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African venture finance starts here – 7 reasons to list on VC4Africa as an entrepreneur

By Ben White on March 23, 2015

Africa is full of entrepreneurs starting innovative companies with the potential to transform the world. Venture capital community VC4Africa is a network of high potential entrepreneurs and others coming together in a shared mission to efficiently connect network, knowledge and capital.  

VC4Africa facilitates a platform with 20,000 members across Africa and the world. First, you can become a member to make use of all functionalities of the platform. Second, entrepreneurs can register a venture profile. Below are 7 reasons to take this next step and become active.

In short, venture owners on VC4Africa have access to free online tools, mentorship opportunities and the ability to raise capital. Connect with an international pool of sector experts who offer mentorship free of charge. Track your fundraising progress and connect with over 600 investors [...] Continue reading African venture finance starts here – 7 reasons to list on VC4Africa as an entrepreneur »


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DEMO Africa 2015 applications open – Apply now!

By Miguel Heilbron on March 18, 2015

The application window for DEMO Africa 2015 is now open: entrepreneurs can apply today! DEMO Africa partner VC4Africa hosts the application process.

The application window will remain open throughout the months of March, April to close by end of May. This will be followed by all the qualifying applications being taken through an adjudication process after which the top thirty will be invited to pitch on the DEMO Africa stage in September during the DEMO Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria.

Commenting on the announcement, Ben White, Co-Founder and CEO of VC4Africa said: “We are looking forward to having even more mature applications this year. This means that competition will be stiff and I would encourage start-up entrepreneurs to present their best.”

Harry Hare, Executive producer for DEMO Africa [...] Continue reading DEMO Africa 2015 applications open – Apply now! »


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Startup investments vary widely across Africa, VC4Africa shows

By Miguel Heilbron on March 17, 2015

Research by startup funding platform VC4Africa indicates African countries have very different startup scenes, with investments varying widely across the continent. The research shows South Africa has the largest startup investments, Nigeria has most startup investments, and Kenya the largest total startup investments. On Wednesday, March 18, VC4Africa co-founder Ben White will share these and other insights at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan, the world’s premier annual gathering of startup champions, with attendees from over 150 countries.

VC4Africa (Venture Capital for Africa) aims to be the world’s leading online platform for entrepreneurs and investors in Africa. The VC4Africa community has over 20,000 members in 159 countries, including 600 investors. Two thousand entrepreneurs in Africa present their companies on the platform: early [...] Continue reading Startup investments vary widely across Africa, VC4Africa shows »


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Innovation from Africa at Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan this week #GEC2015

By Miguel Heilbron on March 16, 2015

This Wednesday, March 18, ecosystem innovators from across Africa will share their insights at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan, Italy, “the premier inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world”. Check out the names below.

In the session “Building Cohesive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Africa”, experts and practitioners will present the efforts they are making to bring their countries’ entrepreneurial ecosystems together to better support the entrepreneur. African and international speakers will provide a range of solutions to consider. The session is presented by Global Entrepreneurship Network and the LIONS@FRICA partnership, in which VC4Africa is one of the partners. The session takes place on Wednesday, March 18, 4pm to [...] Continue reading Innovation from Africa at Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan this week #GEC2015 »


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VC4Africa launches new partner tool to support organizations targeting African startups

By Miguel Heilbron on March 10, 2015

Looking for a way to reach out to the African startup community and get the best entrepreneurs to apply to your program? VC4Africa, a startup finance platform serving the fastest growing community of African entrepreneurs and investors, launches a new tool to promote partner opportunities to entrepreneurs part of its community.

Event organizers, competition organizers, corporations, foundations, accelerators, incubators, investment funds and other startup ecosystem players can now publish branded promo pages on the VC4Africa platform and use these pages to launch their campaigns and collect applications from entrepreneurs across Africa. Partner Pages are a great way to launch and promote events, programs and campaigns and to engage with the VC4Africa community in an interactive way.

Organizations who were among the first to use VC4Africa’s [...] Continue reading VC4Africa launches new partner tool to support organizations targeting African startups »


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Nigeria’s TopCheck price comparison website closes funding round with European business angels

By Miguel Heilbron on March 5, 2015

Congrats to the VC4Africa listed company TopCheck, a price comparison website for services in Nigeria, that just closed their first financing round with a group of European business angels!

