Algebra Ventures II

Location:

Regional

Project number:

53075

Business sector:

Equity funds

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

10 Dec 2021

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

10 Dec 2021

As per section 1.4.2 (iii) of the Directive on Access to Information: "For Projects approved by Bank management where the Board of Directors has delegated the approval authority, the PSD shall be disclosed at the start of the relevant no-objection notification period to a member country of the Bank in accordance with Article 13 (iii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD."

Project Description

An equity commitment of up to US$ 15 million in favour of Algebra Ventures II Cooperatief U.A (Fund). The project will form part of the Bank's Early-Stage Innovation Facility, a €100 million facility through which the EBRD selectively invests in early-stage venture capital funds.

Project Objectives

The Fund will make equity and equity-related venture capital investments in early-stage technology companies in Egypt.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 100

PTI 100 (ESIF Framework)

The project will contribute towards the overall transition goals of the Early-Stage Innovation Facility, specifically seeking to enhance the resilience of financial markets by expanding the local venture capital asset class and increasing the competitiveness of innovative early-stage companies.

Client Information

ALGEBRA VENTURES II

The Fund will be managed by Algebra Ventures II B.V.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 15,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 90,000,000.00

Additionality

The Bank's participation will support the Fund in reaching its target size.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). The Fund will be required to comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements 2, 4 and 9, adopt and implement the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Active Equity Funds and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank. The Fund Manager will complete and return the E&S due diligence questionnaire for ESD to review and to assess its compliance with the Performance Requirements.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None.

Company Contact Information

Algebra Ventures
info@algebraventures.com
https://algebraventures.com/
G131, 171 Tahrir St, The GrEEK Campus, Cairo, Egypt

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

10 Dec 2021

Understanding Transition

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

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