On this episode of SME half hour, we were excited to have Adekunle Adebiyi as a guest. Adekunle or 3A has he is popular called, is the Vice President of MBO Capital Management (MCM), a private equity firm in Lagos that invests exclusively in SMEs.
He responded to a wide range of questions that we are sure most SME’s will be interested in knowing.
We listed the questions below as a guide as you listen to the podcast. As usual, Tunji Andrews was the host along with Dan Foster and Bukola.
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- Could you give us a brief introduction of yourself and your career prior to private equity
- What is private equity ? How is it different from venture capital, shares or debt financing ?
- What are the advantages of private equity investments over other forms of finance ?
- Why do small businesses find it difficult to raise funds in Nigeria, particularly via private equity?
- What do private equity funds look for when investing in a business ?
- A common fear with many SME owners regarding private equity is a loss of control ? How do you assure them that they wont lose control of their business ?
- Technology and agriculture are the new growth areas in the Nigerian economy, what are your view about these two sectors from a private sector perspective?
- Have current foreign exchange challenges made it difficult for you to invest in Nigerian businesses ? Especially those involved in manufacturing ?
- Why do private equity firms exit firms when they are doing well ?
- What are the common problems sme owners face in running their businesses, and how can they solve them ?
- What advice would give to entrepreneurs just starting a business ?