2021 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A

Africa's Showcase of disruptive scale-ups looking to raise Series A: $1,5M-$10M

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CALLING FOR INVESTOR-READY SCALE-UPS LOOKING TO RAISE BETWEEN $1,5M AND $10M.

We’re looking for 8 innovative, high-growth scale-ups to showcase to the global network of Africa-focused investors. Are you operating in Africa, generating revenue, and looking to raise your Series A round in the range of $1,5M and $10M? This is the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

As part of the program, companies get visibility with 200+ investors part of the curated VC4A investor network and interviews with the leading VC funds as part of the vetting process. The finalists receive mentorship and technical advice directly from the angel investors and VC fund managers and make a center-stage appearance at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit.

In 2017-2020, we selected 80 scale-ups from across the continent as part of 5 showcase programs, resulting in a number of Series A deals totaling over $150M. Building on this success, the ‘VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A’ 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.

Overview

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July 29, 2021
OrganizerVC4A
Targets Africa
Sectors Sector agnostic

Portfolio

NameCountrySector(s)
CloudFret
Building the largest trucking network between Europe and Africa
Morocco Transport and logistics
Rology
The leading ai-assisted teleradiology platform in the mea region
Egypt Healthcare, Healthcare providers and services
Youverify Inc. (Youcheck Online Services Limited)
KYC Automation for Banks and Startups
Nigeria Computer software, Information technology, Softwar…
Alpha Direct Insurtech
Insurtech with strong ip portfolio and team ready to scale in Africa
Botswana Insurance, Software as a Service
Arifu
A chatbot and content marketplace enabling learning on any phone
Kenya Agritech, Education, Fintech
Fatura
B2B Marketplace & Retailers' superapp
Egypt Financial services, Retail and wholesale
Cinetpay
The payment company enabling merchants' growth in francophone Africa
Côte d'Ivoire Fintech
Chari Co
Ecommerce and financial services app for proximity stores in N. Africa
Morocco Retail, Retail and wholesale

Shortlist

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Being recognized as 2021 VC4A Venture Showcase entrepreneur
  • Participation in the VC4A Venture Showcase deal room, including 200+ early-stage investor organizations
  • Professionally edited 3-minute virtual pitch featured at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (November 4-5, 2021)
  • 30 min deep-dive session with investors in a private room
  • Mentorship and technical support 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 partner events and 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 $1,5M – $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 $250K – $1,5M? Consider applying to the 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed track.

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. Management team members have complementary expertise.

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 and the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit. 

TIMELINE 2021

Jun 01 – Jul 24

Application period

Jul 24 – Sep 18

Selection process / investor review / interviews

Sep 18

Showcase participants selection

Sep 18 – Nov 03

Mentorship program with VC investors

Oct 1 – Nov 03

Technical sessions with VC investors

Oct 25

Launch of VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A deal room to 300+ VC investors 

Nov 4-5

Showcase at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 

WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY

“Following my time as a mentor to Kais for the VC4A Venture Showcase Series A, we have concluded a transaction, and Newtown Partners is now an investor in Fulfilment Bridge. After I had spent a few thoroughly enjoyable weeks working with Kais, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity not to invest myself.”

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“Newtown Partners was our lead investor and the first to join our pre-series A round. I would add that this relationship/transaction went 100% online from the beginning of the mentorship program until we closed the deal. I wanted to thank you guys for the opportunity knowing this was a direct result of the VC4A exposure and mentorship program. Thanks again for your support and proud to be VC4A alumni.”

Profile PhotoKais Khadhraoui, Fulfillment Bridge

SERIES A SELECTION COMMITTEE

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Ayo Allu
Kuramo Capital

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Alberto Anton
Plug and Play

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Andre Jr. Ayotte
Aquarius Africa Fund

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Fabrice Boullé
Equitable Ventures

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Clive Butkow
Kalon Venture Partners


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Gregoire de Padirac
Orange Ventures MEA

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Julien Draper
Knife Capital



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Thomas Festerling
GreenTec Capital Partners

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Hiroki Ishida
AAIC Partners Africa

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Hari Joy
Blue Haven Initiative




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Cynthia Mandjek
Saviu Ventures


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Nitin Nowjee
LeapFrog Investments

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Gbolade Okeowo
Kuramo Capital Management



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Tim Rann
Mercy Corps Ventures

Justin Swart
Newtown Partners

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Melissa Tickle
FINCA Ventures


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Bitta Wycliffe
Goodwell Investments BV

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