Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2018

For investors, by investors

Africa’s early stage investor community convenes on November 11th and 12th for the 5th Africa Early Stage Investor Summit. This exclusive investor-only event, hosted at Workshop17 in Cape Town, South Africa, unites key ecosystem stakeholders from across the continent and beyond, to exchange best practices, learn from peers and recent transactions, and do deals.

Our speakers and guests represent angel networks, impact funds, leading accelerators, corporate venture arms, industry associations, and public sector agencies. The 2017 edition has been our biggest event to date, with over 300 delegates attending and almost all major African angel networks and VC funds represented. Our 5th-anniversary event promises to further raise the bar, featuring renown guests from overseas and also kicking off the whole week of startup industry events in Cape Town.

The Summit will encompass VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A, featuring investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent looking to raise between $250K and $5M.




Why attend

The African startup ecosystem is on the move. Not only are the number of ventures growing, but the quality of the businesses is improving. Never before has the pipeline of African innovation been so investible. And where talent leads the way, money is close to follow. More than 60 angel networks are setting up across the continent and a growing class of Africa-focused VC investors is backing and scaling up the best of the best. Once a year, this community of industry leaders comes together to share best practices and to learn from peers. The best companies are invited to join this meeting as talent and capital collide.

  • 300+ leaders from the Africa startup, innovation and investment industry
  • The latest trends, insights and industry research
  • Workshops and masterclasses for investors by investors
  • Exclusive networking and co-investment opportunities
  • Option to nominate startups in your portfolio to attend this event
  • An awards ceremony recognizing the best of the best
  • Investor Cocktail, Industry Leaders Dinner and Innovation Tour
  • Full week VIP investor pass including partner events (AHUB, AfricaCom, AfricArena)

A rich networking experiences with a highly focused yet varied program. Lovely Waterfront Cape Town with views of table mountain.

Summit program

Sunday – November 11

Series of investor masterclasses and workshops + invite-only investor cocktail.

Monday – November 12

Full day Summit at Workshop 17 (17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront), including networking breakfast + investor dinner at Radisson RED (No. 6 Silo, Silo Square, V & A Waterfront).

Wednesday – November 14 (optional)

Cape Town Innovation Tour, organized together with our partner Merck Group.



11:00 Registration open at Workshop17
12:00 Walk in coffee and brunch
Track 1 Masterclasses for aspiring and new angels

13:00 – 14:30 Introduction to angel investing
Profile Photo H. 'Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
Profile Photo Charles Sidman, ECS Capital Partners

14:30 – 15:00 Network break

15:00 – 16:30 The social impact investor
Profile Photo Aunnie Patton Power, UCT GSB

Track 2 Masterclasses for experienced (angel) investors

13:00 – 14:30 Mentor capital
Profile Photo Stephen Gugu, ABAN + VBAN
Profile Photo Abu Bakr Cassim, Jozi Angels

14:30 – 15:00 Network break

15:00 – 16:30 Unwrapping the exit
Profile Photo Keet van Zyl, Knife Capital
Profile Photo Andrea Böhmert, Knife Capital

17:00 Investor cocktail


08:00 Registration & Network breakfast
09:00 Opening remarks
Profile Photo Ben White, VC4A
09:10 Opening keynote
The investment landscape
Profile Photo H. 'Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
09:20 Opening panel
State of play: Understanding the current Investment Climate in Africa
Profile Photo Marieme Diop, Orange Digital Ventures
Profile Photo Keet van Zyl, Knife Capital
Profile Photo Khaled Ismail, KI Angel
Profile Photo Ido Sum, TLcom Capital Partners
Profile Photo Aaron Fu (moderator), MEST
10:00 Opening keynote
The successful entrepreneur
Profile PhotoSam Paddock, Getsmarter
10:10 Keynote
’From the Outside in’
Profile Photo Peter Cowley, EBAN
10:30 Fireside chat
The corporate investor
Profile Photo Rebecca Enonchong (moderator), ABAN + Cameroon Angels Network
11:00 Network break
11:30 Parallel sessions

Investor panel
Is the Silicon Valley venture capital model not working in Africa?
Profile Photo Wale Ayeni, IFC
Profile Photo Manuel Koser, Silvertree Internet Holdings
Profile Photo Craig Mullett, Branison Group
Profile Photo Adedana Ashebir, Village Capital
Profile Photo Matthew Buckland, Ventureburn

The impact of the rise of female investors
Tenemba Anna Samaké, MBC Africa
Profile Photo Jocelyn Cheng, Global Innovation Fund
Profile Photo Yemi Keri, Rising Tide Africa
Profile PhotoAllie Burns, Village Capital
Profile Photo Amee Parbhoo, Accion
Profile PhotoJohan Bosini, Quona Capital

