2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A

Africa's Showcase of disruptive scale-ups looking to raise Series A

Overview

Aug 14
Sep 15 - 9:00 - Dec 31 - 18:00
VC4AService Provider
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
Agribusiness, Business services, Clean technology and energy, Utilities, Construction and manufacturing, Manufacturing, Creative, media and entertainment, Education, Financial services, Healthcare, ICT, Leisure and travel, Retail and wholesale, Consumer non-durables, Transport and logistics, Water, sanitation and hygiene, Cars, Household appliances, Luxury goods and jewelry

CALLING FOR DISRUPTIVE SCALE-UPS LOOKING TO RAISE BETWEEN $500K AND $10M.

We’re looking for 10 innovative, high-growth scale-ups to showcase their solutions to the world. Are you operating in Africa, generating revenue and looking to raise your Series A round in the range of $500K and $10M? This is the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

In 2017-2019, we selected 60 scale-ups from across the continent as part of 4 showcase programs, resulting in a number of Series A deals totalling over $100M. Building on this success, the ‘VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A’ – in collaboration with AWS Activate – is now a central component of our efforts to support investors connecting with high-quality deal flow. 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

  • Being recognized as 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase entrepreneur
  • Participation in the VC4A Venture Showcase deal room, including 150+ early-stage investor organizations
  • Professional edited 3 minute virtual pitch
  • 30 min deep-dive session with investors in a private room
  • Mentorship and pitch training by partner VC investors
  • AWS Activate offers selected cohort AWS credits ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, tools, resources, and more to quickly get started on AWS.
  • Joining the alumni network and having exclusive access to fundraising opportunities

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 $500K – $10M*;
  • 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.

*Are you raising your Seed Round in between $150K – $750K? Consider applying to the 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed track. Applications open in July.

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.

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 pitch and engage with VC investors in the period of October – November 2020 and be part of the VC4A Venture Showcase.

TIMELINE 2020

Jun 16 – Aug 14Application period
Aug 14 – Sep 14Selection process / investor review / interviews
Sep 15Showcase participants selection
Sep 15 – Oct 11Mentorship program with VC investors
Oct 1 – Oct 11Technical sessions with VC investors
Mid OctLaunch of VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A deal room to 300+ VC investors
Oct – NovOngoing showcase to VC4A investor network

PREVIOUS COMMITTEE MEMBERS


Tishanya Naidoo

Public Investment Corporation


Ademidun Edosomwan

Total Carbon Neutrality 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

AN OVERVIEW OF VENTURE 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

ALUMNI VENTURES

7Keema
Aerobotics
Agrocenta
AmA
Asoko Insight
Brimore
Buseet
CityTaps
Coinafrique
CredPal
CrowdForce
Diool
Exportunity
Eyone
Fibre
FinChatBot
FrireFly Media
FlexClub
Gebeya
Giftedmom
GoMetro
Jamii
LAfricaMobile
LifeBank
Lynk
MaTontine
Mobiz
Nawah Scientific
OgaVenue
Ongair
Oniriq
Optimetriks
Ouicarry
Paps
PayCentre
Pesabazaar
PiggyVest
Prepclass
Printivo
Rasello
Rensource
Sendy
SmartOne
SnapnSave
Snapplify
Sokowatch
Solaris Offgrid
Timbuktu
TripAfrique
VRapeutic
Yassir
Zande

DON’T WAIT ANY LONGER

Make use of this opportunity to meet at once with everyone who’s anyone in Africa’s early-stage investment space: apply now.