The FUnding Space

The Funding Space was established in 2017 as a convening platform to strengthen Nigeria’s entrepreneurship ecosystem with a specific focus building knowledge and practice on gender lens investing and connecting entrepreneurs to investors.
It is an access to finance, impact investing, training and networking platform.

The Funding Space  convenes to inspire, challenge, support access to funding & financing with Nigerian actors to enhance the growth of locally grown innovations and enterprises in Nigeria that use “market solutions to address social problems”.
Why the Funding Space
  • Some international impact investors need “soft” entry into Nigeria.
  • Enables the organisers validate SME.NG’s work; builds investor credibility and showcases convening power.
  • Enhances the Nigeria’s attractiveness to global investors.
  • Provides a platform to introduce innovations that struggle to secure initial financing.
  • Creates a marketplace for diverse investors.
track record
  • Since 2017, The Funding Space has been bringing actors in the global impact sector to Nigeria to engage with entrepreneurs and explore potential collaborations and investments.
  • Typical participants at the Funding Space are entrepreneurs; Angel and Impact Investors, Donors; Venture Capitalists and Financiers, locally and internationally.
  • 2000+ participants to date.



TFS 2020 Event Recap and Recommendations

Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON

CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

“…As efforts increase to engage the private sector in addressing the SDGs, it is critical that funding is going where it is needed most, which includes addressing some of the toughest social, economic and environmental issues. An enabling environment is a key factor in advancing the social impact investment market”

Hon. Dame Pauline K. Tallen OFR, KSK

The Honorable Minister, Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

“…It generally takes women longer to build successful businesses given the socio - cultural context in Africa. Therefore, women entrepreneurs need support with assessing finance to recover from the devastating aftermath of COVID - 19”

Hon. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo CON.

The Honorable Minister, Industry Trade and Investment.

“…Today, Impact Investing constitute one of the most proactive and promising approaches on responsible investment continuum, representing a huge opportunity to contribute the implementation of the ERFP and the attainment of the sustainable development goals”

For more information, please visit The Funding Space