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.

 

ORGANIZED BY

VC4A
ABAN

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.

AESIS

NOVEMBER 11, 2018 – ACADEMY DAY

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

NOVEMBER 12, 2018 – SUMMIT DAY

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 Folabi Esan, Adlevo Capital
10:00 Opening keynote
The successful entrepreneur
10:10 Keynote
’From the Outside in’
Profile Photo Peter Cowley, EBAN
10:30 Fireside chat
The corporate investor
Profile PhotoHerman Singh, MTN
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

Roundtable
The impact of the rise of female investors networks
Profile Photo Alexandra Fraser, ABAN + Fraser Consulting
12:15 Parallel sessions

Ecosystem panel
Changing the landscape. Building an enabling environment
Profile PhotoAxel Pougin de la Maisonneuve, European Commission
Profile Photo Soperq, Proparco
Profile PhotoAmr El Abd, Egypt Ventures
Profile Photo I.bdioui, African Development Bank
Profile PhotoTim Harris, Wesgro

Roundtable
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 Lauren Cochran, Blue Haven Initiative
Profile Photo Danai Musandu, Goodwell Investments
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 Boldewijn Sloet, Africa Tech Ventures
Profile Photo Uneku Atawodi-Edun, MEST
Tenemba Anna Samaké, MBC Africa
Profile Photo Christopher Campbell, SABAN
14:50 Parallel sessions
Research roundtable ‘Letting the data speak’

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
16:15 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 Erika Wiese, Innovation Edge
Profile Photo Maxime Bayen, GSMA
Profile Photo Fabrice Boulle, Compass Venture Capital
17:00 Parallel sessions
Roundtable ‘Mobilising Capital in Local Ecosystems’, in partnership with Village Capital
Profile Photo Rachel Crawford, Village Capital

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.
17:45 Closing panel
Connecting the dots – Making Investing Work In Africa
Profile Photo Collins Onuegbu, Lagos Angel Network
Profile Photo Brett Commaille, AngelHub Ventures
Justin Stanford, 4Di Capital
Profile Photo Kola Aina, Ventures Platform
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

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 – CAPE TOWN INNOVATION TOUR

The tour is organised in partnership with our event partner Merck Group 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

Brought to you by:
Merck Group

Limited seats available, secure your seat(s) now.

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
StartupBRICS

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

Tickets

 

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
Afterparty
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

Investors attending last year’s edition:

4Di Capital
800 ventures
ABAN
Accion
Action Hero Ventures
African Development Bank
African Diaspora Network
Africatech Ventures
AHL Venture Partners
Akili
Algebra Ventures
Angelhub Ventures
Angel Wings Ventures
Anges Quebec
AVCA
Blue Haven Initiative
Brooklyn Ventures
Cactus Advisors
Cairo Angels
CAN
Clifftop Colony
Dazzle Angels
DMM.Africa
Earth Capital
EAVCA
EBAN
EchoVC
Empretec
eVA Fund
fsdafrica
GBAN
Glenheim
Glo Ventures
Global Innovation Fund
Global Partnerships
GoBeyond
Goodwell
Greentec Capital
GSMA
Hivos
Horizen Ventures
Innovation Edge
Intelligent Capital
Invenfin
IetP
Investment One
iungo Capital
Jozi Angels
KAIN
Kalon
Knife Capital
Lagos Angel Network
Leapfrog Ventures
Maine Venture Fund
Mercy Corps
Movement Capital
NACO
Neon Ventures
Nest
Newtown Partners
Orange Digital Ventures
Outlierz
Pepperfield Ventures
Quona Capital
Rising Tide Africa
RMI
SABAN
Sanaga Ventures
SAVCA
Seedstars
Silvertree Internet Holdings
Singularity Invest
Small Foundation
Spark-ng
Starttech Ventures
Team Africa Ventures
Techstars
TLcom
VBAN
Ventures Platform
Village Capital
Visions2Ventures
 Zephyr Acorn

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

Testimonials

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] africainvestorsummit.com. Look forward to see you in Cape Town!