12:15 Parallel sessions

Ecosystem panel
Changing the landscape. Building an enabling environment
Profile PhotoAxel Pougin de la Maisonneuve, European Commission
Profile Photo Quinton Soper, Proparco
Profile Photo Amr El Abd, Egypt Ventures
Profile Photo Ilyes Bdioui, African Development Bank
Profile Photo Danai Musandu, Goodwell Investments

The African Way to Investing : Exploring Alternative Funding Models
Profile Photo Llew Claasen, Newtown Partners
Profile Photo Thomas Festerling, GreenTec Capital Partners
Profile Photo Vuyisa Qabaka, Entrepreneur Traction
Profile Photo Collins Onuegbu, Lagos Angel Network
Profile Photo Brett Commaille, AngelHub Ventures

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Special announcements
14:10 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A
4 investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent pitching on stage, all looking to raise their Series A round between $250K and $5M.
Logo of Nawah-Scientific Nawah-Scientific Egypt
Logo of Piggybank Piggybank Nigeria
Logo of AgroCenta AgroCenta Ghana
Logo of Invoiceworx Invoiceworx South Africa
Investor judges:
Profile Photo Erika Wiese, Innovation Edge
Profile Photo Mvi Hlophe, SABAN
Profile Photo Maxime Bayen, GSMA
Profile Photo Christoph Rohde, Westerwelle Foundation
14:50 Parallel sessions
Research roundtable ‘Letting the data speak’
Profile Photo Kenza Lahlou, Outlierz Ventures
Profile Photo Ashwin Ravichandran, MEST
Profile PhotoAziz Sy, Impact Hub Dakar
Profile Photo Stephan J Lamprecht, SAVCA
Profile Photo Tom Jackson, Disrupt Africa
Profile Photo Thomas van Halen, VC4A

VC4A Venture Showcase – Investor deep dive sessions
Got sparked by one of the pitches? This is your chance as an investor to engage with the founders and get a better sense on the business they are building in 4 separate breakaway sessions.
15:30 Network Break
16:00 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A
4 investor-vetted scale-ups from across the continent pitching on stage, all looking to raise their Series A round between $250K and $5M.
Logo of Gebeya Inc Gebeya Inc Ethiopia
Logo of GoMetro GoMetro South Africa
Logo of Fibre Lifestyle Inc Fibre Lifestyle Inc Nigeria
Logo of Shezlong Shezlong Egypt
Investor judges:
Profile Photo Huseyin R Demirhisar, BidNetwork
Profile Photo Boldewijn Sloet, Africa Tech Ventures
Profile Photo Fabrice Boulle, Compass Venture Capital
Profile Photo Heba Ali, Egypt Ventures
16:45 Parallel sessions
Roundtable ‘Mobilising Capital in Local Ecosystems’, in partnership with Village Capital
Profile Photo Rachel Crawford, Village Capital
Profile Photo Adedana Ashebir, Village Capital
Profile Photo Alexandra Fraser, ABAN + Fraser Consulting

VC4A Venture Showcase – Investor deep dive sessions
Got sparked by one of the pitches? This is your chance as an investor to engage with the founders and get a better sense on the business they are building in 4 separate breakaway sessions.

17:30 Closing panel
Connecting the dots – Making Investing Work In Africa
Profile Photo Lauren Cochran, Blue Haven Initiative
Justin Stanford, 4Di Capital
Profile Photo Kola Aina, Ventures Platform
Profile Photo Christopher Campbell (moderator), SABAN
18:15 Closing ceremony
Profile Photo Ben White, VC4A
Profile Photo H. 'Tomi Davies, ABAN + Lagos Angel Network
19:30 Investor dinner at Radisson RED – No. 6 Silo, V & A Waterfront


The tour is organised in partnership with our event partner Merck Accelerator and can be booked at an additional cost of $20:
register here.

Cape Town has been recognized globally as an emerging global entrepreneurial hub, due to it’s vibrant startup community and innovative spirit. The greater Cape Town area is home to many accelerator programs, co-working spaces and global tech businesses, serving markets across the continent and globe.

This tour aims to give you a great introduction to the ecosystem, access to the entrepreneurs and leaders building the sector, and you’ll spend the day being hosted by industry experts who are embedded in the community.

