Mentor Driven Capital program Hargeisa 2019

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 Hargeisa.

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 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.

What we offer

Participate in 2 full-day Mentor-Driven Capital Bootcamps July 14th and September 23rd 2019, covering topics including:

  • Introduction to Mentor Driven Capital
  • 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 the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019

What we kindly request from you

  • You are based in Hargeisa
  • Senior business professional with multiple years of experience
  • Corporate, financial or entrepreneurial background
  • 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
  • Willing and able to join the two full-day mentor camps in July (14th) and September (23rd) 2019


Application deadline June 10

Submit a complete application by June 10th 2019 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!

About 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.


July 31, 2019
Program dates May 10 - Jun 10, 2019
Organizer VC4A
Targets Somalia
Sectors Sector agnostic



Name Country Sector(s)
Ecommerce, Retail, Consumer Electronics,Consumer Merchandize,Technolgy
Somalia E-commerce, Electronics, Internet
Dalbo Catering
an online food ordering system
Somalia E-commerce, Food and beverage, Online payment proc…
Recruitment agency
Somalia HR and recruitment
real estate development and construction
Somalia Construction and manufacturing
Design and Digital Marketing agency
Somalia Internet
Eagle Tech
Eagle tech is a tech-oriented company which empowers and promotes
Somalia Computer hardware, Computer software, E-commerce
Hothan outfitters
Clothing store
Somalia Fashion
Elmi Academy
Bridging the gap between academia and job makret
Somalia Educational services


Seeking mentor to advise on strategy to increase farmer use of our agr…

Somali Agricultural Market Solutions (SAMS) is an agricultural tech company which seeks a mentor to advise on our strategy to increase aware…

IT educational platform seeking mentorship on establishing corporate p…

Elmi Academy is an IT education platform seeking to grow client base through a corporate partnership with leading companies in Hargeisa.

Improve customer satisfaction and our service offering

1. Customer satisfaction expertise: so we need to help us how we can satisfy our customers for the high quality services we do against… read…

Hargeisa-based food delivery company seeking mentor guidance around es…

Food delivery company seeking mentor guidance around establishing a partnership with a specific partner in Hargeisa (i.e. how to approach th…

Mentor for hiring technology talent, and managing finances

1. Hep us creating a human resource system to find and develop highly skilled programmers and developers within or outside Somaliland to wor…

Baby and toddler furniture and toy retailer seeking mentorship on Impr…

Baby and toddler furniture and toy retailer seeking mentorship on improving existing website to reach existing and new customers – bot…

Fashion retail business looking for mentor support around customer tra…

I seek a mentor who has experience in fashion retail as well as experience in marketing. I’d like a mentor who can guide me… read more

Real estate development company looking for a mentor in the areas of p…

We are looking for a mentor who can help us to grow our business, with a focus on improving our planning strategies and marketing… read more

Leading Design and Digital Marketing agency in Hargeisa seeks financia…

I would like to get a mentor that can help us create clear financial goals and financial plan, including helping us with our sales… read mor…

Leading recruitment and training platform in Somaliland, 2doon, seeks …

2doon is a leading recruitment and training platform in Somaliland, requiring mentorship on 2 primary areas: 1. Key partners: We want to inc…

Smart Wi-Fi Platform, YFI-Tek, seeks mentor on market expansion

Challenge 1. Key resources… investment We are planning to enter new market in Mogadishu, to do so we need capital investment, and netw…