Unlock startup acceleration with VC4A’s latest updates

Greetings! As we enter Q2 of 2023, we’re eager to share highlights from VC4A’s first quarter. We’ve launched innovative programs, hosted dynamic events, and forged game-changing collaborations.

The highlights:

  1. Programs we are organizing
  2. Programs we are supporting
  3. 10th edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit
  4. New faces at VC4A

Programs we are organizing

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VC4A Mentor-Driven Capital
As part of the ‘Work in Progress!’ coalition VC4A is a member of, 33 women were selected for the VC4A Mentor-Driven Capital Program – Africa. Our goal is to increase representation of women in key roles within the startup ecosystems on the continent. Read more.

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Investor readiness services to augment your program
In 2023 VC4A is doubling down on providing in-depth technical assistance and hands-on support to selected startups and scale-ups who are part of programs of our partners. This approach is based on the experience we gained during VC4A’s flagship program, the Venture Showcase – which opens for startup applications next week. Meet our Acceleration Lead.

GIZ Accelerator Program for Climate Change Innovations comes to a close
GIZ and its Digital Transformation Centers in Benin, Cameroon and Niger, in collaboration with Etrilabs, CIPMEN, ActivSpaces and VC4A set up an acceleration program. 8 winners had the chance to pitch their solutions to the Digital Innovation Festival audience. Read more.

Interested in working with VC4A to design or implement your next program? Contact us

Programs we are supporting

Startup Acceleration as a Service in action

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Africa’s Business Heroes Competition 2023
VC4A is proud to once again partner with The Jack Ma Foundation’s annual Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) Competition, to identify and engage potential candidates. They aim to support 10 African heroes with USD 1.5M cash prizes and more.
Read more.


GoGettaz Community
The GoGettaz Africa Community – hosted and maintained by VC4A – is an online platform for young, innovative entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing Africa’s agri-food sector. Next to the annual agripreneur prize competition, VC4A hosts this environment year-round.
Visit the community.

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Making More Health
The Making More Health Business Accelerator – by Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka – is a structured business growth program targeted at social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions in the health sector.
View the campaign.

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Investment Readiness Workshop
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and VC4A teamed up to offer entrepreneurs access to expert sessions on fundraising. The objective of this two-session program is to help impact focused entrepreneurs refine their funding ask.
View the campaign.

More collaborations

✅ She Leads Africa High Growth Coaching Program: for promising women-founded social enterprises in Nigeria. View the campaign
✅ Innovate Ventures Women Business Accelerator: for women-founded startups in Somaliland. View the campaign
✅ AUDA-NEPAD Home-Grown Solutions Accelerator: for growth and mature stage African healthcare companies. View the campaign
✅ Greenovations – Africa: 9-month incubator program supporting youth and women-led businesses in green sectors. View the campaign
✅ CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator: 10 agribusinesses picked as first cohort. Meet them here

Publish your program on the VC4A platform, use the startup application forms, management, and adjudication tools for free! Schedule a demo.

10th edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit

AESIS2023 webinar

In Q4 of this year, VC4A and ABAN will organize the 10th edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (#AESIS2023).

In the build-up to the event a webinar series has been launched where founders and members of the investor community reflect on the past 10 years of connecting early-stage investors in Africa.

We explore ways to 10x the industry in the coming years and gain insights from industry leaders like Ben White, Founder and Director of VC4A and ‘Tomi Davies, President at ABAN. Follow AESIS2023 for more.

New faces at VC4A

We are constantly expanding our capacity in order to better serve the VC4A network. Meet the latest additions to the team:

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Check out the full VC4A team.

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