Founded in 2020, Empress Fund invests in high-potential early-stage women-led companies operating in the Agriculture, Energy and Climate ecosystem in Eastern and Southern Africa. While investing in the entrepreneurs, we aim to test new financial instruments to understand the extent to which they can enable a more gender-equitable ecosystem.
Our unique capabilities are highlighted in a 3-pronged approach
The fund will utilise instruments such as revenue-financing vehicles, non-asset backed lending, drawdown accounts and other fit for purpose and context instruments
The vehicles will be invested for short-medium term purposes (3 - 36months) to boost early stage growth and position the businesses for follow-on equity investment from ATG's Equity Funds and/other investors - thus providing investors with a sure exit.
Leaders set the tone, pace and culture of an organisation. Therefore, ensuring that the entrepreneur is developing both their personal leadership capacity and business skills is cardinal to creating a growing enterprise that can scale and remain relevant in dynamic market environments.
Our online platform Pranary helps entrepreneurs to build commercially viable businesses and provides them guidance and access to a network of like-minded entrepreneurs and investors. The platform makes the startup journey more enjoyable and less lonely for entrepreneurs.
Visit our online Startup School here: Pranary
Empress Fund provides research and advisory on innovating financing vehicles and gender-lens investing.
There is a reported EUR 2,5 trillion gap in financing for businesses that do not fit the typical venture capital profile nor meet the collateral needs for traditional lending. This gap is said to disproportionately impact women entrepreneurs and may partially explain the gender financing gap that exists in the agri and energy ecosystems. The Empress fund was established to address and play a key role in closing this financing gap by developing and deploying innovative financial instruments. The outcome should lead to a more gender- equitable agriculture ecosystem.
Principal & fund manager
Gender, development finance, angel investing, public & private sector experience, marketing. PhD Candidate
Chief Financial Officer
Finance & strategy, modelling and investments, M & As, tax, compliance and due diligence, regulation MCom. International Tax.
Chief Compliance Officer
Commercial legal advisor, attorney of the high court, contracts law, compliance management, mediator, disputes resolution. LLB
Portfolio & project management, clients & contracts management, key stakeholder relations, marketing MBA (GIBS)