An innovative event was introduced in the previous 5th EU-Africa Business Forum and dubbed “Investor Pitches”. It was so successful that this year it was selected from among 25 proposals. This session provides a forum where governments, entrepreneurs, project developers and promoters have the opportunity to meet face to face with European and African investors and present their business concepts.
In practice, four African countries will be given the opportunity to make investment pitches. About 10-15 minutes will be allotted to each country to communicate their excitement and present figures and aspirations to potential investors. The format of the meeting seeks to capitalise on the presence of a large number of financiers and investors at the EU-Africa Business Forum. It also offers an opportunity to reap tangible benefits in terms of linking up presenters with investors and receiving feedback on how to improve pitches and/or the investment climate.
Riccardo Ridolfi, the organiser of this session, is an Italian entrepreneur with a passion for renewable energy and Africa, where he lived for over 8 years of his life. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics and from the Australian National University, as well as an LL.M from the University College London. Riccardo is a qualified lawyer in Australia, England & Wales and Italy. After four years of practice as an international lawyer, specialising in structured finance and foreign investment protection, Riccardo made access to energy and rural development his mission. In 2014, he joined forces with Alberto Pisanti and, together, they co-founded what today has become Absolute Energy's rural utility. Riccardo has also advised numerous companies and investors relating to business in Africa, building strong relationships on the continent. He also nurtures a strong interest in the tech startup world, particularly with regards to accelerating access to services. Sustainability has always been a key driver for Riccardo, evidenced by Absolute Energy's business model, as well as Riccardo's pro bono activity, starting from the creation of SustainaWay (a small dedicated NGO) to the collaboration for the protection of wildlife with Elephant Action League.