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Somali Investment Forum 2015 Overview

Presented by Shuraako, the US Embassy, Nairobi, and the World Bank Group, the Somali Investment Forum: Returning Capital for Growth (SIF) convened around 330 entrepreneurs, investors, and sector and business development experts.  Discussions during the 3-day event focused on business opportunities and challenges in Somalia, solidifying investment deals, and networking.

Video: Somali Investment Forum 2015


Event Highlights:

  • Hosted 14 sessions to advance dialogue on business, business associations, and private sector policy reform
  • 45 Somali-based businesses pitched directly to investors with pledged capital representing five investment groups
  • Shuraako secured pledged investment capital which acted as a matching fund for local financial institutions, diaspora investors, impact funds, and others
  • 60 Somali-based businesses and business support services hosted booths to advertise their products and services, and network with key players, at the SIF Trade Show
  • 54 scholarships were awareded to Somali businessmen/women to attend the Forum who could not have afforded to otherwise 
  • Shuraako and the One Earth Future Foundation published two reports in conjunction with the SIF. Powering Progress: The Potential of Renewable Energy in Somalia and Building a Business Ecosystem in Somalia: The Case for Business Associations that were used to guide session content

Somali Investment Forum 2015 Agenda

DAY 1: SUNDAY,  MARCH 8, 2015

7:30 - 20:00
Commencement Reception and Exposé of a Somali Entrepreneur
Amboseli and Tsavo Rooms


DAY 2: MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2015

7:00 - 08:30
Continental Breakfast, Forum Check-in, and Registration
Check-in/Registration at the main entrance / Continental Breakfast in the Prefunction Room
08:30 - 09:30
Welcome & Keynote Address
Amboseli and Tsavo Rooms
09:30 - 10:00
Session 1: Renewable Energy: The Challenges & Trends
Amboseli and Tsavo Rooms
10:00 - 10:15
Tea Break
Prefunction Room
10:15 - 11:45
Session 2: Sector Breakouts
Concurrent sessions, see agenda details for specific locations
12:00 - 12:45
Networking Lunch
Nyama Choma Restaurant (located adjacent to Jambo Conference Center)
13:00 - 14:45
Session 3: Business Growth Stage & Unlocking Capital Types
Amboseli and Tsavo Rooms
15:00 - 16:30
Session 4: Bi-lateral Programs & Business Support
Amboseli and Tsavo Rooms
15:00 - 18:00
Alternate Session 4 & 5: Practice Your Pitch (for pitch ring participants only)
Cub Room
16:00 - 18:00
Session 5: Trade Show
Prefunction Room
18:15 - 20:00
Buffet Dinner & Trade Show Awards
Amboseli and Tsavo Rooms


DAY 3: TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015

07:30 - 08:30
Continental Breakfast
Prefunction Room
08:00 - 08:30
Pitch Ring Participant Check-in
Prefunction Room
08:30 - 12:00
Session 6: Pitch Rings
Concurrent sessions, see agenda details for specific locations
12:00 - 13:00
Networking Lunch and Closing Remarks
Nyama Choma Restaurant
13:00 - 15:00
Session 7a: Women in the Private Sector
Amboseli Room
Session 7b: Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop
Samburu Room
Session 7c: The Power of Networks: Business Associations & BDS Services Workshop
Tsavo Room



Somali Investment Forum 2015 Photos