We finance and support businesses that operate in Nigeria and across the diaspora of Africa Applications from businesses that operate in other continents cannot be considered.
The business operates in one of the investment focus sectors of Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Real estate, technology, logistics, and food services. Other sectors can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
We typically invest in businesses with these maturity profiles:
— Early stage (1-3 years)
Start-ups are considered when they are backed by an entrepreneur with significant experience, track record and material financial commitment to the venture.
— Early maturity (3-6 years)
— Mature (>6 years)
We invest between 5OOk – 2M
Typically, 3-8 years. Loan repayment term must be aligned with the purpose of the loan.
The entrepreneur should have significant own investment in the business, have the ability to manage a business – from operations, sales, financial management, administration, and leadership. They must be willing to work with us as a value adding financier and share management information regularly. They must have growth ambition and demonstrate integrity as well as professionalism in their dealings.
Though LIC business support program has no minimum requirement, we do expect entrepreneurs to (partly) secure the loan if collateral is available. Quality and value of collateral does play an important part in the overall risk assessment. Personal guarantees of the entrepreneur(s) is required.
The business must be able to have a measurable impact in terms of the number of jobs supported and sustained, female ownership, female employment and semi-/unskilled labour. SMEs that provide indirect job opportunities (e.g. training, skills development) and/or environmental services (water, waste, energy, ecotourism) are also attractive to LIC.