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Steinbeis Consulting Impact Investing
Steinbeis Consulting Centre Impact Investing as an impact investment advisor brings together entrepreneurship, capital and technologies to help solve social and environmental problems through scalable SME financing in sub-Sahara Africa.
About us
Our Approach
Steinbeis Consulting Centre Impact Investing (Steinbeis Impact) takes you on a journey to solve societal problems through entrepreneurial means. As an impact investment advisor, we work with scalable sub-Sahara African SMEs to equip them with know-how and capital to generate financial returns and societal value added to our investors and their beneficiaries.

Our goal is to make SME-driven initiatives successful. With our support, impact investors can source and execute commercially viable transactions in sectors such as renewable energy, agriculture and agribusiness, waste management and recycling, education or health which simultaneously generate social and environmental returns.

Our engagements and interests typically follow the Triple Bottom Line investment approach, and are always aligned to supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are inspired by businesses and entrepreneurial teams that consider "citizen centred" or "communities centered" models instead of just "customer centered" approaches.
Wanted: Genuine African entrepreneurs!
We are passionate about genuine small and medium size entrepreneurs in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) - and so are our investors! SMEs account for about 90 percent of Africa's businesses and the driving force of the continent's economic development, yet they are still facing financial barriers. (source: London Stock Exchange). We are constantly looking to meet hidden champions in the region for our clients.
So, we should definitely talk if:

- you are a native African and a founder/majority shareholder of a for-profit company in SSA;
- if your company has a track record of at least five years;
- if you have an inclusive business model, for instance by including small-holder farmers or informal micro-businesses into your supply chain, providing off-grid accesss to energy, or by creating inclusive jobs at the Base of the Pyramid;
- if your business model addresses a social or environmental issue and provides a solution which can be taken to scale;
- if your investment or financing proposal is based on a Theory of Change, i.e. how you want to be additional to the existing economy and what it is that you want to change or improve;
- if you want to innovate and grow, expand your activities and assets but local banks are not willing to finance your growth;
- if you feel excited about working with international partners;
- if you have proper management accounts for the last three years with a positive EBITDA.

Please do instantly send us an email at info@steinbeis-impact.com
Meet our team
Our team combines extensive experience from strategic consulting, business development, corporate finance, development cooperation, the financial industry, and technology transfer with strong ethical values.
Lothar Jakab
Frankfurt am Main/Germany, Director
Email: l.jakab(at)steinbeis-impact.com

Skype: lothar.jakab
Christoph Osterbrink
Frankfurt am Main/Germany
Email: c.osterbrink(at)steinbeis-impact.com
Div de Villiers
Pretoria/South Africa
Email: d.devilliers(at)steinbeis-impact.com
Meet our local partners
Our local partners are well connected to the African ecosystems, markets and stakeholders
Caleb S. Tamfu
Martin W. Kiilu
Seed 2 Growth Advisors Ltd., Nairobi/Kenya
"Transfer Visions into Business!"
Our Background - the Steinbeis Network
Ferdinand von Steinbeis (1807-1893), the role model for the Steinbeis Network as an early promoter between academia and business practice
Ferdinand von Steinbeis (1807-1893), the role model for the Steinbeis Network, was an early promoter of collaborations between academia and business practice

Since 1971, the name Steinbeis has become synonymous with the successful transfer of tangible, market-based knowledge and technology. Managed by entrepreneurs, Steinbeis Centers build solid, steady bridges between science, academia, trade and industry – with a commitment to creating value for all stakeholders involved. The name "Steinbeis" derives from Ferdinand von Steinbeis (1807-1893), the role model for the Steinbeis Network, who was an early promoter of collaborations between academia and business practice in the Kingdom of Württemberg. Collectively, the Steinbeis Network has delivered projects on behalf of private and public entities in eighty countries. The network spans fifteen international offices, 1,000 business units, and 6,000 subject matter experts that are available to provide world-class analyses and craft customized solutions for specific project challenges.

Through our access to the Steinbeis Network, we are able to crowd-in professional experts from science, academia, trade, and industry, with impact and precision. This enables us to assemble nimble and bespoke project teams that comprise a range of knowledge, skills, and implementation networks.

The Steinbeis Network service portfolio comprises:
  • Consulting
  • Research & development
  • Vocational education and continuous training
  • Market intelligence and technological expertise
Our services
We offer wide range of services along the lifecycle of impact investments.
Market Research and Pre-Investment Assessments
Before carrying out an impact investment, a sound analysis of the local business environment will be useful for you as an investor to understand the local market conditions and regulatory framework as well as the business and value proposition of a potential investee. We suppot our clients in carrying out market research, conducting feasibility sudies, and running pre-investment assessments.
Investment Proposals and Portfolio Strategy Design
Impact Investments as pro-active investments in innovative business concepts are rather less compatible with the Best-in-Class screening of investment opportunities strategy. We assist you as our client uncover your core values, find your own strategic pathway, and develop your own roadmap based on the analysis and research conducted beforehand (see above).

In developing new investment theses or portfolio strategies, we work with you to determine your impact interests, key motivations, and risk profile. We then provide a range of analyses to formulate a sound impact investment strategy aligned to your motivations and expectations, and translate it into full Investment proposal for your investment committee.

