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5 things to know about the Green Pioneer Accelerator, with €100K for Africa’s best sustainability startups!

By Miguel Heilbron on October 20, 2014

A new acceleration program for green entrepreneurs was announced last month, targeting green entrepreneurs looking to take their innovations to scale in Africa. Below you’ll find 5 key things to know about this ambitious program.

The application process still runs for little over a month, until the 1st of December 2014. Don’t wait until the last moment to apply!

1. Why this program?

Finding solutions for pressing social and environmental issues has traditionally been the domain of the public sector and civil society. However, entrepreneurs have recently emerged as a powerful force for change. But as Africa has just begun to test the Green social enterprise/inclusive business approach, the impact investment market place has yet to find its feet. To date, few efficient mechanisms have [...] Continue reading 5 things to know about the Green Pioneer Accelerator, with €100K for Africa’s best sustainability startups! »


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10 Startups from Nigeria you have to know about

By Jenni Lansisyrja on October 16, 2014

Below we feature 10 top startups from Nigeria, all fundraising on VC4Africa!

Click on the venture profiles below for more info, read the documentation and connect with the entrepreneurs. Only accredited investors who registered a VC4Africa Pro Account can access the company’s private documents, business plans, financial projections and all other details from the listed ventures’ VC4Africa profiles. (Login with your existing Pro Account here, or get more info.)

 Venture  Funding  Country   Artifind is a platform to find artisans with one click, ranging from tailors, barbers, and mechanics down to painters. Visit their VC4Africa venture profile to learn more. Funding required: USD 30,000 NigeriaTELIOS Trading is a social enterprise organizing small oil palm farmers across Nigeria [...] Continue reading 10 Startups from Nigeria you have to know about »

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Orange & VC4Africa launch online acceleration program for Orange African Social Venture Prize finalists

By Miguel Heilbron on October 13, 2014

Orange & VC4Africa lancent un programme d’accélération en ligne. Version en français plus bas / See below for French.

Orange teamed up with startup funding platform VC4Africa to set up an online acceleration program for the top ICT entrepreneurs from the 2014 Orange African Social Venture Prize. The programme will help entrepreneurs position themselves for growth and prepare for investment.

The Orange African Social Venture Prize rewards entrepreneurs developing products or services that use ICT in an innovative way to meet the needs of Africans in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade. Applications for the prize closed in September.

New this year is that Orange will offer a professional and expert coaching not only to the winners but also to the 10 finalists [...] Continue reading Orange & VC4Africa launch online acceleration program for Orange African Social Venture Prize finalists »


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Why Africa’s startup scenes need better investment promotion legislation – learnings from Ghana

By Auria Styles on October 10, 2014

“The Ghana Investment Promotion Act (GIPCA) makes it virtually impossible for international tech investors to invest in Ghana’s start-ups” writes Auria Styles, cross-border transactional attorney, among other things responsible for detailing parts of the investment deal by Ghanaian startup Saya and US based company Kirusa. What should be changed?

As references to Africa’s “Cheetah Generation” fall off the tongues of global investment bankers as commonly as “BRICs” did in the early 2000s, Accra has become a mandatory destination for the world’s venture capitalists and angel investors. It’s a gold mine for savvy tech companies scouting for talent and access to Africa’s promising digital economy. Along with its surge towards a tech-driven future, Ghana has been managing its debut as an emerging oil nation, [...] Continue reading Why Africa’s startup scenes need better investment promotion legislation – learnings from Ghana »


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New USD 15-20k investment in Nigeria’s fuel station app E-Pump

By Miguel Heilbron on October 6, 2014

Congrats to entrepreneur Ayodeji Ogundiran, founder of VC4Africa registered company E-Pump, and their investors including VC4Africa member Michael Oluwagbemi, who just closed a new seed investment deal!

The seed investment round in E-Pump was announced by LoftyInc Allied Partners Limited, operator of the Wennovation Hub high-impact start-up acceleration program in Lagos, Nigeria. Michael Oluwagbemi, Executive Partner at LoftyInc, told VC4Africa “the invested sum is within the $15,000 to $25,000 bracket that we invest in early stage teams, with the option to invest up to four times the initial invested amount in a follow up round.” The investment was syndicated among a group of investors affiliated with the venture and product development firm based in Lagos.

