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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.



Founded by a group of entrepreneurs, thinkers and doers with over 50 years of experience of doing innovative work that gets results in and across Africa. Our expertise, networks and with a deep-understanding of 'how to get work done' in-country makes 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 for impact that gets real results. We're Stepchange Africa.



Trade & Export

Fundraising Support


End to end trade & export development & access to international markets in Africa, Europe and beyond.

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

Technical Assistance

Corporate Governance, Accounting, Sales & Marketing, HR & Operational Excellence.

Virtual C-Suite


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

Sector Focus


Digital Tech

Logistics / Mobility






Green Tech


Building Bridges


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.


Meet the Team

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Andrew Herweg

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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. 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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Dr. Andrew Ssemwanga

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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.


Ateh Atabong

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Managing Partner. Strategic Business and healthcare professional with 12 years’ experience in creating, managing and leading valuable opportunities for companies and individuals. Change leader and Visionary Manager. Obtained a degree in Pharmacy from University of Tromsø Norway and later added focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Joe Hopper

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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 defence. 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.
Amyn’s expertise spans various verticals including financial services (trade finance, debt
structuring, wealth management and fund raising); agriculture (trading, processing and
small holder farmer development); 
Over the last 12 years, Amyn has worked with banks, consulting firms and has founded
businesses in Southern and East Africa.


Media & More

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News & Research

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

Thought provoking


Learn, laugh and get perspective on business in Africa.



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


Contact Us

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 +49 1522 463 2368