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In the interest of having an ecosystem that is informed, connected and in the loop, we share some of the latest updates from the African early stage investor community. Happy reading.

Are African Innovation Hubs Eagles or Lions?
Opinion Piece by ABAN President, Tomi Davies

For Africa’s innovation hubs to keep adding significant economic value within the ecosystem, they will need to move away from their traditional, grant-maintained, self-contained “eagle flying solo” service delivery method of ideation, resourcing, and operations, and embrace a new “lions in a pride” outlook to value creation for their...

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Celebrating A Growing Number of African Success Stories
Mfonobong Nsehe, Forbes Magazine

“To be an entrepreneur you have to be crazy, but to be an entrepreneur in Africa you must be raving mad!!”. Long time entrepreneur, investor and ABAN co-founder Rebecca Enonchong was one of the keynote speakers last week at the Seedstars World Annual Conference happening every April in Lausanne Switzerland. Seedstars has been leading the way in promoting entrepreneurship across emerging markets. This edition was extra special as Ghanaian Agritech Startup Agrocenta took home the big prize of $500,000...

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Annual Gathering of The Global Business Angel Network
GEC Istanbul with ABAN Co-Founder, Ben White

Business Angels and early stage VC’s from around the world are coming together in Istanbul this week for the 10th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). GEC brings together thousands of delegates from 170 countries to discuss economic and policy challenges around growing entrepreneurial ecosystems. VC4Africa CEO and ABAN Co-founder, Ben White is leading a number of different conversations around early stage investing in Africa....

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XL Africa Companies Secure Funding Post #AAIS2017 Summit
Funding Update on XL Africa Programme

The objective of XL Africa was to find the 20 most promising digital start-ups poised for growth, and to demonstrate that the continent can produce world-class entrepreneurial talent that is actively using disruptive technologies. The program designed by InfoDev/Worldbank and implemented by VC4Africa, Koltai & Co and IMC, culminated in the Residency in Cape Town alongside the African Angel Investor Summit in November 2017.
Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Investing by LAN
Thought Piece by Tomi Davies, ABAN President

Today, the Lagos Angels Network (LAN) has over 60 members in the 5 Syndicates that make investments in Nigerian startups, scaleups and occasionally growups. Syndicate and Network activities are coordinated by the LAN Secretariat which is run by an employed Executive Secretary who reports to the Board of Directors. But how did the network develop over time? Read more about the 5 year LAN journey...

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SAVCA Survey: Call for Participation to SA Angel Investors
Southern African Venture Capital Association Survey

SAVCA would like to invite angel investors and other stakeholders within the Southern Africa venture capital industry to participate in the SAVCA 2018 Venture Capital Survey, which is currently underway. (View the SAVCA 2017 Venture Capital Survey Results)...

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Angel Investor Network Tanzania Set to Launch in May
Update from the African Business Angel Network

Plans have been outlined in Tanzania to launch the first Angel Investors Network in the country. The project spearheaded by SSC Capital, a leading Tanzanian financial management firm, is expected to launch in May. According to SSC Capital CEO, Salum Awadh, “The network will link promising and game changing startups with angel investors across Tanzania and beyond.”

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Accepting Applications: VC4A Business Angel Academy
VC4A Business Angel Academy Opportunity

Take advantage of the first dedicated training program designed for African business professionals looking to support Africa’s up and coming entrepreneurs. Interested in this unique program launching in the continent’s leading startup hubs, Nairobi and Lagos?

This program is focused on giving you the tools to think like an investor and to maximize your impact as a mentor. Understanding how you as a Business Angel can add value to a starting business is core to your journey to becoming a successful Business Angel...

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Port Harcourt Angel Network in the Making
Announcement from the Lagos Angel Network

After extensive preparations and hard work we are excited to report that a first angel network in Port Harcourt - Nigeria’s 3rd largest city’ is taking shape. ABAN president Tomi Davies just returned from spending the weekend with the Port Harcourt team led by Uche Aniche last week. Congratulations and all the best for the future.

Business Angels Come Together In Kampala
Update from the Kampala Angel Investment Network

Angel Investors are set to meet in Kampala. If you want to discover Angel Investment, meet other Angels, or you are curious about beginning your journey as an Angel. Join this community of investors committed to backing Uganda’s most promising entrepreneurs...

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Unique Amazon Offering to the ABAN Investor Family
Announcement from Amazon Web Services

Did you know, African startups like Zapper, Jumo, and Zoona have all benefited from AWS go-to-market programs? Improve your investments by connecting your startups into the ABAN and AWS partnership programs like Activate, where your invested Startup can receive the resources it needs (including credits, training and support) to grow and scale to the next level. Unique OrgID available at request via email.

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