At Wennovation Hub, LoftyInc provides “everything from management consulting [...] Continue reading New USD 15-20k investment in Nigeria’s fuel station app E-Pump »


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12 of Africa’s top tech startups building amazing platforms

By Miguel Heilbron on October 6, 2014

By Miguel Heilbron & Jenni Lansisyrja

Check out 12 African tech startups building amazing platforms, and get in touch with these upcoming business leaders! 

All of the listed companies have just launched their products at DEMO Africa 2014 before investors, media, strategic buyers and others attendants from around the world. Click on the venture profiles below for more info, read the documentation and connect with the entrepreneurs. Only accredited investors who registered a VC4Africa Pro Account can access the company’s private documents, business plans, financial projections and all other details from the listed ventures’ VC4Africa profiles. (Login with your existing Pro Account here, or get more info.)

     Cribpark -  Nigeria Cribpark is a web-platform including home design catalogue, web shop, and project [...] Continue reading 12 of Africa’s top tech startups building amazing platforms »


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VC4Africa meetups – a great way to connect with entrepreneurs & investors near you

By Nathalie Gonçalves Aurélio on October 3, 2014

These past couple of months we have had a lot of exciting VC4Africa meetups taking place around the globe. In July VC4Africa was in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for the very first time! The past weeks we also had events in London, Kampala, Nairobi, Mansoura and Amsterdam.

VC4Africa meetups have been hosted in more than 100 cities across the globe, and on November the 20th – in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 – local VC4Africa members all over the world will organize a big number of meetups on the same night! For Thursday November 20th meetups are already confirmed in 20 cities, and we hope this will be more than doubled. Why would you join and organize a VC4Africa meetup in your city? Below some experiences shared [...] Continue reading VC4Africa meetups – a great way to connect with entrepreneurs & investors near you »


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VC4Africa Investor Summit at DEMO Africa boosts pan-African angel investor community

By Miguel Heilbron on September 28, 2014

Angel investor networks from across Africa will investigate how to work together in a pan-African Business Angel Network. This is one of the outcomes of the Investor Summit hosted by venture capital community VC4Africa this past Wednesday, September 24th, at the DEMO Africa 2014 event in Lagos, Nigeria.

At the Investor Summit a diverse group of investors discussed “The Future of Angel Investing in Africa”. The investors present, both local and international, included angel investors, impact investors, venture capital funds, and corporate venture capital actors; all focused on early stage SME investing in Africa.

VC4Africa’s CEO and Founder Ben White explains: “Going into the third year of DEMO Africa, we introduce a new exclusive investor-only event as part of the DEMO Africa 2014 event. [...] Continue reading VC4Africa Investor Summit at DEMO Africa boosts pan-African angel investor community »


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Live Blog: Top 40 startups launch at DEMO Africa 2014

By Miguel Heilbron on September 25, 2014

DEMO Africa is the premier platform for the best and brightest companies throughout Africa seeking to launch their products in front of a global audience. On Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, 40 entrepreneurs are launching their innovations at DEMO Africa 2014, in Lagos, Nigeria. VC4Africa has a front row seat and live-blogs the event in real-time, follow the updates as they happen below! Investors with a VC4Africa Pro Account have access to background documents and full details of the startups who launch.

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It’s a wrap, see you at DEMO Africa 2015!!

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Closing remarks: Bunmi Okunowo, Special Assistant on Information Technology to the Honorable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology

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Chura (Kenya)!

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Live Blog: VC4Africa Investor Summit at DEMO Africa – the Future of Angel Investing in Africa

By Miguel Heilbron on September 24, 2014

On Wednesday September 24, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM West African time (GMT+1), VC4Africa presents the Investor Summit “The Future of Angel Investing in Africa” at DEMO Africa 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. We’ll be live-blogging the event in real-time, follow the updates as they happen below!

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Join us tomorrow for a new live blog: live from DEMO Africa!!

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David van Dijk (VC4Africa) & Harry Hare (DEMO Africa) thank all participants and invite all the investors to join the next days at DEMO Africa where Africa’s top innovators will present their pitches!

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Closing remarks from Dehab Ghebreab Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State / LIONS Partnership.

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Ben White (VC4Africa) closes [...] Continue reading Live Blog: VC4Africa Investor Summit at DEMO Africa – the Future of Angel Investing in Africa »