The first half of 2020 has been a tsunami of change. As the dust begins to settle it is becoming clear that some startups have not just weathered the storm but have transformed, repositioned, and even grown. The VC4A Founder Series aim to capture these stories.
Running a business can be grueling at the best of times. Managing to scale up in challenging business environments like South America and Africa is particularly impressive. With every change of the proverbial winds, some startup finds their house of cards tumbling down.
VC4A was built to unlock opportunities for founders by providing training materials and content, mentorship with leading industry experts, and channels for high quality networking. Through VC4A, entrepreneurs gain unparalleled access to relevant events and startup programs. Founders are able to promote their progress and rally support for their fundraising rounds. Through the annual Venture Showcase, selected startups are given the chance to secure seed investment and series A funding. We are privileged to have access to many of the resilient embracers of change among the thousands of registered ventures from around the globe.
Their stories are what we will be sharing in a set of interviews we call The VC4A Founder Series. These stories offer insights about practical actions, ways of reframing challenges, counter-intuitive reprioritizing, tapping into new networks, rethinking partnerships, and anticipating opportunities to leverage.
Their stories are fascinating but more importantly, they offer practical strategies we believe can inspire resilience.
We kick off the series with the CEO & co-founder of FlexClub, Tinashe Ruzane. FlexClub is a car subscription marketplace offering an alternative way to own a car in emerging markets. Prior to co-founding FlexClub, he previously led Vehicle Solutions for Uber across Europe, Middle East & Africa. His obsession with how the future of mobility will impact emerging markets drives his work on challenging how people get cars in countries like South Africa and Mexico.