Ten of the most promising Francophone African tech start-ups are selected to participate in L’Afrique Excelle’s second residency in France and will take part in the final Venture Showcase at Afrobytes and VivaTech in Paris.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
L’Afrique Excelle in the francophone edition of XL Africa, the World Bank’s tech accelerator implemented by VC4A, Suguba and SahelInnov and focused on supporting growth-stage, post-revenue startups operating in Francophone Africa and aiming to raise their Series A in the range of $250K-$5M.
The residency will kick off with 2 days at The Camp in Aix-en-Provence where the founders will meet with local angel investors and get connected with the thriving startup ecosystem in the South of France. The program at The Camp will consist of several workshops and the Venture Academy format facilitated by our friends and program partners Marcel Dridje, Jean-Louis Brelet and Nathalie Dumas from Sophia Business Angels.
Following the trip to Aix-en-Provence, L’Afrique Excelle will spend the first day in Paris with our corporate partner Deloitte. The founders will receive one-on-one advise from in-house experts on tax, legal, corporate governance, corporate partnerships and valuations, while enjoying the views of Paris from the 27th floor of Deloitte Greenhouse. The day will close off with a networking cocktail (May 14th, 6-8pm), where investors, partners and media can meet the founders informally before the big showcase. Interested to attend? Please RSVP here.
L’Afrique Excelle Venture Showcase will take place at two major industry events – Afrobytes and at VivaTech. Investors interested in more in-depth interaction with the startups are advised to join the deep-dive sessions at Afrobytes.
Date: May 15th, 2019
On-stage pitch: 11:40-12:40
Deep-dive sessions: 13:30-15:30
Location: Station F (Address: 5 Parvis Alan Turing, Paris)
You’re invited to see the on-stage pitch and participate in the closed-doors deep-dive sessions with the founders. Please pre-register for the sessions with specific startups HERE.
Date: May 16th, 2019
On-stage pitch: 11:30-12:30 at Espace 2000
Location: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (Address: 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris)
It’s possible to schedule one-on-one meetings with any of the startups during May 15th or 16th at VivaTech.
A limited number of free tickets and 40% discount code for VivaTech investor passes can be made available to VC4A investment partners, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOP-10 STARTUPS SELECTED FOR THE SHOWCASE
StarNews Mobile is a network of mobile video channels allowing celebrities and brands to monetize their fan bases in Africa
GiftedMom is a mobile-based maternal health education solution to reduce maternal mortality rates in emerging markets by 9.7% annually
Paps is responsible for the pickup and drop of any type of product, whether it’s a document or a pair of shoes from one place to another
By using TripAfrique customers and tourists can pay bus, flight, train and ferry tickets online by using mobile money account or credit card.
FIREFLY is an exclusive advertising agency offering a complete service to the clients, by meeting the communication objectives and allowing unlimited creativity
Solaris Offgrid is developing technology solutions for the 1 billion+ people who live without access to modern forms of energy.
LAfricaMobile is a multichannel mobile platform that allows startups and African organizations to better interact with mobile users
SUDPAY is a startup specialized in Mobility Solutions and Ticketing. It developed a service platform and electronic payment platforms adapted to African realities
Diool offers a simple way of exchanging digital payments and accessing financial services at scale
EYONE is an IT company specializing in software publishing, consulting and information systems architecture, offering applications available on-site or online for tablet and mobile
L’Afrique Excelle is powered by the World Bank Group and the Tubaniso Agribusiness and Innovation Center (TAIC) with financial assistance from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and implemented by VC4A, Suguba and Sahel’Innov. For more information on the program and the selected start-ups, visit https://www.afrique-excelle.com.