Over $1 Trillion has been poured into the continent via aid over the past several decades. Much progress has been made, yet for many life is not much better off today than it was 40 years ago.
of the world’s poorest countries are located in Africa
still live in extreme poverty (or less than $1.25 a day)
still don't have electricity in the home. (6 countries have over 94% without electricity)
Large-scale businesses create jobs that enable individuals and families to thrive. Business done right pumps money into local economies, enabling individuals to earn personal wealth. These individuals then invest in education, healthcare, and standard of living improvements for families. Together, the business and individuals create a virtuous cycle of economic development.
We invest the early stage capital.
We bring the entrepreneurial expertise and technology.
We build businesses from scratch, creating jobs and planting seeds of entrepreneurship and innovation.
… and we’re just getting started.
lives impacted (Calculated as fair wage incomes created X 4.5 dependents)
GDP impact (GDP increase in Ethiopia through Verdant Frontiers' Investment activities to date)
Debt and Equity Invested in Verdant Frontiers’ portfolio companies
Feed production, cattle fattening and beef processing—first company in Ethiopia to successfully begin beef exports and has become the leader in this industry.
Verdant Ventures is an emerging markets real estate development and management company with a special emphasis on Diplomatic and Consular level real estate projects.
Mid-level hotel and restaurant targeted towards the thriving eco-tourism segment of those who come to visit the Kara, Hammar and Benna tribes surrounding the town of Turmi, Ethiopia where the lodge is located.
A medical imaging and radiology center. The center is open 365 days a year, and provides high quality medical imaging and diagnostic services for thousands of patients per year.
Specializing in solving business and social problems in tandem, we collaborate with leaders and entrepreneurs to start-up or scale purpose-driven businesses that accelerate Ethiopia’s industrial, agricultural, and technological transformation.
We’ve already lined up our next four ventures and are ready to get started as soon as we close on this impact debt round.
Green Hills Vegetable Oil offers an affordable, good quality and healthy alternative to palm oil, for export, and local sales.
Melody Orchards offers fresh, high-quality macadamia nuts for export.
25,000 acre corn farming operation, producing for export and local sales.
Large scale mango, orange, passionfruit orchards, and juice processing operation.
Scott is a serial entrepreneur who has started, grown, and sold companies since 1998. Having led operations, sales and technology, Scott has a track record of consistent growth and profitability.
Levi has 6+ years on-the-ground Ethiopia operations experience, 10+ years of real estate development and construction experience and is founder/CEO of three residential real estate development firms.
Shannon is a passionate advocate for social justice around the world. As an attorney and activist, she sits on the board of several organizations including The Elders, Humanity United, TOMS, and charity: water.
Bruce, a native of Zimbabwe, has over 25 years of agricultural experience in Africa with specific experience in floriculture, tree nut and orchard crops, livestock, and grain, managing up to 10,000 staff and covering thousands of hectares.
Neil brings over 17 years financial leadership experience spanning Goldman Sachs in NY and operational experience as a startup founder, and as the CFO of an East Africa-focused infrastructure development firm.
Sarah is a Chartered Management Accountant who holds Master’s degrees in Development Management and International Studies. She has a strong understanding of the political and social context in Ethiopia and is experienced in raising debt, equity and grant financing.