2019 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A

Africa's #1 showcase of disruptive scale-ups looking to raise Series A

CALLING FOR DISRUPTIVE SCALE-UPS LOOKING TO RAISE BETWEEN $250K AND $5M.

We’re looking for 10 innovative, high-growth scale-ups to showcase at Africa Early Stage Investor Summit on Nov 13-14 in Cape Town. Are you operating in Africa, generating revenue and looking to raise your Series A round in the range of $250K and $5M? This is the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

In 2017-2018, we showcased 30 scale-ups from across the continent as part of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit, resulting in a number of Series A deals totaling over $15M. Building on this success, the ‘VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A’ is now a central component of our annual Summit. This is an exclusive opportunity to introduce your company at once to everyone who’s anyone in Africa’s early-stage investment space.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • All-expenses-paid trip to Cape Town on Nov 10-16, 2019
  • 3 min pitch in front of 300+ investors at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit
  • 30 min deep-dive session with investors in a private room
  • Two days of networking with investors, including Speaker Cocktail and Industry Leaders dinner
  • Mentorship and pitch training by partner VC investors
  • Opportunity to attend and pitch at partner event AfricaCom

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Your company is for-profit and registered as an independent legal entity;
  • You have a product or service available on the market and generate revenue;
  • Your product or service is clearly innovative and/or your business model is new, disruptive and designed for scale;
  • You have a very strong management team of at least 3 people;
  • Your team is based in one or more countries on the African continent;
  • At least one of the founders has an African nationality;
  • You are seeking Series A investment in the range of $250K – $5M;
  • While there will be exceptions, most likely your startup has already received external investment, structured as either debt or equity, or received grants from donor organizations.

OUR SELECTION CRITERIA

Commercial Value of your Product/Service (25%)

Your company addresses a real problem in the market. Your product or service is different from others in the industry. Your business model is new and designed for scale.

Strategy for Growth (25%)

The market size is significant and there is potential to expand locally and into new markets. Your startup is scalable and has a clear strategy for growth. You can show demonstrable progress.

Management Team (25%)

Your team has the qualifications needed to make the business successful.

Market Traction & Financials (25%)

We will evaluate your market traction, revenue streams, and unit economics. If any outside funding has been raised before, it’s a plus.

TIMELINE

Jun 1 – Jul 31Application period
Aug 1 – Sep 15Selection process / investor review / interviews
Sep 15Showcase participants announced
Sep 15 – Nov 10Working on presentations with mentors (VC investors)
Nov 12Pitch practice with investor feedback
Nov 13AfricaCom and AHUB participation
Nov 14VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A at Africa Early Stage Investor Summit
Nov 15Innovation tour

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU

If you are selected for the Showcase, you are expected to:

  • Engage with assigned mentors (partner VC investors) and VC4A team to prepare your 3-minute and 20-minute presentations, as well as 2-pagers with investor data as part of the deal book;
  • Be prepared to travel to Cape Town in the period of November 10-16, 2019 to attend the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit and be part of the VC4A Venture Showcase.

2019 SELECTION COMMITTEE


Tishanya Naidoo

Public Investment Corporation


Ademidun Edosomwan

Total Energy Ventures


Mike Mompi

Enza Capital


Zachariah George

Startupbootcamp Africa


Eline Blaauboer

Africa Tech Ventures


Aboubaker Benslimane

GreenTec Capital


Sarah Alexander

Blue Haven Initiative


Dayo Koleowo

Microtraction


Sean Nowak

Zephyr Acorn


Anshu Mandal

Shell Foundation


Kwaku Owusu Achaw

Shell Foundation


AJ Okereke

Golden Palm Investments


Clive Butkow

Kalon Ventures


Scott Onder

Mercy Corps


Thomas Festerling

GreenTec Capital Partners


Kenza Lahlou

Outlierz Ventures


Mimshach Obioha

Ventures Platform


Brett Commaille

Hlayisani Capital


Paul Cook

SilverTree Capital


Danai Musandu

Goodwell Investments


Ike Eze

Beta.Ventures


Ovo Emorhokpor

Beta.Ventures


Olivier Furdelle

Teranga Capital

2019 SHOWCASE PARTNER FUNDS

EchoVC
Greentec Capital
Blue Haven Initiative
Accion
Cairo Angels
Zephyr Acorn
Outlierz
Ventures Platform
4Di Capital
Mercy Corps
GSMA
Goodwell
Lagos Angel Network
Compass VC
Startupbootcamp
Havaic
Enza
Microtractio
Africatech Ventures
Total Energy Ventures
Nedbank
PIC
CRE Ventures
Shell Foundation
Golden Palm Investments
Kalon Ventures
AfricInvest
DiGame
Hlayisani Capital
Teranga Capital
IetP
Kuwekeza Holdings
Beta.Ventures
Silvertree Internet Holdings

2019 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A

2019 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A

Details

July 31
September 1 - November 16, 2019
VC4AService Provider
http://vc4a.com
Cape Town, South Africa
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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