Announcing the 2017 African Early Stage Investor Summit: Start-Scale-Exit

Africa’s early-stage investor community comes together in November for the 4th annual African Angel Investor Summit #AAIS2017 and a bonus ‘Cape Town Innovation Tour’. This exclusive investor-only event unites key stakeholders in the ecosystem to exchange best practices, share lessons learned and plot the roadmap for the future.

The #AAIS2017 Summit takes place on November 15th and 16th in Cape Town and is being organized by Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A), the African Business Angels Network (ABAN) and the South African Business Angels Network (SABAN). We also welcome special guests from the XLAfrica initiative of the World Bank and the Summit is powered by the Work in Progress! Alliance.

Limited seating is available so make sure to register your ticket now on Special early-bird tickets on sale now for $599 if you register before September 1st, 2017.


This year’s theme ‘Start-Scale-Exit, Funding Great Startup Teams Poised For Global Success’ focuses on the role investors play in working with startup teams to scale internationally and ultimately exit. Where the last three editions of the Summit focused on seed capital and collaboration within the ecosystem, this year we are moving things up and focus on the next steps of the investment cycle.

The event will bring together conversations, keynotes, panel discussions and workshops centered on how investors and different players in the ecosystem help Africa’s entrepreneurs to scale internationally and get ready-to-exit. Topics key to this year’s event will be: expanding from Africa to the world; building international syndicates; taking startup teams from idea to exit; and angels exiting to VC’s. Keep an eye on for further announcements on the program and speakers.

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Leading African Investors

Headlining the Summit are renowned international and local investors – with leading African angels and investors expected to attend from Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, and South Africa amongst many others. Speakers include renowned Angel and VC investors like Lexi Novitske, Brett Commaille, Tomi Davies, Keet van Zijl, Ido Sum, Rebecca Enonchong, and Steven Koltai. Maya Horgan of Ingressive is leading a delegation of investors from the US while the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) join with a delegation of investors from Europe. At the same time, corporate partners like Orange Telecom, Google, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Ringier and Github will join the event.

Proudly partnering with the World Bank’s XLAfrica

This year’s event partners with XL Africa, the first post-seed stage pan-African acceleration program made possible by InfoDev at the World Bank. Sourcing the best digital innovators from across the continent, the XL Africa team has carefully selected 20 companies ready for Series A funding and poised for global success. These companies will showcase their remarkable innovations and significant business traction over the course of event, participating in the continent’s first venture showcase of this caliber. The program will focus on what it takes to build a great startup team in these markets and how to take a company from idea to exit when targeting African markets.

Quality deal-flow and co-investment opportunities

The event is positioned to bring together leading African investors and the companies they support, an ideal platform for the international investment community to plug into the African tech startup ecosystem. The event and program provides a unique opportunity for accessing quality deal-flow and for exploring actionable co-investment opportunities in the continent’s top companies. – Ben White, Founder and CEO VC4A.

Furthermore, the summit provides an unprecedented opportunity to network with the most influential thought leaders in the early stage investment space. 

Register to attend

To join the event and secure your ticket, go to: and make use of the special early-bird price of 599USD – valid till September 1st, 2017.

About the organizers

This year’s event is being organized by VC4A (Venture Capital for Africa), ABAN (African Business Angels Network), and SABAN (South African Business Angels Network) and welcoming special guest XL Africa. #AAIS2017 is part of a series of investor events powered by the Work in Progress! Alliance.