08:30 Meet at Workshop17 Cafe for morning coffee
08:45 Departure for our first stop in the CBD
10:30 Depart for Stellenbosch
11:00 Arrive in Stellenbosch to visit startups and accelerators
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Depart for Philippi Village
14:00 Philippi Village Tour
15:30 Depart for Woodstock Exchange
16:00 Merck HealthTech Challenge & Pitches hosted at MEST
17:30 Networking and drinks
18:15 Depart for Workshop17

Tour Includes:
• Transport between venues on a luxury, air-conditioned coach
• Tea or coffee on arrival from at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront
• Mineral water and fruit to snack on in the coach
• Morning coffee and snacks
• Healthy packed lunch with locally sourced produce
• Drinks at MEST Incubator

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2018 Speakers

Headlining the Summit are renown international and local investors – with leading African angels and VC fund managers expected to attend from Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Somalia amongst many others.
Speakers include:

Samir Abdelkrim

Kola Aina
Ventures Platform

Adedana Ashebir
Village Capital

Andrea Böhmert
Knife Capital

Fabrice Boulle
Compass Venture Capital

Llew Claasen
Newtown Partners

Lauren Cochran
Blue Haven Initiative

Brett Commaille
AngelHub Ventures

H. 'Tomi Davies
ABAN + Lagos Angel Network

Tidjane Deme
Partech Ventures

Rebecca Enonchong
ABAN + Cameroon Angels Network

Folabi Esan
Adlevo Capital

Thomas Festerling
GreenTec Capital Partners

Alexandra Fraser
ABAN + Fraser Consulting

Stephen Gugu
Viktoria Ventures

Manuel Koser
Silvertree Internet Holdings

Kenza Lahlou
Outlierz Ventures

Audrey Mothupi
South African Business Angel Network

Craig Mullett
Branison Group

Danai Musandu
Goodwell Investments

Collins Onuegbu
Lagos Angel Network

Vuyisa Qabaka
Entrepreneur Traction

Charles Sidman
ECS Capital Partners

Boldewijn Sloet
Africa Tech Ventures

Ido Sum
TLcom Capital Partners

Erika Wiese
Innovation Edge

Keet van Zyl
Knife Capital



Summit pass Investor week pass
Entrance to the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2018
November 11 & 12

Summit pass

Exclusive use of investor dealroom at Workshop17


Welcome cocktail
November 11th
Cape Town Innovation Tour organized by AfricArena
November 14th
Investor masterclasses
November 11th
Investor pass AfricaCom/AHUB
November 13th – 15th
VIP breakfast + dinner
November 12th
Investor entrance AfricArena
November 15th and 16th
November 12th
Gala dinner
November 15th
VC4A Pro Account
access for 3 months
VC4A Pro Account
access for 3 months
450 USD 850 750 USD
special combo discount

Watch the highlights from last year

Last years’ highlights

Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2018

In good company

4Di Capital
800 ventures
African Development Bank
African Diaspora Network
Africatech Ventures
AHL Venture Partners
Algebra Ventures
Angelhub Ventures
Anges Quebec
Blue Haven Initiative
Brooklyn Ventures
Cactus Advisors
Cairo Angels
Clifftop Colony
Dazzle Angels
Earth Capital
eVA Fund
Glo Ventures
Global Innovation Fund
Global Partnerships
Greentec Capital
Horizen Ventures
Innovation Edge
Intelligent Capital
Investment One
iungo Capital
Jozi Angels
Knife Capital
Lagos Angel Network
Leapfrog Ventures
Maine Venture Fund
Mercy Corps
Movement Capital
Neon Ventures
Newtown Partners
Orange Digital Ventures
Pepperfield Ventures
Quona Capital
Rising Tide Africa
Sanaga Ventures
Silvertree Internet Holdings
Singularity Invest
Small Foundation
Starttech Ventures
Team Africa Ventures
Ventures Platform
Village Capital
 Zephyr Acorn

Your organization not on the list? Contact the organizers for opportunities and sponsor packages on team [at]

Summit partners

AESIS2018 is powered by

Work in Progress! Alliance


Supporting partners

Supporting partners


Ido Sum

Ido Sum

TLCom Capital

“Being a regular participant in many such conferences, it was a unique collection of very high quality companies as well as the early stage tech focused African investors community. This intersection of top notch investors and founders led to a few great relationships and investment opportunities we looked in more depth into.”

Kola Aina

Kola Aina

Ventures Platform

“I found the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit to be a great opportunity to network and learn form other investors from around the continent. The sessions were useful and provided great pan-African perspective of the investment landscape. I will highly recommend it”

Keet van Zyl

Keet van Zyl

Knife Capital

“The Africa Early Stage Investor Summit brings together a diverse network of people with a common interest of starting and building sustainable companies that solve real problems on the continent. The status of the partners on board and profiles of the speakers ensure that the event is thought provoking, educational and fun!”

Any questions?

Contact the organizers on team [at] Look forward to see you in Cape Town!