The VC4A Team

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Meet Our Advisors

 

Rebecca Enonchong

Rebecca Enonchong

@africatechie – CEO Appstech Software Firm – Cameroon:
Rebecca is the CEO of AppsTech, global provider of enterprise applications with
offices in Washington, D.C., Paris and Douala. She sits on the board of the Salesforce Foundation and ActivSpaces and was recognized as one of the 100 New Global
Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

David van Dijk

David van Dijk

@vc4africamentorMentorship Program – Netherlands:
David manages the VC4A mentorship program. He is also co-founder and Director General of
ABAN, the African Business Angel Network and member of the Impact Investment
Committee of EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels.

Joel Patenaude

Joel Patenaude

Investor & Coach at J2 Partners – United States: Joel has 20 years of experience in a diverse set of business roles. He is a founder of
J2 Partners, Inc., a business consultancy, and acts as representative to a growing number of African SMEs. He has served as a VC4A Officer since the spring of 2009 and is involved in the mentoring program.

Greg Snyders

Greg Snyders

Global Consultant Dalberg – Unites States: Greg manages relationships with partners based in the US and helps lead both product and business development at VC4A. Greg is a development expert and has worked for Dalberg Global Development Advisors, served as an economic policy advisor to the Government of South Sudan, and led business development opportunities for a mobile health technology startup in Rwanda.

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Tomi Davies

@tomidee – Lagos Angel Network, Nigeria: Tomi is entrepreneur, writer, speaker, mentor, investor and advocate of technology, education, mobile and Africa. He is CEO of TVCLabs a Technology Business Accelerator based in Lagos and also sits on the boards of Sproxil, Strika Entertainment, TechnoVision Communications and PeoplePrime. Tomi is co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network and President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).

 

Meet Our Team

 

Boyewa Abiodun-Adepoju

Boyewa Abiodun-Adepoju

Marketing Lead – Nigeria: Boye is the gear that connects marketing efforts to community, programs and communications at VC4A. For nearly a decade, she’s worked with several startups ranging from food & beverage to fintech, building and growing their message and brand at scale across three markets in SSA. She is excited to use this insight to support an ecosystem that is suitable for these startups to succeed.

Hendrik Admiraal

Hendrik Admiraal

Lead Developer – Netherlands: Hendrik is a web developer, designer, former label manager and event organizer from The Netherlands. Previously he launched event organizations and has worked for 10+ years as a freelance web developer. After exiting his own company he joined several tech start-ups where he gained valuable insights into their growth and the problems they can encounter.

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Daniela Bolivar

ES2 Latam Management – Bolivia: Daniela is VC4A’s focal point for Latin America. After studying Visual Communication and Education at the Catholic University of Bolivia and being an entrepreneur in the recycling business for many years herself, her career is now completely focus on strengthening the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latin America, working on research and educational programs, as well as on outreach and documentary projects.

David Coleman

David Coleman

Growth Lead – Netherlands: David is a multi-disciplined marketer with over a decade of technology industry experience, he has helped organizations re-engineer, build and execute their commercial strategies. He has been a mentor, consultant and advisor to numerous African-based startups and scale-ups. As the Growth Lead at VC4A David is responsible for improving the product-market fit of the platform and other commercial offerings.

Akram Eladwy

Akram Eladwy

Community Platform Associate – Egypt: Akram worked across ecosystems on a mission to develop and guide entrepreneurs. He joined VC4A on the quest to support startups, entrepreneurs and programs. He has engaged with over 100 startups in different sectors providing mentorship, accessibility, and training. Akram also worked with Flat6labs, one of MENA’s leading accelerators.

Matt Foster

Matthew Foster

Software Developer – Netherlands: Matt is a WordPress and Frontend Developer from England. He lives in the Netherlands with his partner and his dog. He has a background in Art, Design and sarcastic responses.

Opeyemi Ibrahim

Opeyemi Ibrahim

Software Developer – Nigeria: Opeyemi is result-driven and solutions-oriented with years of experience in software development. He’s enthusiastic about creatively harnessing the power of technology to solve problems. When not in front of his system building other systems, you can catch him kayaking or playing video games.

Arnout Kroezen

Arnout Kroezen

Director of Finance– Netherlands: Arnout heads the financial management of VC4A. Arnout is a financial expert by training, an entrepreneur and manager. He has run his own trading business on the Dutch stock exchange and acts as a financial controller for his company. He has a keen interest in emerging markets and the African investment opportunity.

