Last Thursday, members of VC4Africa came together for a VC4Africa meetup in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We had a chance to catch up with VC4Africa’s Head of Investor relations Saskia Reus-Makkink, and with one of the entrepreneurs who visited the meetup.
Saskia Reus-Makkink:“It was great meeting such a diverse group of people who do or want to contribute to the African entrepreneurship place. We met with mentors, entrepreneurs and investors. PUM, with an expertise network of 3200 retired professionals offered support for entrepreneurs with established companies. A media expert who expands activities to Kenya offered his support to startups. Two energy companies shared their high level expansion plans and we met with experienced as well as a new investor to the scene. It was a vibrant evening, with lots of leads to follow up.”
Entrepreneur and VC4Africa member Ben Gagba: “For me the meetup was a wonderful speed dating event with great expectations and experiences. I also spoke to two investors, the contact with them was like ‘love at first sight’. After three lines of my business proposition, the rest were only questions and curiosities. They asked me to send the business summary and financials the following day. To all I say: VC4Africa is where Investors and entrepreneurs discover each other, meet up, speed date and explore the opportunities. Join next time!”
This week two more VC4Africa meetups are organized: this Wednesday, March 27, in London, UK; and this Saturday, March 30, in Zürich, Switzerland. In April VC4Africa meetups are coming up in Cairo, Egypt; Lagos, Nigeria; and Addis, Ethiopia. More details will be announced soon. Are you interested in organizing a VC4Africa meetup in your city? Pick a date and fill in the form! If not a VC4Africa member yet, join here. Happy networking!