Why Gender Lens investing is important now more than ever

SIGNAL, On Investment in East Africa

COVID 19 has caused a lot of disruption in the investment environment. The need for working capital by entrepreneurs is key now more than ever. Most investors are focussing on supporting portfolio companies to navigate this time and others are delaying rounds while monitoring the economy. Entrepreneurs are confused about where to access funding and are in need of a space where they can get funding insights, opportunities and also access to investors.

SOGAL x SHONA are hosting a webinar series interviewing early stage investors in East Africa, to learn about funding opportunities for entrepreneurs, funding insights and strategy in supporting portfolio companies through this crisis.

On the first edition, we are hosting , Muthoni Wachira Founding Partner of Africa Venture Partner Network (AVPN) and Jennifer Soltis , Global Head of coLabs to talk about Gender Lens Investing and the effect of COVID-19 on women and women led businesses.

Where: Zoom (Instructions to be provided once you RSVP)

About Guests.

Muthoni Wachira

Recently recognised as one of 12 VCs to know in Africa, Muthoni is a finance professional with over a decade of experience managing private market portfolios in East and West Africa. A native Kenyan, she leverages a deep understanding of African culture and market dynamics to steer the execution of investment strategies. She founded a microfinance company, has been a fintech operator, and sits on multiple boards. Muthoni is an Actuarial Science graduate, CFA Charterholder and a proud mother of 2.

Jennifer Soltis

Jennifer Soltis is the Global Lead, coLABS. She supports and monitors coLABs portfolio companies.

About the Hosts


SHONA is a Business Development Service organisation based in Kampala providing hands-on advisory and consulting services to enable businesses to solve challenges, identify growth opportunities and boost their existing capacity in order to achieve their short term objectives and promote long term growth.

SHONA provides service offerings that will support entrepreneurs in accessing finance, getting technical assistance, developing as a leader, networking and peer support.


SoGal is the largest global platform for diverse entrepreneurs and investors that provides resources, education and community for a 100K+ person network with chapters in 37 cities around the world. We are built by an inspiring and fearless group of visionaries and executors, and have been featured in Forbes, Inc, Fortune, WSJ, and more, SoGal’s mission is to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship.

SoGal is a champion for diversity & inclusion, and aims serve members from ALL backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in entrepreneurship. All genders are welcome.


Jun 4, 2020: 15:00 - 16:00
Organizer SHONA
Website Visit website
Location Online
Targets Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda
Sectors Sector agnostic