Resource bank

Explore this resource bank to find toolkits, advice and information for business in Sierra Leone, as well as COVID-19 resources including health advice, policy responses and guides for businesses. Search key words or use the filter buttons to refine your search.

Acumen and Invest Salone impact investment deal summit 2021

Acumen and Invest Salone brought together representatives from seven impact investors for the impact investment deal summit, concluding a rigorous seven-week bootcamp designed to help companies fine-tune their business plans and improve their understanding of institutional impact investment. The 11 participating entrepreneurs were chosen for their commitment to driving positive social change in Sierra Leone through their businesses. Watch this video to find out more.

Topic: Entrepreneurship and innovation
Geographic Focus: Sierra Leone
Published by: Invest Salone

Textiles in Sierra Leone

Diversifying Sierra Leone’s economy is essential for the country’s economic and social development. Traditional Sierra Leonean textiles such as gara (a form of tie dye) and country cloth (cotton cloth hand woven in narrow strips and sewn together) offer opportunities to tap into a dynamic global fashion market.

Spotlight on Innovation: Red Lion Bakery goes online

This series showcases businesses in Sierra Leone that are finding innovative ways to operate. The Red Lion Bakery became the first bakery in Sierra Leone to introduce online sales. Read about their story here.

Topic: Entrepreneurship and innovation
Sector: Other
Geographic Focus: Sierra Leone
Published by: Invest Salone

The future of work in Africa: The roles of skills, informality, and social protection in unleashing the promise of digital technologies for all

This article discusses a new World Bank report about how sub-Saharan African countries could benefit from well-harnessed technological adoption and how supportive policies and investments are needed to put lower-skilled and lower-educated workers in a position to benefit from digital technology adoption.

The state of entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone: Snapshot

This snapshot outlines the key issues that hamper the productivity of Sierra Leone’s entrepreneurial landscape across SOBA’s main focus areas. Interventions conducted by SOBA and other players in the ecosystem are also discussed. Full details of how the pillars of entrepreneurship impact small and growing businesses can be found in the full report.

The state of entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone: Full report

This is a study on the impact of each of the pillars of entrepreneurial ecosystems (Business Support, Finance, Human Capital, Culture, Policy, R&D, Infrastructure and Markets) on small and growing businesses. There are also policy recommendations for each pillar. In addition to details of these pillars, there are informative sections (1) Sierra Leone successful growth entrepreneurs characteristics and stories and (2) data base of business support services available to entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone.

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