Bolade Oye

Bolade Oye

Front-end Developer – Nigeria: Bolade is a self-taught front-end developer and a product designer with over 5 years of experience in both fields. He enjoys building and designing interfaces that make solving complex problems easy and intuitive. He also dabbles in music production and loves gaming.

Femi Oye

Femi Oye

Front-end Developer – Nigeria: Femi is a digital product designer and front-end developer with years of experience in building world-class digital products that help people and businesses succeed. He enjoys the process of transforming ideas into meaningful digital experiences, and He constantly learns new and better ways of designing products.
Outside of work you’ll catch him watching a show on Netflix, reading a book, listening to music or a podcast, and visiting new places.

Mathilde Schmidt-Rhen

Mathilde Schmidt-Rhen

Community & Programs Management – Netherlands: Mathilde supports diverse partner programs, conducting online promotional campaigns and manages the VC4A community platform. She is excited about entrepreneurship and particularly the immense potential of smart technology innovations to impact the diverse
social and economic environments across Africa and beyond.

Niek van Dijk

Niek van Dijk

Program Lead – Netherlands: Niek develops and manages startup support programs run by VC4A. He gets his energy from working on entrepreneurship that is focused on tackling societal challenges. Prior to joining VC4A, Niek worked for 10+ years with social enterprises, NGO’s and government to develop and lead a variety of projects focused on advancing entrepreneurship in Sub-Sahara Africa and South- and South-East Asia.

Ahmed Nour

Ahmed Nour

Mentorship & Community Support – Egypt: Ahmed is building meaningful relationships between entrepreneurs, mentors and angel networks through the VC4A Mentorship Marketplace. He has 9+ years of experience in innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and social development, where his passion lies. He has played multiple roles in international organizations on consulting and investment projects with leading public and private corporations to find potential business solutions, industrial linkages, and investment opportunities that support their growth and expansion.

Thomas van Halen

Thomas van Halen

Pro Services – Netherlands: Entrepreneurship, being part of an inspiring community and driven to make a difference: this explains the match between VC4A and Thomas best. Linking people with the right opportunities is where Thomas gets his energy from. His focus has always been on entrepreneurship and Africa. As a member of the board, he manages the Twiga Foundation supporting bright students in Kenya. On a commercial level, he invented, established and managed two companies.

Bertil van Vugt

Bertil van Vugt

@brutuzBusiness Development Lead – Netherlands: Bertil is responsible for business development at VC4A, working with partners to improve the services on the VC4A.com platform. He managed the 3-year ‘Inclusive Business Accelerator’ program on the side of VC4A. Bertil studied journalism (Ba) and Political Science (Ma) and gained content and technical experience while working in the African startup and media space since 2006 in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and other countries across the continent.

Alina Vinogradova

Alina Vinogradova

Programmes & Partnerships Lead – Netherlands: Alina develops and manages startup support programs run by VC4A as part of larger donor-funded initiatives. She builds out VC4A’s network of strategic partnerships with various startup ecosystem players and is constantly looking for fit between organizations, their objectives, and the goals of the VC4A community. In her corporate past she spent over 10 years working in various marketing, sales and business development roles.

Ion Vrinceanu

Ion Vrinceanu

Software Developer – Romania: Ion is a self-taught web developer that started as a freelancer 10 years ago and discovered the WordPress community 5 years ago. Since then, he build WordPress plugins and themes with more than 35.000 downloads. There’s no new day without learning something new and his motto is “If you have to explain your product, it’s not that good as you think”.

Ben White

Ben White

@zia505 – Founder, CEO & Community Evangelist
Netherlands, United States
: Ben has been venturing in the African technology and media space since 2003. Involved in multiple startups, Ben is also the founder of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs, and the
African Business Angel Network (ABAN). Ben is on the board of ActivSpaces and in 2007 he founded VC4A.

Bill Zimmerman

Bill Zimmerman

Founder & CTO – Cameroon, United States, France: Bill is a software engineer and serial entrepreneur with a track record
of building and selling technology-based companies. He’s the co-founder of Cameroon’s leading technology incubator ActivSpaces.
Bill is a founding member of AfriLabs, a network of African technology hubs, and is a driving force behind VC4A. Bill previously worked for Microsoft and served in the United States Peace Corps.