IFC talks to Shuvi Shrivastava, Vice President at Lightspeed India, where she invests in startups in the fintech and consumer tech sector. In this episode, she talks about how she landed on a Forbes 30 Under 30 list and highlights the struggle with self-confidence, both in herself and other entrepreneurs and investors in India, where opportunities for investment are increasing by the day.  For more information about this episode, see http://bit.ly/3rhjYYC
Published 03/10/21
For the second part of this two-part series on logistics, IFC talks to Imperial Logistics CEO Mohammed Akoojee again to discuss how African nations are planning for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Akoojee dives into some of the considerations and essential factors that go into one of the biggest vaccination campaigns the continent has ever seen, including vaccine scarcity, cold chains and making sure the doses are secure. For more info about this episode, see: http://bit.ly/3oldVzK
Published 01/27/21
IFC talks to the CEO of Imperial Logistics, Mohammed Akoojee, about the challenges of the logistics sector in Africa and why investment in tech solutions is so vital for the evolution of the industry. Akoojee also dives into the potential of the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and his advice to investors who are thinking about investing in Africa. For the links mentioned, go to: http://bit.ly/3qs3mwq
Published 01/20/21
IFC talks to Christelle Kwizera about the challenges and rewards of starting Water Access Rwanda in her twenties and the power of skilled storytelling for the success of a start-up. Kwizera also dives into why she’s made it her mission to deconstruct misconceptions about Africa as a market. For more info on Kwizera and IFC’s programs, see: https://bit.ly/cmpep05lp
Published 12/16/20
FC talks to entrepreneur Aisha Pandor about how she came up with the idea for her business, the sacrifices of pursuing it, as well as how she has focused on building a sustainable company in Africa’s tech industry. Pandor is the co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, an online platform that connects domestic service providers with potential employers in South Africa.  For more information about the initiatives mentioned in this episode, go to:  https://bit.ly/CMPEP04
Published 12/02/20
Getaw Cherinet has had an eventful life, but his entrepreneurial story begins in the early 1990s when he fled conflict in Ethiopia and became a refugee in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. In this episode, he talks with IFC about how he started a business in the refugee camp and how his journey led him to New Zealand, the US, and finally, back to Ethiopia. Here, he started a farm and a water filter business called Tulip Addis Water Filter, where he employs refugees. Full show notes:...
Published 11/12/20
IFC talks to Santiago Zavala about his journey to becoming an investor focused on Latin American start-ups and why other venture capital investors should put the region on their radar. Zavala is widely known as one of the main community builders and investors in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Together with his team, the 34-year-old runs the 500 Luchadores funds. He’s a partner of 500 Startups and truly believes in the potential of Latin American markets.
Published 10/08/20
Two IFC staff, one in Fiji and one in Austria, recount how they and the companies they work with have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, IFC’s tourism expert in Fiji, Jessie McComb, and her colleague Damola Akinsowon, an IFC investment officer in Vienna, sent voice messages to the Creating Markets podcast team about how their clients have been dealing with the pandemic, and which of their clients responded with creativity and resilience.
Published 09/10/20
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) introduces its new podcast Creating Markets. If you’re curious about private businesses in developing countries and investment opportunities in emerging markets, this podcast is for you. For more information on IFC, visit www.ifc.org.
Published 08/14/20
Published 08/14/20