International Christian Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fund
Raising support for Christian educational and entrepreneurial endeavors in developing nations around the globe.
We believe Africa is just a generation away from establishing itself as a leader in business innovation and economic breakthrough. ICIE Fund’s vision is to equip the upcoming generation of African men, women, and small and mid-size enterprises that will own this new era.
Our mission is to provide support to organizations in Africa and other developing countries seeking to train and equip competent Christian business leaders. These organizations will educate, mentor, and help launch small to medium-sized local businesses that alleviate poverty and encourage economic growth. Establishment of small to medium size businesses can fill the “missing middle” between giant multinational conglomerates and sprawling micro-businesses common in developing countries.
Jun Explains Why Africa and Why Business
Jun Shiomitsu founded African Business Institute (ABI) in 2016. As president of ABI, Jun launched multiple companies in southeast Africa and advised Asian and European corporates expanding into African continent.
Prior to this, Jun co-founded Deutch Bank Group’s Global Financial Institute in Switzerland, before which he was Assistant Vice President CitiBank, Japan, Treasury Department. Jun has successfully led multinational projects in Japan, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Uganda, and Malawi. Jun holds an MBA from Cambridge University.
Presently, Jun Shiomitsu is President of AVODA Group, an entrepreneurship program in Uganda (www.avodagroup.org).
raising business leaders & transforming lives
Africa and other developing countries normally have two types of businesses: multinational conglomerates and a sprawling micro business sector. There is a “missing middle” in these countries.
In the developed countries 50-60% of businesses are small, owner-run companies employing 50-100 workers. ICIE Fund’s goal is to help raise competent business leaders to fill this missing middle.
Will it work?
ICIE Fund’s board and staff has worked alongside a university level MBA program in Uganda and Malawi to foster community-based businesses for the past four years. There have been many positive results.
Join the Transformation
Support African Christian business organizations and beyond one at a time. Those who train and guide new businesses need your support.