Bill Zimmerman

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About Me

I'm a software/systems engineer originally from Seattle, WA. I worked for 10+ years for Microsoft and other companies in the greater Seattle area. During this time, I did a stint with an internet incubator at the height of the dot-com boom and gained valuable insight into the world of venture capital and what it takes to get a technology startup off the ground. After exiting my own company, I packed up and moved to Buea, the heart of Cameroon's vibrant startup culture, where I mentored (and learned from!) the best and brightest tech entrepreneurs in the country. I am the co-founder of VC4A and ActivSpaces, an open coworking space, innovation hub and early-stage incubator for Cameroonian techies.  

Personal Details

Full Name

Bill Zimmerman










United States

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Why are you interested in being part of VC4Africa?

I thrive on creativity, open collaboration and the free exchange of ideas and connections. VC4A aims to break down the biggest barriers that prevent entrepreneurs from realizing their full potentials.

To Offer

My areas of personal expertise include the following:

Engineering and IT, Finance, Legal, Product Development, Strategy and Planning

I can also offer the following expertise to the VC4Africa community:

I can offer the community my insights as a technologist with a special focus on Africa, mentoring for early-stage startups, financing advice and building connections in this space.

Looking For

I am seeking expertise/coaching in the following areas:

Legal, Sales and Marketing

I also hope to gain the following from the VC4Africa community:

I hope to connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs and investors who want to see the African business space thrive. Let’s shake this tree and see what fruit falls out.