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Meet to the 10 Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 finalists!

By Miguel Heilbron on April 10, 2014


UPDATE: Check out videos of 10 African innovators who created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral drug treatment. 
These innovators have been announced by the African Innovation Foundation as the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa 2014.

Chosen from almost 700 applications from 42 countries, the finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) represent Africans’ potential to address challenges that are unique to the continent. The winners of the IPA 2014 will be announced at an awards ceremony on 5 May in Abuja, Nigeria, where keynote speaker, the Honourable Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Minister of finance, will highlight the importance of innovation to unlock Africa’s potential [...]

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Innovators across Africa: time to take your place on the world stage

By Michelle Atagana on April 8, 2014

This article by Michelle Atagana originally appeared on Ventureburn, a VC4Africa publishing partner. 

“Africa has seen some impressive entrepreneurs from the tech-energized streets of West Africa, the innovation hubs of East Africa, and all the way down to the shores of Southern Africa amazing things are being built. But now what?”

It’s starting to get redundant to say tech is big in Africa. Of course tech is big in Africa. Tech is big everywhere – it’s our favourite toy right now. A few weeks ago, I was hanging around Social Media Week in Lagos, Nigeria and what really stood out for me is not that tech is big, but that Africa’s tech explosion is facing some challenges.

The questions people are starting to ask aren’t around the number of [...]

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Last days to apply for PIVOT EAST, East Africa’s mobile startup pitching competition

By Miguel Heilbron on April 7, 2014

PIVOT EAST is East Africa’s mobile startups pitching competition and conference held annually since 2011. The deadline to apply for Pivot East 2014 is this Friday, April 11th! This year’s pitching conference will be held on Tuesday June 24th.

PIVOT EAST is an initiative of m:lab East Africa focused on East Africa’s Mobile developer and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Startups across the region that meet the requirement can start applying for the competition. More info on joining including eligibility criteria may be found on pivoteast.com/how-to-enter.

The competition has five categories: Mobile Finance, Mobile Enterprise, Mobile Entertainment, Mobile Society and Mobile Utility. Each category will feature five finalists who will pitch to an audience of Investors, Development Partners, Government Representatives, Telecom Operators and other key mobile industry players [...]

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VC4Africa community calls on leaders to invest in entrepreneurial ecosystem at 5th EU-Africa Business Forum

By Ben White on April 2, 2014

It is clear Small Medium Sized Enterprises are the backbone of every economy: they are the engines of employment, income generation and economic growth. Yet the conversation at high level forums fails to break down beyond a discussion concerning traditional venture capital and large private equity. The word startup is hardly ever used and there is no focus on building the entrepreneurial community from the grassroots.

Doesn’t the conversation start here?

The VC4Africa community and investment firm Sovec co-chaired the Venture Capital Roundtable at the 5th EU-Africa Business Forum in Brussels. This was a unique opportunity for our 15,000 members from 159 countries to express their concerns, a common voice calling on both EU and African leaders to recognize the entrepreneurial movement coming up across the [...]

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See some of VC4Africa’s contributions to the EU-Africa Business Forum in Brussels this week

By Miguel Heilbron on April 2, 2014


This week VC4Africa co-organized a Roundtable and additional input at the EU-Africa Business Forum, see some tweets with pictures below! Check back later to see more updates added to this article. See @VC4AfricaMentor on Twitter for all the tweets.

     

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VC4Africa members pitch at Angel Fair in Lagos, conversations continue at the AVCA Conference

By Miguel Heilbron on April 2, 2014

This week a number of VC4Africa members pitched at the Angel Fair West Africa, and conversations continued at the Annual Congress of AVCA (the African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association).

Meet the entrepreneurs who pitched at Angel Fair: Seed Capital selection and VC/GC/PE selection. Both events took place in Lagos, Nigeria. See some pictures below. Check back later to see more updates added to this article.

About 100 early stage investors and SME entrepreneurs from within and outside Africa came together at Angel Fair West Africa to talk about deals last weekend, March 29th to 31st. Then on April 1st and 2nd, hundreds of PE investors and other delegates, representing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets under management, came together [...]

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Overview pitching entrepreneurs Angel Fair West Africa, Day 2: VC/GC/PE

By Miguel Heilbron on March 31, 2014

Meet the Day Two selection of entrepreneurs who pitched in front of investors at Angel Fair West Africa in Lagos today! Investors can get additional info on the businesses by checking out their VC4Africa venture profiles.

Below is the VC/GC/PE Day selection. Also see yesterday’s Seed Capital Day selection of entrepreneurs. Follow the links to the companies’ VC4Africa venture profiles below to get more info on the businesses (only VC4Africa Investor Pro Account members can see full details,  documents and contact details on the ventures’ online profiles).

Save & Buy

Save & Buy (S&B) is a web and mobile platform that enables the Nigerian consumer to save towards items they desire in an easy to use, fun and safe environment.  See their VC4Africa venture [...]

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Meet the entrepreneurs pitching at Angel Fair West Africa, Day 1: Seed capital selection

By Miguel Heilbron on March 30, 2014

Meet the companies selected to pitch in front of investors at the inaugural Angel Fair West Africa event in Lagos today! Investors can get additional info on the businesses by checking out their VC4Africa venture profiles.

Below you’ll find the Seed Capital Day selection of entrepreneurs, tomorrow the VC/GC/PE Day selection will follow. Follow the links to the companies’ VC4Africa venture profiles below to get more info on the businesses (only VC4Africa Investor Pro Account members can see full details,  documents and contact details on the ventures’ online profiles).

Farmerline - Ghana

Farmerline provides timely information and better communication channels for small-scale farmers and stakeholders via mobile phone using voice services. See their VC4Africa venture profile.

MyEcampus - Ghana

MyeCampus.net is an online teaching and learning platform with social networking options that allows users (teachers [...]

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“Democratizing Startup Investing” – VC4Africa unleashes ideas at Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014

By Miguel Heilbron on March 26, 2014

 
Last week VC4Africa founder Ben White was one of the speakers at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow, Russia, joining the debate about global entrepreneurial development.

Around 4000 entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem innovators and others from 140 countries attended this “premier inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world”. Check out the pictures, video’s will follow!

Global Entrepreneurship Congress Jonathan Ortmans introduced VC4Africa as an inspiring example of what a venture capital community can achieve. VC4Africa founder Ben White was asked to chair the session “Democratizing Startup Investing”, about innovative ways to increase startup capital and how communities can expand pools of investors. This session included Indiegogo Head International Liz Wald, [...]

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UPDATE: Angel Fair West Africa, Lagos – Pitches, Angels & Nigeria’s Trade Minister Aganga keynote

By Miguel Heilbron on March 26, 2014

Here are some fresh released updates on the inaugural Angel Fair West Africa event in Lagos, where about 100 investors and entrepreneurs from within and outside Africa will come together to “do deals” this weekend, March 30th to 31st. Investors can get additional info on many pitching businesses by checking out their VC4Africa venture profiles. And don’t forget to sign up for the special open & free VC4Africa meetup at the Angel Fair this Saturday, March 29th!

Mr. Olusegun Aganga, Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment will keynote the inaugural Angel Fair West Africa (AFWA) event! Tomi Davies of Lagos Angel Network comments: “To have the Minister Aganga keynote this event is a welcome development, because as the [...]

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