Mentor Driven Capital program Abuja 2020

Mentoring for Entrepreneurial Success


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of starting entrepreneurs and their journey?

Are you an established business professional, entrepreneur, or investor with some time on your hands?

Do you want to be part of the exciting startup ecosystem?

Then, consider becoming a mentor in the VC4A Mentor-Driven Capital Program in Abuja.

Through mentoring, business angels offer more than just money. ‘Mentor-driven capital’ is the approach to creating value for startups by sharing the knowledge, experience and network you’ve built during your career, while also maximizing the return on your investments.

Take advantage of the first dedicated training program designed for African business professionals keen to guide Africa’s up and coming entrepreneurs to success. Angel investing is of course about providing early-stage companies with investment capital, but the expertise and network that you, as a business angel, can share with entrepreneurs is also vital to their growth and success. The goal of this program is to, therefore, boost your ability as a high-powered mentor to support entrepreneurs while learning to think and act like a savvy business angel.

In this unique mentor program for 10 aspiring business angels, you will guide promising entrepreneurs to success while you achieve your own level of success. You will receive expert guidance, training and hands-on support. The only thing you need to invest during the program is your valuable time, knowledge and network!

Learn how to engage founders, the rules for mentorship, and how to maximize your impact as a business angel. Share with industry experts, tap industry-leading knowledge, and engage your peers in this hands-on learning journey.

Application deadline March 6th

Submit a complete application by February 28th 2020 if you are interested in this program. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. Contact Thomas van Halen at thomas [at] vc4a [dot] com if you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail.

Make a tangible contribution to promising startups and become a business angel today!


March 15, 2020
Program dates Apr 16 - Jul 17, 2020
Targets Nigeria
Sectors Sector agnostic

What we offer

Participate in 2 Mentor-Driven Capital Bootcamps, on April 17 and in July 2020 (July dates TBA), covering topics including:

  • Introduction to Business Angel Mentorship
  • What makes a good business angel?
  • Partnering with Corporates
  • Structuring the Corporate Deal
  • Starting as an Angel Investor
  • Valuations and Term Sheets
  • Mentor a promising startup
  • Access to peer group mentor sessions
  • Access to mentorship guide and online training materials
  • Access to resident experts on corporate matchmaking & investment readiness
  • Access to promising startup companies looking for angel investment
  • Profile on VC4A website
  • VC4A Pro Account (3 months) + access to VC4A Mentorship Marketplace
  • Complimentary access to Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa
    (Watch the #AESIS2019 recap video here)

What we kindly request from you

  • You are based in Abuja
  • You are a senior business professional with multiple years of experience
  • Have a corporate, financial or entrepreneurial background
  • Are interested in the startup ecosystem and keen to support startup companies
  • Potentially already active as angel investor, and want to improve mentor skills
  • Potentially already active as mentor, and want to become an angel investor
  • Are willing and able to join 2 mentor camps on April 17th (full-day) and mid-July (half-day) 2020

About the Work In Progress! Alliance

This program is part of the “Work In Progress!” project. The goal of “Work in Progress!” is to improve the economic prospects of young men and women in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia, create jobs and stimulate entrepreneurship by improving the skills of young people, strengthening small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and creating an enabling environment. Work in Progress! Alliance partners include Oxfam, IOM, VC4Africa and Butterfly Works.

Impressions from the Mentor-Driven Capital Program 2019




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