African and International Capital
Travant was founded in 2007 with a primary focus on investments in West and Central Africa. Our inaugural fund, the Travant Private Equity Fund 1 (TPEF 1) achieved a first close in May 2008 at US$107m with funds raised from both African and International investors. This represents the largest fundraising from domestic investors in sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa, which we believe is a strong signal of Africa's growing self reliance.
Travant's investment region spans 22 countries in West and Central Africa with a key focus on seven countries - Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal. With offices in Lagos, Nigeria, we are never more than a few hours from any location in our region. In addition, our multilingual professionals were born in or have lived in six African countries. We believe this presence in our investment region gives us better access to investment opportunity and better enables us to add value to our portfolio companies.
The global background of our investment professionals, our management and our board give us an extensive global network. This network enables us to apply global resources and know-how to local challenges. Our networks extend to Western and Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In addition to providing a global perspective, this network gives us access to global capital and potential strategic partners for ventures in our investment zone.
A Belief in the Power of Investment
Private sector investment in Africa has been inadequate. We believe that the private sector, with appropriate oversight and governance, is the best shepherd of Africa's resources. We seek to empower entrepreneurs to pursue opportunities that they have identified, creating returns for investors, jobs and economic growth.
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