The company said they closed a “six digit Euros financing round”, but did not want to disclose the amount. Launched two months ago, in January 2015, the Lagos based company allows users to compare prices of financial products such as car insurance or health insurance. Users can receive a tailored quote on their desired product online and directly contact the service provider with the most attractive conditions.

In the financing round TopCheck was able to get a group of undisclosed European business angels on board as investors. “This first round will help us to improve our operations in Nigeria and start building [...] Continue reading Nigeria’s TopCheck price comparison website closes funding round with European business angels »


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The Hype and Hustle of African Tech Startups

By Maja Andjelkovic on February 27, 2015

‘Is now a good time to invest in African technology startups?’ asks Maja Andjelkovic of infoDev / WorldBank.

Hardly a day goes by without an African tech startup being featured in the mainstream media. CNN regularly updates its special report on the topic; The Guardian covers local debates surrounding emerging ecosystems; The Financial Times tracks Africa’s mobile revolution; Forbes has extended its “Top 10” series to include African female tech founders; Vanity Fair pins its hopes of “continental lift” on entrepreneurs. Blogs, opinion pieces and social media cover the sector in even more granular detail.

Judging by VC4Africa’s 2015 report on venture finance, perspectives on African incubation and funding models, and the entrepreneurship program announced [...] Continue reading The Hype and Hustle of African Tech Startups »


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Meet the Orange Cohort graduates on VC4Africa: ready for investors!

By Miguel Heilbron on February 24, 2015

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Orange & VC4Africa are pleased to present the Orange African Social Venture Prize 2014 finalist entrepreneurs who graduated from an intensive online acceleration program: a new batch of top entrepreneurs ready for investment.

From November 2014 to February VC4Africa supported the finalists of the Orange African Social Venture Prize 2014 competition with an online acceleration program. The Orange Cohort program sponsored by Orange helped the participants position for growth, get investment-ready and prepared for fundraising.

VC4Africa has been successfully running acceleration programs for the past 2 years, tailoring the curriculum to the needs of partners and sponsors. This is an effective way to give select entrepreneurs targeted support. The Orange Cohort program had an ICT [...] Continue reading Meet the Orange Cohort graduates on VC4Africa: ready for investors! »


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Why ‘venture builders’ are changing the startup model – and how they are connected with Africa

By Ali Diallo on February 19, 2015

What do South Africa’s Springlab, SPARK in Nigeria and Dakar-based JokkoLabs and CTIC have in common? Ali Diallo, VC4Africa Pro Account user and member of the VC4Africa Investor Network, introduces the world of ‘venture builders’. At the bottom of the article you’ll find a special Afterword on the African relevance Ali Diallo wrote for VC4Africa. “A lot of entrepreneurs and analysts don’t realize that Venture Builders are ‘African’ companies at their core”. 

This story originally appeared on VentureBeat, except for the new Afterword at the bottom. 

If you haven’t yet heard of venture-builders — also called tech studios, startup factories, or venture production studios — let me introduce them to you: They’re organizations that build companies using their own ideas and resources.

Unlike incubators and accelerators, venture builders don’t take any applications, nor [...] Continue reading Why ‘venture builders’ are changing the startup model – and how they are connected with Africa »


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Is 2015 the year you raise capital for your venture? 7 tips and tricks

By Ben White on February 16, 2015

Do you require capital to grow your business? If you are working on a scalable business, and think investors should consider backing your venture, VC4Africa is the place for you.

See for example the companies that raised more than USD 27 million over the course of 2014. Our advice? Don’t wait and start early. Fundraising takes time. Much more time than most entrepreneurs might expect. Get ahead of the curve by building a network of trusted business contacts today. Create visibility for your company with a venture profile on VC4Africa and document the progress you are making as a team. In this way you allow prospective partners to follow your journey, to see how you are progressing over time, and so they can [...] Continue reading Is 2015 the year you raise capital for your venture? 7 tips and tricks »