Lateral Capital is a mission-driven venture fund investing in and advising early-stage opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (“SSA”). We invest in technology-enabled businesses that profitably solve significant pain points in key verticals like financial services, energy, education and healthcare. As investors and entrepreneurs ourselves we build on our years of industry experience to bring a unique approach to accelerating, financing and scaling portfolio companies.
Emerging and frontier markets account for 83% of the global population, but only 11% of private equity investments. Our mission is to bridge the gap between opportunity and capital and invest in visionary companies navigating the major trends that shape the future. We aim to fulfill our mission by becoming a trusted partner to:Investors seeking exposure to high-quality investment opportunities in high-growth markets through a transparent, flexible and sophisticated investment fund;Fellow entrepreneurs seeking guidance and long-term capital as they build businesses to solve the major trends that shape the future of global growth and, in consequence, the future of our planet.
We recognize that the built environment provides the foundations for growth, while technology can be used as a change agent to create efficiency and scale. This is reflected in our focus on investing in industries that support growth, capital and job formation. Our aim is to partner with entrepreneurs and companies seeking capital of $250k-$5 million with a demonstrated commitment to international standards and first principals thinking in solving the world’s most pressing challenges.
We have the opportunity to shape what the world’s most populated continent will look like over the next two decades.Our respect for local knowledge and commitment to international standards drives everything we do;We adhere to the strictest environmental, social and governance guidelines, serving as a positive force for local communities wherever we operate.
|Location||902 Broadway, Suite 1611 New York, NY 10010|
|Targets||Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe|
|Sectors||Clean technology and energy, Education, Fintech, Healthcare, ICT|