This can be for instance a Development or Social Impact Bond where private investors and public donors can work together to pre-finance a results based programme implemented by a service provider which the relevant public body will pay back only in the event of success, i.e. reaching of pre-defined impact objectives which are assessed by independent NGOs and advisors.
Transaction Management and Due Diligence
Based on our mergers & acquisitions experience, we manage your entire investment process, including pre-assessments, valuations, due diligence and the entire negotiation up to signing and closing. This is the core of our competencies: to make impact investments come true!
Our own technical and engineering competencies from within the Steinbeis Network complemented with our international partners enable us to provide a complete due diligence service in all relevant areas.

We incorporate a triple bottom line approach from the pre-assessment phase, ensuring comprehensive coverage of financial, social and environmental components for each potential transaction.
Business Development and Post-Investment Assessment
We don't just guide Investors, but local entrepreneurs as well. Especially in developing and emerging markets where entrepreneurs face major obstacles, long-term technical assistance is vital. We provide new venture teams as well as established SMEs with a range of advisory Services to let their businesses nurture and progress, and are always careful to avoid potential conflicts of interest with our advisory portfolio.

In some instancies, it may be useful to look backwards half-way, and draw some lessons learnt for the way forward. We have already assisted several clients with such mid-term Reviews. Such post-Investment assessments can also be instrumental for adjusting or fine-tuning the investment strategy.
Based on our experience from our work in mergers & acquisitions, we have the expertise to arrange not only the investment (buy side), but also to prepare and execute the exit (sell side).
Why choose us?
We work in a professional way based on our sound experience to achieve your goals, and to the benefit of the communities you invest in.
Experienced and professional team
We are proven and experienced professionals that draw experience from diverse yet relevant sectors.
Individual approach
Every client has its own conception, convictions and motto. We work to develop unique solutions hand in hand with our clients.
Think beyond traditional borderlines
Given the fast pace of development in the marketplaces that we work in, we are constantly challenging ourselves to remain creative and ambitious. We stay up to date on recent market trends, technologies, and influences to ensure we are providing unique and value-creating solutions.
We try to also be friends with our partners and clients, so we are happy to answer your questions!
Physical address in Frankfurt:

Zeilweg 44, 60439 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 95632935
Fax: +49 69 95632934
E-mail: info@steinbeis-impact.com

We are located in the northern part of the city in the Merton quarter.
Underground lines U1, U3 and U8 stop in front of our building.


Steinbeis Consulting Centre Impact Investing is a business unit of Steinbeis Beratungszentren GmbH (SBZ), Steinbeis Network
Haus der Wirtschaft
Willi-Bleicher-Straße 19
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 (711) 18 39-5
E-Mail: beratung@stw.de; Internet: www.steinbeis.de
Company House Stuttgart HRB 25 319
Managing Director: Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. August Musch, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ralf Lauterwasser
VAT-Ident.-Nr.: DE218899600


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Data & Privacy Policy:

Steinbeis Consulting Centre Impact Investing values your privacy, is committed to protecting your privacy and cares about the way in which your personal information is treated.

This Privacy Policy explains our approach to various aspects of personal information we may have on you.

1. What personal data we collect on you
We may collect personal information from you in the course of our business, including through your use of our website, when you contact or request information from us, when you engage our services or as a result of your relationship with one or more of our staff.

The personal information that we process includes:

  • Basic information: such as your name (including name prefix or title and suffix), the company you work for, your title or position and your relationship to a person;
  • Contact information: such as your postal address, email address, phone and fax numbers, including your home address, where you have provided this to us, when and where contact was made;
  • Information you provide to us for the purposes of attending meetings and events, including access and dietary requirements;
  • You may possibly be included in photographs and videos taken at our events that you may be invited to, and choose to attend. These images may be published in our reports and website but shall never be sold;
  • Financial information, such as payment-related information during the ordinary course of business;
  • Technical information, such as information from your visits to our website or applications or in relation to materials and communications we send to you electronically;
  • Identification and background information provided by you or collected as part of our business acceptance processes;
  • Personal information provided to us by or on behalf of our clients or generated by us in the course of providing services to them, which may include special categories of data;
  • Any other information relating to you which you may provide to us.

2. Why is the personal data being collected and what we use that information for
All the data you provide to us will be processed subject to the restrictions and for the purposes mentioned in this notice, namely:

  • To advise you through e-mail, phone call, or personal meeting in the course of an ordinary commercial relationship, about services/products related to your professional interests
  • To promote our services, including publications/reports
  • From time to time we would like to contact you about events or conferences or seminars organised /sponsored by us or about our new services/products which will be communicated to you by email, post or phone call
  • To provide and improve our services to you and to our clients, including handling personal information
  • To provide information requested by you
  • To manage and administer our relationship with you and our clients
  • To fulfil our legal, regulatory and risk management obligations, including establishing, exercising or defending legal claims
  • For the purposes of recruitment
  • To perform a contract, such as engaging with an individual to provide our services
  • For legitimate business purposes. Please see 'How we use your personal information' for more detail.

