French Devt Agency Partners with Heva Fund to Invest Sh 90M In Kenya’s Creative Industry

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The fashion, music, gaming and digital content producers will receive debt investments and business training through HEVA Fund.

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) has signed a cooperation agreement with HEVA Fund to advance credit and technical assistance in a project worth KES 90 million (EUR 800,000) in a bid to unlock the potential of Kenya’s creative industry.

This signing of the agreement happened last week and marked HEVA’s next four-year strategy that aims to drive KES 500 million in growth investments for enterprises in live music and events; fashion/apparel manufacturing retail; film, television and audiovisual content; and gaming, e-sports and entertainment. Enterprises the above segments will be able to access working capital and asset financing, as well as capacity building to enable them to produce at scale and make their business practices more efficient.

 

Since its inception, has provided business development services to over 400 creative entrepreneurs; invested in over 25 creative businesses in 5 value-chains; and supported the development of a favorable business environment.

Speaking at the signing of the partnership agreement, at HEVA’s offices in Nairobi, AFD’s chief executive officer Mr. Rémy Rioux said this was in line with the AFD strategy to develop its activities in the cultural and creative industry.

“We support innovation and start-ups, providing mechanisms for financing the creative and cultural entrepreneurship in East Africa to foster job creation in this sector,” he said.

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“The creative sector remains under estimated and many potential entrepreneurs in Africa are struggling to access capital, markets and business training,” said Rioux. He added that AFD is happy to sign this 1st commitment for the Kenyan creative industry.

George Gachara – Managing partner at HEVA Fund, a finance and business.

The call for applications for HEVA’s new growth fund will be made in the third quarter of 2018. HEVA Managing Partner Mr. George Gachara said the fund will invest in solid players in the industry with a view to nurturing them in sustainable business that seeks to scale.

“The creative industries present a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the much-needed job creation for young people and export our unique cultural identity into the global marketplace, as well as position Kenya as a global destination for tourism, the arts and entertainment. We want to bridge the gap by offering tailor-made, innovative financial and business support solutions to these ventures,” said Gachara.

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