The Third Way
ThirdWay Capital invests to achieve complete returns. We project market-related returns for our investors because we invest in businesses that are positioned to create significant value that can be sustained over time: contributing to, rather than extracting from, people and the planet.
The Third Way
Who We Are
We are a venture holding company that invests in growth-ready SME’s (Small-Medium Enterprises) that are shaping the African story. We deliver complete returns – financial and societal.
African SME’s provide 80% of African jobs, and are the key to building a vibrant economy on the continent. However, SME’s continue to remain under-funded, with limited access to affordable growth capital, resulting in the ‘missing middle’.
Africa has a large, young workforce, a rapidly growing consumer class, and represents a massive market in global terms. Yet because Africa remains opaque to investors, capital flow into the region tends towards large investments that offer quick exits. All this hampers the SME sector.
ThirdWay Capital bridges this gap, providing experienced, boots-on-the-ground intelligence to guide investments, and strategic capital and advisory support to SME founders who have proven their ability to grow businesses that demonstrate the readiness to transform socio-economic systems at scale.
What We Do
We resource strong growth, high impact SME’s in Africa
We invest $300k-$1M into growth-ready SME’s that have a strong capacity for scale and impact. Working on the ground and close to the action, our diverse and experienced team combines local knowledge and strong strategic expertise with financial investment to support high potential SME’s in Africa.
We generate complete returns for all stakeholders
We take a long-horizon approach so that our investments will deliver sustainable, superior value to all stakeholders in the value chain: customers, employees, investors, and communities at large - economic, social, and environmental prosperity.
We leverage international and regional experience
Our diverse and seasoned team has deep expertise on four continents, including Africa, allowing us to serve as a reliable bridge into the continent for investors, and to identify, select and guide high-potential, growth-ready SME’s.
We catalyze transformative business practices
We continuously seek out best practices, share knowledge, and build partnerships to scale the transformative power of business. In particular we prioritize employee ownership, an approach proven to reduce inequalities and increase company performance.
We focus on key areas of systems change, not sectors
We align our investments with five key Impact Targets and six Investment Themes that we believe are essential drivers of long-term transformation in Africa in the coming decade (see below)