What we do
- Business development
- Strategic advisory services
- Project management
SoVenture helps European businesses and investors, and West African entrepreneurs develop sustainable, scalable businesses that cater to local markets in West Africa. SoVenture also provides support to West African entrepreneurs seeking finance for growth or a European partner. Primary working area is the Mano River Union: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Ivory Coast.
- Source and evaluate investment opportunities;
- Market research;
- Draft business plans, seek out partners, financing;
- Seminars and presentations about doing business in specific countries;
- Customized business and employee development programmes.
Strategic advisory services
SoVenture provides advice on strategic issues in the field of entrepreneurship, market positioning and local economic development. Clients are SMEs, public authorities and institutions. SoVenture also supports SMEs wishing to take their first steps in West Africa and vice versa: West African businesses that want to take their first steps in Europe.
- Strategic policy advice
- Strategic business advice
- Socio-economic market research
SoVenture offers project management in various fields. Core is always that different parties should be guided towards a common goal. Think of support for strengthening the economic structure, the market launch of a product in Europe or the overall coordination of tendering processes.
Fair and just entrepreneurship
Being in control. Having your hands on the wheel. SoVenture believes it is important that people be able to take substantive decisions that ensure economic independence. Irregardless of whether that person is an entrepreneur in West Africa or in Europe. By supporting entrepreneurship and developing local and regional economies, people start taking action and exerting more control over their own lives.
In this, fair and just entrepreneurship are important core values to SoVenture.
- Project management of several tenders for a healthcare provider in the Netherlands
- Strategic policy advice for a Dutch municipality to support the growth and development of the self-employed and micro SMEs
- Funding for the expansion of a Guinean company
- Market introduction in Europe of a product from a company in Sierra Leone
De Noorderbrug, the NetherlandsView project
Coordination of various national and European tenders issued by municipalities. Helped develop a marketing strategy for healthcare products in the new context of decentralized municipal healthcare.
OLEA SARL, MaliView project
Advised an exporter of seeds and nuts on the process of applying for a loan from a Dutch fund for expansion of the company’s working capital. Researched possible funders, updated firm’s business plan, and coordinated loan request process.
Province of Overijssel, the NetherlandsView project
Interviewed the 25 Overijssel municipalities and researched best practices in the Netherlands to determine possible avenues for municipal and provincial policies to support business start-ups.
City of Zwolle, the NetherlandsView project
Researched possible avenues for municipal economic policy to support self-employed and micro businesses in their growth and development.
“I get things done.”
SoVenture was founded by Tonia Dabwe, daughter of Dutch-Liberian parents. Deeply rooted in both cultures, her solid financial background, large international network, experience in the business, government and nonprofit sectors, and her personal passion, enable her to create sustainable economic connections. Connections that lead to fair and just entrepreneurship and a win-win situation for both the investor and the local or regional market in West Africa. But also for SMEs and other organisations in the Netherlands dealing with strategic business issues.
Tonia warms to complex and challenging assignments which allow her room to deliver on her personal mission: empowering people to take (more) control of their own future. She approaches these issues in an analytical, strategic and results-oriented manner.
Tonia receives the International African Woman of the Year 2013 award in London for work done by her NGO Mineke Foundation in Liberia.