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A growth agency providing customer-centric and hands-on solutions to fast-growing start-ups and established SMEs operating, investing, and expanding in Africa.

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    About    

 

Founded by a group of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and doers with over 60 years of experience in doing innovative work that gets results in and across Africa. Our expertise, networks, and deep understanding of 'how to get work done' in-country make us your ideal partner.

Our team is global with colleagues located in Africa and Europe, allowing us to tap into international networks and opportunities to enhance your business.

We're African-powered. We're passionate about the impact that gets real results. We're Stepchange Africa.

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    Services    

C-suite Support

​Provide short and medium-term C-suite services in the form of an acting COO, CCO, CFO, CBDO, and CTO.

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Fundraising Support

Investor readiness, matchmaking services, and transaction support for Seed to Series A start-ups & SMEs.

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Implementation

We join your team to deliver hands-on support and a well-thought-out strategy to achieve project goals and success.

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Sector Focus

 

Digital Tech

Logistics / Mobility

Agriculture

Tourism

Manufacturing

Education

Health

Green Tech

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Building Bridges

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We have team members located around the world. From experts based in Africa's fastest growing economies to presences in Europe's major economic centres. Our reach and work expands across Africa, Europe and beyond.

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Meet The Team

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Andrew  Herweg

Dr. Andrew Ssemwanga

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 Managing Partner.

Deep experience in business development; strategy and marketing communications in tourism/hospitality; FMCG; manufacturing; agriculture and mobile tech across Africa. My career began as a Communications Consultant in London & NYC for startups and major global brands. Above-average footballer, part-time mentor; regular podcaster, and occasional event moderator. Previously, ran a craft distillery in Rwanda. 

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 Managing Partner. 

Long-time trainer, consultant, and researcher in Corporate Governance; Finance; Insurance; Accounting, and Higher Education. Expertise includes 

clearing and forwarding; agriculture; hotel and catering; tourism and higher education.

Andrew has a passion for reading and collaborating with people of different backgrounds.

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Managing Partner. 

 In-depth experience in strategy and business development, operational excellence, lean management, and digital transformation projects within logistics, supply chain, manufacturing, infrastructure, and waste management as well as mobility, aviation, and defense. A loving family man,  avid reader, sports enthusiast, and part-time politician driving smart city initiatives.

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Amyn Esmail

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         Managing Partner.  

Amy's expertise spans various verticals including financial services (trade finance, debtstructuring, wealth management, and fundraising); agriculture (trading, processing andsmallholder farmer development); Over the last 12 years, Amyn has worked with banks, consulting firms and has foundedbusinesses in Southern and East Africa. 

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Mark Montgomery
 

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 Senior Consultant

A technical writer and business analyst in several industries such as telecommunications, pharmaceutics, banking technology, training and education, business communication, and software development. Specializes in business and functional analysis, technical writing, business writing, and training

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Leilla Nancy

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Communications Associate. Communications and marketing enthusiast. Specializing in working with SMEs and Start-Up's managing and maintaining their digital footprint. Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communications with a concentration in Business at Southern New Hampshire University.

Media & More

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Captivating

News & Research

Stay in the know and gain access to unique and bespoke research and insight.

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Thought provoking

Podcasts

Learn, laugh and get perspective on business in Africa.

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Interactive

Events

Virtual trade missions, match-making and workshops. We do it all.

 
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Contact Us

Messaged Recieved. We'll be in contact within 2 business days.

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 +49 1522 463 2368
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