Entrepreneurship	
  Accelerated	
  
THE ENTREPRENEUR
VC4Africa	
  aspires	
  to	
  become	
  the	
  preeminent	
  social	
  network	
  for	
  
entrepreneurs	
...
VALUE ADDED
Our	
  mission	
  is	
  to	
  help	
  our	
  members	
  build	
  game	
  changing	
  
companies	
  that	
  def...
DISTRIBUTION FIRM SIZE
By	
  definiAon	
  ventures	
  on	
  VC4Africa	
  are	
  looking	
  to	
  scale.	
  
ACCESS TO FINANCE
Access	
  to	
  capital	
  is	
  one	
  part	
  of	
  the	
  story.	
  VC4Africa	
  places	
  
equal	
  ...
VIRTUAL INCUBATION
VC4Africa	
  is	
  a	
  virtual	
  incubator,	
  tracking	
  the	
  progress	
  of	
  
entrepreneurs	
 ...
CROWDSOURCING
With	
  members	
  in	
  159	
  countries	
  we	
  tap	
  into	
  a	
  global	
  
network	
  of	
  resources...
1: CAPITAL
The	
  largest	
  network	
  of	
  organizaAons	
  supporAng	
  ventures	
  
under	
  USD	
  1	
  million.	
  
2: MENTORSHIP
Any	
  entrepreneur	
  can	
  register	
  a	
  mentor	
  request.	
  A	
  global	
  
network	
  of	
  expert...
3: TOOLS
Self-­‐learning:	
  Empowering	
  entrepreneurs	
  with	
  access	
  to	
  
tools,	
  templates	
  and	
  knowled...
4: EXPOSURE
ConnecAng	
  entrepreneurs	
  to	
  world	
  class	
  opportuniAes	
  	
  
–	
  to	
  pitch,	
  gain	
  exposu...
5: NETWORKING
Members	
  meet	
  offline	
  every	
  day	
  at	
  one	
  of	
  the	
  many	
  
VC4Africa	
  meetups	
  aroun...
1200 VENTURES
VC4Africa	
  has	
  screened	
  more	
  than	
  1200	
  ventures	
  from	
  40	
  
African	
  countries	
  a...
A FEW FACTS
»	
  We	
  have	
  screened	
  over	
  1200	
  applica5ons	
  and	
  
more	
  than	
  600	
  entrepreneurs	
  ...
A FEW FACTS (cont)
»	
  Each	
  venture	
  is	
  scalable,	
  makes	
  smart	
  use	
  of	
  
technology,	
  or	
  is	
  d...
EXTENDED BITS
A	
  joint	
  venture	
  and	
  funding	
  resulted	
  in	
  the	
  launch	
  of	
  a	
  
SoWware	
  TesAng	...
KNELLEN
Local	
  and	
  foreign	
  angel	
  investors	
  connected	
  to	
  launch	
  virtual	
  
EgypAan	
  art	
  market...
SHOP SOKO
AWer	
  being	
  selected	
  for	
  DEMO	
  Africa,	
  Shop	
  Soko	
  went	
  on	
  to	
  
close	
  700K	
  in	...
AGRO MART
ConnecAng	
  with	
  investors	
  to	
  launch	
  the	
  first	
  Agro	
  informaAon	
  
service	
  and	
  organi...
MKAZI
Job	
  search	
  for	
  blue	
  collar	
  workers	
  via	
  mobile	
  phone.	
  
From	
  concept	
  to	
  Series	
  ...
DORKING DAIRIES
Mentorship	
  in	
  markeAng,	
  investment	
  in	
  Cold	
  Storage,	
  
and	
  roll	
  out	
  of	
  micr...
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Join	
  the	
  VC4Africa	
  community	
  as	
  we	
  work	
  together	
  to	
  
power	
  Africa’s	
  gre...
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Accelerating entrepreneurship in Africa

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VC4Africa is building a leading peer-to-peer network that connects African based entrepreneurs with the resources (network, knowledge and capital) they require to realize their potential. By our definition, every entrepreneur we engage creates value in the areas of people, planet and profit.

Problem Statement

Innovative early stage ventures with the potential to yield high social and environmental impact - and requiring less than USD $1 million in financing (the 'S' in SME) - are the most difficult segment of the SME pipeline to reach. This is especially true in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa. Often times early stage ventures have a limited track record and lack the collateral needed to secure debt capital from a local bank. Moreover, local banks and traditional financiers too often do not appreciate the dynamics of the entrepreneur’s specific business and therefore cannot add value beyond financial capital. The cost and complexity of due diligence is one of the limiting factors for those interested and able to invest in this segment. It simply costs too much to find genuine entrepreneurs with a solid business idea and plan—just ask anyone with an SME fund and they’ll tell you how ‘hard it is to find qualified deal flow.’ As a result, most existing SME funds seek larger deals and the highest margin businesses. At the same time, micro-credit is limited in its ability to support high growth businesses beyond small-scale enterprise and leaves entrepreneurs with potential standing on the sideline. This dynamic creates an early stage “vacuum” in which a large number of potentially thriving, innovative companies are either constrained to be micro-enterprises, and hence have a limited impact on economic growth and job creation, or don’t come into existence at all. This tends to shut out promising entrepreneurs in the sub-$1 million financing range indiscriminately, or raises the cost of capital to prohibitively high levels—above the already-high rate of return on capital exhibited by many SMEs—making financing uneconomical.

