lead to its description as “Nation of Shopkeepers“. SMEs are under-served in the Market. the founders being minded of the access to capital gap in SMEs in Nigeria and Africa, realized that access to finance alone, would not adequately address SMEs skills deficiencies. Accordingly, in building She Works Here (an all women’s accelerator), we have created a means to provide support and access to mentor-ship for SME entrepreneurs, as they access financing.

SME NG benefits from the partners capacity bringing together Chapel Hill Denham, Nigeria’s Leading alternative asset manager with The Funding Space’s vast networks in philanthropy, grant making and impact investing.

 

Our objective is to support bottom and top of the pyramid women and youth owned SMEs and to transform them into formalisedand sustainable businesses that support employment and create a lasting impact

Our vision is to break the poverty cycle in africa by providing access to financing and capacity to support entrepreneurs and SMEs that create jobs and drive development

Our objective is to support bottom and top of the pyramid women and youth owned SMEs and to transform them into formalised and sustainable businesses that support employment and create a lasting impact

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

THELMA EKIYOR

CO-FOUNDER / MANAGING PARTNER

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BOLAJI BALOGUN

CO-FOUNDER

PHIL SOUTHWELL

CO-FOUNDER