About Us        
Unique Venture Capital Management Company Limited, is an SME-focused private Venture Capital investment firm established in 2004 by 5 major Nigerian banks.

We aim to:

      
           Provide ''smart'' private equity and business finance to SMEs.
           Encourage innovative Emerging Market entrepreneurs.
           Boost economic growth in UVC’s operational area.
 

Vision:

Unleashing the power of Emerging Market Entrepreneurs for positive development.

Strategic Intent:

 
Capitalising Economic Development by harnessing the power of Venture Capital / Private Equity financing in the development of African Entrepreneurs to achieving triple bottom line enterprises, whilst creating value for our stakeholders.
 

The Fund

UVC was primarily conceived to manage, amongst other funds, the funds set aside by its owner institutions under the Nigerian SMEEIS scheme and application of the fund is strictly in adherence to the SMEEIS guidelines. UVC realises this obligation through the UVC SMEEIS Fund”. UVC, the company, has now moved a notch up to add on and manage other VC funds.

Currently, UVC manages:

A. UVC SMEEIS funds

Overview

Target Fund Size

:

N6 billion Commitments

Target Investment Size                       

:

Up to N200 million

Typical Equity Ownership                 

:

Up to 40%

Minimum Investment Return             

:

30%

Geographic Focus                                

:

Nigeria

Sector Focus                                      

:

General, but excludes trading and financial services Real Sector (60%), Services (30%), Microfinance (10%)

Governance Structure                         

:

  • Board of Advisory Committee comprising recognised institutional shareholders
  • Board Investment Committee comprising the Chairmen/CEO of our investor companies

Investment Types

:

  • Early stage (Start-up to first-stage)
  • Expansion financing
  • Acquisition and Management buy-outs

Investment Criteria

:

  • Companies with captive markets and sustainable growth in per capita consumption
  • Emerging and high growth industries
  • Investments with Keiretsu fit to our portfolio companies
  • Possible high export opportunities
  • Possible multiplier-effect and SME spin-offs
B. West Africa Venture Funds (WAVF)
 

Overview

 

 

The Fund

:

West Africa Venture Fund LLC

Region

:

Liberia and Sierra Leone

Term

:

10 Years

Fund Size

:

US$40million

Investment Size

:

US$100,000 – US$500,000

Target Returns

:

20 – 30%

Sector Focus :

:

General, all commercial sectors not in the IFC/World Bank exclusion list.

Governance Structure

:

Investment Committee comprising at least five members constituted by the General Partner

Advisory Board comprising at least five members constituted by the Limited partners

Core Values

Professionalism

Integrity

Empathy

Core Purpose

UVC aims to be the frontrunner in the provision of Venture Capital to small and medium–sized enterprises in West Africa by leveraging on the strong heritage of our owner institutions to deploy an on-ground local experience-based strategy, building a world class team and operating within the highest professional and ethical standards to deliver attractive triple bottom line returns to our clients and investors.

       
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