3. Who collects your data and how is it processed
  • We are a "data controller" for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and (from 25 May 2018) the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679 ("Data Protection Law"). This means that we are responsible for, and control the processing of, your personal information
  • Data will be collected by Steinbeis Consulting Centre Impact Investing (the "Data Controller"), Zeilweg 44, 60439 Frankfurt am Main. You may contact us at: info@steinbeis-impact.com
  • Personal data is processed both manually and electronically in accordance with the above-mentioned purposes and, in any case, in order to guarantee data security and data confidentiality in compliance with current regulations. All the data will be processed until the withdrawal of consent or at the end of a defined retention period.

4. How we obtain your personal data:
  • When you interact with us directly: This could be when you engage with our staff, provide us with your personal information, if you ask us about our activities, register with us for an event or register on one of our digital platforms or applications. This includes when you visit our website.
  • Steinbeis Consulting Centre Impact Investing collects and processes personal information about you in a number of ways, including through your use of our website and in the provision of services by us.
  • We collect information from you as part of our business acceptance processes and about you and others as necessary in the course of providing our services. including for compliance and statutory purposes.
  • We collect your personal information while monitoring our technology tools and services, including our websites and email communications sent to and from Steinbeis Consulting Centre Impact Investing.
  • We may collect or receive information about you from other sources, such as keeping the contact details we already hold for you accurate and up to date using publicly available sources.

5. How is data processed
  • Data is recorded on paper, databases and IT systems.
  • We may share your Personal Data with authorised service providers who perform services for us (including cloud services, data storage, support and marketing assistance). Our contracts with our service providers include commitments that they agree to limit their use of Personal Data to our specific instructions and to comply with privacy and security standards.
  • Without prejudice to any communications made to comply with legal or contractual obligations, data may also be disclosed to external parties as required by laws or regulations (e.g. court, tribunal, Regulatory Authority or Governmental Entity).
  • When we share your information with contracted Third Party companies we take all reasonable steps to ensure that your information and privacy are protected in line with the applicable legal obligations.

6. How long do we keep your personal information
Your data will be retained unless consent is withdrawn or an erasure request is made. If you change your mind after an "opt-out", you can easily request us to retain your information by emailing us at: info@steinbeis-impact.com

7. Who we share your personal information with
We may share your personal information with certain trusted third parties in accordance with contractual arrangements in place with them, including:

  • Our professional advisers, including investment, legal and accounting
  • IT service providers to Lalcap Ltd
  • Third parties involved in hosting or organising events or seminars
  • Where necessary, our partners/associates who help us to carry out our services to you on capital introduction.
While it is unlikely, we may be required to disclose your information to comply with legal or regulatory requirements. Where necessary, or for the reasons set out in this policy, personal information may also be shared with regulatory authorities, courts, tribunals, government agencies and law enforcement agencies. We will use reasonable endeavours to notify you before we do this, unless we are legally restricted from doing so.

If in the future we re-organise or sell/transfer all or part of our business, we may need to transfer your information to a new organisation which shall abide with GDPR and privacy rules.

8. How we protect your information
Security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information
We use a variety of technical and organisational measures to help protect your personal information from unauthorised access, use, disclosure, alteration or destruction consistent with applicable data protection laws.

9. Your rights
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • Access to your personal information: You have the right to request access to a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, along with information on what personal information we use, why we use it, who we share it with, how long we keep it for and whether it has been used for any automated decision making. You can make a request for access free of charge. Please make all requests for access in writing, and provide us with evidence of your identity to:
    Mr. Lothar Jakab
    Data Protection Officer
    Zeilweg 44
    60439 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    Email: info@steinbeis-impact.com
  • Right to object: You can object to our processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. Please contact us as noted above, providing details of your objection
  • Consent: If you have given us your consent to use personal information (for example, for marketing), you can withdraw your consent at any time
  • Rectification: You can ask us to change or complete any inaccurate or incomplete personal information held about you
  • Erasure: You can ask us to delete your personal information where it is no longer necessary for us to use it, you have withdrawn consent, or where we have no lawful basis for keeping it
  • Portability: You can ask us to provide you or a third party with some of the personal information that we hold about you in a structured, commonly used, electronic form, so it can be easily transferred
  • Restriction: You can ask us to restrict the personal information we use about you where you have asked for it to be erased or where you have objected to our use of it
  • No automated-decision making: Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention. We do not carry out any automated decision-making
  • Your objection (or withdrawal of any previously given consent) could mean that we are unable to perform the actions necessary to achieve the purposes set out above (see 'How we use your personal information') or that you may not be able to make use of the services and products offered by us. Please note that even after you have chosen to withdraw your consent we may be able to continue to process your personal information to the extent required or otherwise permitted by law, in particular in connection with exercising and defending our legal rights or meeting our legal and regulatory obligations.
If you consider that the processing of your personal data infringes applicable data protection laws, as a data subject you have the right, without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular, in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement. The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation and other applicable data protection laws provide certain rights for data subjects.
We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page regularly to ensure that you're happy with any changes. By using our website, being on our mailing list or by attending our events, you are agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Last updated: May 2018
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