Here are some fresh released updates on the inaugural Angel Fair West Africa event in Lagos, where about 100 investors and entrepreneurs from within and outside Africa will come together to “do deals” this weekend, March 30th to 31st. Investors can get additional info on many pitching businesses by checking out their VC4Africa venture profiles. And don’t forget to sign up for the special open & free VC4Africa meetup at the Angel Fair this Saturday, March 29th!
Mr. Olusegun Aganga, Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment will keynote the inaugural Angel Fair West Africa (AFWA) event! Tomi Davies of Lagos Angel Network comments: “To have the Minister Aganga keynote this event is a welcome development, because as the chief promoter of Nigeria’s huge potential for investment he has an enviable record of presiding over the most significant growth in private sector non-oil investments into the country in recent history. I am sure both investors and entrepreneurs will be happy to hear his views”.
The event will have 20 specially selected early stage businesses pitching to investors from Lagos Angel Network (LAN), Angel Africa List (AAL), Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN) and the Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).
The businesses include Prowork, a locally developed project management solution from Nigeria, Djoss.tv, a social platform for live interaction with TV from Cameroon and Farmerline, a mobile application that integrates agricultural output of rural farmers, from Ghana. Follow the links to see their VC4Africa venture profiles and get more info on the businesses (only VC4Africa Investor Pro Account members can see full details on the ventures’ online profiles).
The pitches will be interspersed with Investors and Entrepreneurs panels with active investors and successful entrepreneurs sharing their experiences and expertise with the audience in interactive sessions. Fatumata Soukouna of Soft Solutions, Folabi Esan of Adlevo Capital, Sangu Delle of Golden Palm Investments, Maurizio Caio of TLCom and Eghosa Omoigui of Echo VC Partners are some of those on the Investors panel, which will be moderated by Wiebe Boer of TEF.
Femi Akinde of Slimtrader, Tayo Ogundipe of Solo Phone, Kofi Dadzie of Rancard Solutions and Alex Bram of SMSGH, are some of the panelist for the Entrepreneurs session, which will be moderated by Segun Olukoya of Nextzon.
“The event has built considerable momentum and all is coming together well for what will make for “doing great deals” this weekend,” added Eric Osiakwan of AAL.
Also see our earlier interview with Eric Osiakwan on Angel Fair West Africa, and the article “Start-up attention shifts from Kenya to Lagos”, to learn more about the event. Investors can get additional info on many pitching businesses by checking out their VC4Africa venture profiles. And don’t forget to sign up for the special open & free VC4Africa meetup at the Angel Fair this Saturday, March 29th!