Our Objective

VC4Africa exists to fill this vacuum. As the largest network connecting African entrepreneurs, angel investors and early stage VCs, VC4Africa seeks to reduce the barriers to investing in small and growing businesses with high potential to contribute to innovation and economic growth throughout Africa. But we are more than a social network. We seek to leverage our data in meaningful ways to increase access to resources and facilitate successful business and investment connections to African entrepreneurs with currently limited access. VC4Africa develops tools that work to efficiently connect members and, in our community’s drive to fuel innovation, create jobs and bring rapid economic growth to communities throughout the continent.

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Accelerating entrepreneurship in Africa

  1. 1. Entrepreneurship  Accelerated  
  2. 2. THE ENTREPRENEUR VC4Africa  aspires  to  become  the  preeminent  social  network  for   entrepreneurs  and  investors.  
  3. 3. VALUE ADDED Our  mission  is  to  help  our  members  build  game  changing   companies  that  defy  the  missing  middle.  
  4. 4. DISTRIBUTION FIRM SIZE By  definiAon  ventures  on  VC4Africa  are  looking  to  scale.  
  5. 5. ACCESS TO FINANCE Access  to  capital  is  one  part  of  the  story.  VC4Africa  places   equal  focus  to  the  non-­‐financial  needs  of  its  entrepreneurs.    
  6. 6. VIRTUAL INCUBATION VC4Africa  is  a  virtual  incubator,  tracking  the  progress  of   entrepreneurs  &  supporAng  their  growth  &  development   over  Ame.  
  7. 7. CROWDSOURCING With  members  in  159  countries  we  tap  into  a  global   network  of  resources.  
  8. 8. 1: CAPITAL The  largest  network  of  organizaAons  supporAng  ventures   under  USD  1  million.  
  9. 9. 2: MENTORSHIP Any  entrepreneur  can  register  a  mentor  request.  A  global   network  of  experts  is  available  free  of  charge.  
  10. 10. 3: TOOLS Self-­‐learning:  Empowering  entrepreneurs  with  access  to   tools,  templates  and  knowledge  resources.    
  11. 11. 4: EXPOSURE ConnecAng  entrepreneurs  to  world  class  opportuniAes     –  to  pitch,  gain  exposure  &  meet  partners.    
  12. 12. 5: NETWORKING Members  meet  offline  every  day  at  one  of  the  many   VC4Africa  meetups  around  the  world.  
  13. 13. 1200 VENTURES VC4Africa  has  screened  more  than  1200  ventures  from  40   African  countries  and  counAng.  
  14. 14. A FEW FACTS »  We  have  screened  over  1200  applica5ons  and   more  than  600  entrepreneurs  have  successfully   published  their  venture  online;     »  The  ventures  on  VC4Africa  are  early  stage  and   require  investments  between  USD  $10K  and  USD   $1  million;     »  The  primary  sectors  include  mobile,  web,  energy,     health  care  and  agriculture,  amongst  others;  
  15. 15. A FEW FACTS (cont) »  Each  venture  is  scalable,  makes  smart  use  of   technology,  or  is  disrup5ve  in  their  applica5on  of  a   business  model;     »  Thirty  percent  of  the  registered  ventures  have   some  form  of  social  mission  and  could  be  qualified   as  a  social  enterprise;     »  Listed  entrepreneurs  have  access  to  free  online   tools,  mentorship  opportuni5es  and  private  deal   rooms.      
  16. 16. EXTENDED BITS A  joint  venture  and  funding  resulted  in  the  launch  of  a   SoWware  TesAng  facility  in  Somaliland.  
  17. 17. KNELLEN Local  and  foreign  angel  investors  connected  to  launch  virtual   EgypAan  art  market.    
  18. 18. SHOP SOKO AWer  being  selected  for  DEMO  Africa,  Shop  Soko  went  on  to   close  700K  in  funding.  
  19. 19. AGRO MART ConnecAng  with  investors  to  launch  the  first  Agro  informaAon   service  and  organic  grocery  store  in  Buea,  Cameroon.  
  20. 20. MKAZI Job  search  for  blue  collar  workers  via  mobile  phone.   From  concept  to  Series  A.  
  21. 21. DORKING DAIRIES Mentorship  in  markeAng,  investment  in  Cold  Storage,   and  roll  out  of  micro  milk  entrepreneurs  network.  
  22. 22. JOIN THE MOVEMENT Join  the  VC4Africa  community  as  we  work  together  to   power  Africa’s  greatest  entrepreneurs!  
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