Building Africa’s bright future:

 

Businesses that create

flourishing communities,

compelling investor returns,

life changing jobs.

Africa’s moment has arrived

$150B

of annual economic growth

$1 Trillion

Agribusiness value by 2030 (3x in 10 years)

55%

of the world’s mobile money accounts are in Africa

An industrial & economic revolution is bringing Africa out of poverty.

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 find billion-dollar African opportunities.

We launch new businesses creating jobs and opportunity.

We execute with integrity and impact.

We’ve Already Made a Significant Impact.

… and we’re just getting started.

3

sectors of focus: agriculture, real estate and fintech

2,500+

jobs created

$180M

total market value of assets created by Verdant since 2013

We are unequivocally committed to both real impact on the ground and compelling financial returns.

Our portfolio.

Verdant Ventures

International real estate development

Verdant Ventures is an emerging markets real estate development and management company whose mission is to provide high quality real estate projects across Africa meeting diplomatic and international standards creating satisfied customers, empowered workers, and delighted investors.

Verdant Orchards

Orchard platform

Verdant Orchards is high-value, high-impact, perennial orchard business in Africa.  The portfolio currently holds Verdant Produce in Massingir, Mozambique and Verdant Orchards Munyati in Choma, Zambia.

Verdant Frontiers Fintech Fund

Venture Capital Fund

Verdant Frontiers Fintech Fund is an early-stage fintech venture fund focused on accelerating financial inclusion for 100M African consumers and 1M small businesses.

The management team.

Scott Friesen

CEO, Verdant Frontiers

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.

Tony Chen

Partner, Verdant Frontiers
GP, Fintech Fund

Tony has enjoyed 20+ years creating new businesses, launching five companies with multiple exits. Tony and his family lived in rural Kenya for three years, where he built a portfolio of 15 Kenyan companies.

Bruce Hamilton

Africa Director, Verdant Frontiers + CEO, Verdant Produce

Bruce, a resident of South Africa, 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.

Sherri Holland

Group CFO, Verdant Frontiers + Verdant Ventures

Sherri has over 15 years experience in the CFO role.  Her background includes founding, scaling, and selling businesses in the Real Estate, Technology and Media industries.  She has been with Verdant the past 7 years and has been a key executive overseeing the growth of our portfolio that has deployed over $140m into the agriculture and real estate sectors in Africa.

Trent Hudson

Advisor, Verdant Frontiers

Trent is a Managing Director of Pactorum, an Africa-focused principal investment group that has raised and deployed over $225M of equity capital in the agriculture, renewable energy, education and fintech sectors. He helps lead the origination and management of their investments and sits on the board of PowerX, a renewable energy trading platform in South Africa and WIZZIT Digital, a payments and fintech business based in the UK and South Africa.

Emily Mihailoff

Investor Relations Manager, Verdant Frontiers

Emily has spent much of her career in information technology as well as database and executive administration. She holds a BS and MS in mathematics. Her motivation, focus and passion for service enables her to bring unique dedication to her role.

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