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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 […]

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Cameroon Angels Network selects #YouCAN Pitch Competition winners

By Miguel Heilbron on February 9, 2015

Congrats to the #YouCAN Pitch Competition Winners selected by Cameroon Angels Network (CAN)! Three startups will receive cash prizes and up to $40,000 in investment each.

The #YouCAN pitch competition was organized by Cameroon Angels Network (CAN) in partnership with ActivSpaces, VC4Africa and Sanaga Ventures. Via a campaign page on CAN’s VC4Africa Partner Page the competition was open to all startups in Cameroon. CAN invests in all sectors and industries with a particular interest in technology. Founded in 2014, Cameroon Angels Network (CAN) is the first network of angel investors in Cameroon.

The #YouCAN competition attracted over 45 applicants from all over Cameroon vying for the opportunity to be selected as the first investment of the newly created CAN. After an initial selection process, […]

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Exciting times to invest in Africa – Expert comments to 2015 Venture Finance in Africa results

By Jasper Grosskurth on December 23, 2014

The VC4Africa 2015 Report: Venture Finance in Africa shows the progress of early-stage growth companies across Africa. Jasper Grosskurth, Managing Director at Research Solutions Africa Ltd, reacts to the results below. This article is also included in the report.

These are exciting times for those who invest in Africa. We observe a strong increase of interest ranging from small scale investors to global multi-billion dollar funds. Their money meets an increasing number and diversity of businesses. New ways to match funds with businesses, such as VC4Africa, are catalysts for this growth of activity.

Less than 1%: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, CAR, Chad, DRC, Gambia, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, […]

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VC4Africa introduces integrated QuickScan for investors

By Bill Zimmerman on December 2, 2014

The team at VC4Africa has been busy and we’re pleased to introduce the new integrated QuickScan — a fast and easy way to show investors where you are in building your business.

There are no right or wrong answers. Some investors back early stage companies while others focus on growth stage. This is a tool that improves your chances of meeting the right investors.

Too often entrepreneurs only give themselves a few months to secure funding, when in reality it can take a year or sometimes even longer to find the right investors for your company. The best way to make sure you don’t find yourself in a tight squeeze is to always be fundraising. Grow your network of contacts now. Build your visibility and […]

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African Business Angels Network (ABAN) launches at EBAN 2014

By Ben White on November 19, 2014

African investor network group establishes pan-African association to promote Angel investing and accelerate early stage entrepreneurship.

In the past few years, business angel networks have been created across Africa with many more expected to emerge the next few years. To facilitate this growth of investor networks for early stage entrepreneurship on the continent, some of the existing networks including the Lagos Angels Network (LAN), Cameroon Angel Network (CAN), Cairo Angels, Ghana Angel Network (GAIN), Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa) and Silicon Cape, and with support from the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), have come together to establish a pan-African network of networks called the African Business Angels Network (ABAN).

The idea of such a pan-African network was first discussed at […]

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Meet the business angel investing five digit sums in African startups Karibu Solar & Soko via VC4Africa

By Miguel Heilbron on November 18, 2014

What is the value African startup funding portal VC4Africa creates and how is this relevant to international angel investors? Read the interview below!

Dr. Stefan Shaw is a manager based in Munich, Germany who recently joined the VC4Africa community as an Investor Pro Account user. “My wife and I have decided to dedicate a percentage of our income to social impact in Africa. Instead of supporting aid projects, we want to support businesses in Africa that are sustainable regarding both social impact and financial performance,” he shares.

Why did you join VC4Africa?

“On my quest to find businesses that meet those criteria and are raising capital I stumbled upon VC4Africa. Over the past months I’ve been using the platform to identify ventures that fit our profile. […]

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Pitching the Africa opportunity to international investors at EBAN Winter University

By Thomas van Halen on November 6, 2014

For the first time ever, early-stage investors from Africa and the Middle East will join their European colleagues as they gather to exchange best practices and create cross-border investment opportunities in the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial economies.

The European Business Angel Network (EBAN) Winter University Conference in Helsinki will bring together top notch angels from across the world including Tomi Davies (Lagos Angels), David Rose (Gust/Rose Ventures), Jenny Tooth (UK Angels), Peter Jungen (German Angels) and Abdulmalek Al-Jaber (Middle East Angel Network), together with European Crowd Funding Network President Oliver Gajda. This year’s event will focus on celebrating and creating “Success Stories” and inspiring “Cross-Border and Cross-Continent Business Angel Investment and Exits”. 

VC4Africa’s David van Dijk explains: “The Helsinki event will be a great platform to […]

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Ghana Angel Investor Network invests 110K USD in education tech startup Revo

By Miguel Heilbron on October 31, 2014

Congratulations to VC4Africa member Revo and the Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN)! They recently closed an investment deal of around 110K USD, GAIN’s first investment!

The Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN), a network of high net worth individuals, launched with only 6 founding members and today has an impressive network of 24 investors, with a keen interest in startups. The GAIN network is diverse with investors having interests in sectors such as technology, agriculture, education and healthcare.

GAIN was established by Ghana’s Venture Capital Trust Fund to bridge the funding gap for very early-stage companies. The Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) recognized the need to provide a platform for established entrepreneurs to assist aspiring entrepreneurs with capital and mentorship.

Revo is a Ghana based technology […]

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Pan-African Business Angel Network to be founded this November

By Miguel Heilbron on October 24, 2014

The formation of an African Business Angel Network continues! After the Investor Summit at DEMO Africa 2014 in Lagos a next big meeting will be held in November, parallel to the European Business Angel Forum in Helsinki, Finland. Do you want to be involved?

This September startup funding community Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa) hosted the first pan-African Angel Investor Summit at the DEMO Africa 2014 event in Lagos. Central to the Lagos discussion was the creation of a Pan African Business Angel Network (ABAN), a member driven association. VC4Africa, Lagos Angels Network (LAN) and the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) support this initiative and now invite others to join moving forward.

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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. […]

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