Our name is us. It’s a play on words. Using both French and English of “support” and “vivre” (to live) thus “supporting life”. We realized that both Canada and the majority of African countries use the two languages. We then realized Supivaa also is short for “Supporting the Divas!” Thus the name Supivaa was born.
Supivaa is a boutique advisory firm with expertise in impact investing particularly focused on SDG 5 – Gender Equality. We’re passionate in two key areas:
- Strengthening women’s inclusiveness. Whether an entrepreneur or an investor, what role can we play in creating a more gender-balanced world?
- Impact through entrepreneurship. Whether you’re in an emerged or an emerging market, entrepreneurs play a critical role in the lifeblood of an economy.
Women control roughly $20 trillion in annual customer spending globally yet female-run businesses account for just 2% of all venture capital investment (Source: GIIN).
These statistics are the reason that Supivaa’s founders, partners and collaborators set out to support women in their next phase of their business growth and ensure that these businesses get the backing they need.
Supivaa is a Canadian-based firm with a global outlook spanning Vancouver to Toronto, Washington DC, London, Paris, Colombo, Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg. We have a particular soft spot for emerging markets since our team has a long track record of entrepreneurship and impact investment in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. We’ve worked across several industries including renewable energy, agriculture, media, fintech and technology from East, West and Southern Africa. We work with impact and commercial investors seeking out unique and transformative opportunities in Africa.
Recently launched in 2020, born out of the challenges caused by COVID-19, Supivaa Medical provides support to address global health challenges by creating an ecosystem to support entrepreneurs focused on the fight against COVID-19 and beyond. Supivaa Medical is an enabler, ensuring a steady supply of protective equipment and materials, international funding opportunities, and advises on operational efficiencies to entrepreneurs large and small. Visit Supivaa Medical.
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