VC4A Venture Showcase Africa – 2023

Connecting innovative startups with investors


We’re looking for African founders leading innovative and disruptive startups and scaleups ready to showcase their business to the most active investors on the continent. Are you operating in Africa, generating revenue, and looking to raise your Seed or Series A round? Here is the opportunity to accelerate your fundraising campaign!

The aim of the Venture Showcase is to put the spotlight on the best ventures coming up across the African continent and to give you the visibility you deserve amongst VC4A’s network of investors. Since its launch in 2017, the VC4A Venture Showcase Africa alumni have raised over $630M, so check our programs, apply and boost your venture’s exposure.

The Venture Showcase is sector agnostic and celebrates entrepreneurs building deeply meaningful solutions in any sector. We focus on high growth high-impact ventures that are driving economic growth throughout the continent.

This year’s Venture Showcase is brought to you in partnership with the African European Digital Innovation Bridge (AEDIB) and Work in Progress. The AEDIB partnership allows for us to spotlight four thematic sectors, alongside our regular Seed and Series A tracks.This means we’ll have a total of six tracks for this year:

  • Seed
  • Series A

  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Smart Cities
  • Digital Trade
  • Clean Tech

The African European digital Innovation Bridge (AEDIB) program is an EU/Horizon2020-funded initiative, aiming to a.o. accelerate the growth of African startups with disruptive solutions in Climate Smart Agriculture*, Smart Cities*, Digital Trade* or Clean Tech*, in one of the following countries: Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda.

As part of those programs, companies get visibility with investors throughout the selection and interview process. Similarly, the finalists receive mentorship and technical advice directly from the angel investors and VC fund managers that participate in the program. The Venture Showcase and AEDIB are an effective way to get visibility for your fundraising campaign and to connect with prospective investors and partners.

VC4A Venture Showcase Africa – 2023

VC4A Venture Showcase Africa – 2023


November 8, 2023
Program dates Jul 3 - Sep 30, 2023
Organizer VC4A
Targets Africa
Sectors Sector agnostic
SDG (17) All

What we offer

  • Being recognized as 2023 VC4A Venture Showcase entrepreneur;
  • Participation in the VC4A Venture Showcase deal room, including 200+ early-stage investor organizations;
  • Investor Readiness Training (IRT), mentorship and technical support by partnering VC investors and corporates;
  • Access to VC4A technical partners, masterclasses and special deals;
  • Professionally edited 3-minute virtual pitch;
  • 30 min deep-dive session with investors in a private room;
  • Joining the alumni network and having exclusive access to partner events and fundraising opportunities.

Selected entrepreneurs commit to attending the technical sessions, be proactive when engaging with his/her mentor, and take part in the M&E exercises. Selected entrepreneurs are expected to cover their own costs if they elect to participate in any in-person events.

Eligibility criteria

  • Company is for-profit and registered as an independent legal entity;

  • A product or service available on the market and generates revenue;

  • A product or service is clearly creating (measurable) ‘impact;

  • A product is designed for scale, with clear potential for regional/international expansion;

  • A very strong management team with preferably 2 to 3 people;

  • Based in and targeting one or more countries in Africa;

  • At least one of the founders has an African nationality.

While there will be exceptions, most likely the startup has already received external investment, structured as either debt, convertible notes, SAFEs, equity or mezzanine, and/or received grants from donor organizations.

Preferential categories

*Climate Smart Agriculture, Climate Smart Agriculture refers to a range of proven and innovative practices that can deliver triple wins for agricultural production: increase productivity, strengthen climate resilience and reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.

*Smart Cities, innovations or digital technologies that improve the operational efficiency of a city (transportation, utilities, waste, education, healthcare and security) promote economic growth or improve the quality of government services, by improving connectivity and leveraging mobility and commerce application – Also, residents of these smart cities can have better access to information concerning government, political rights, and democratic procedures, and can actively participate in political proceedings.

*Digital Trade, refers to digitally enabled, or digitally delivered, trade in goods and services. It includes, innovations that can help reduce the environmental footprint for buying, paying for and receiving deliveries of goods and services. Solutions that connect purchasers and sellers, facilitate electronic payments, improve access to transportation and logistics within a country but also cross-borders.

*Clean Tech, innovations that can address global warming challenges and the preservation of the natural environment. So any solutions that have significant energy efficiency improvements and/or make a sustainable use of natural resources. Clean technology can relate to recycling, renewable energy, information technology, green transportation, electric motors, green chemistry, lighting, water, and more.

Selection Criteria

  • Innovativeness and Scalability (20%) – Company addresses a real problem in the market in a clearly innovative way. Your product or service is different to others in the industry. Your business model is new, disruptive and designed for scale.
  • Social, economic and/or environmental impact (20%) – Company addresses a social, economic and/or environmental issue and is able to show the impact your product or service is making in the lives of people on the African continent.
  • Strategy for Growth (20%) – There is potential to expand into new markets or expand at home. You have a clear strategy on how to grow your impact and we can see demonstrable progress in terms of customer acquisition plans, new contracts, and key partnerships.
  • Management team (20%) – The team has the qualifications and experience needed to make the business successful.
  • Market Traction & Financials (20%) – We will evaluate your market traction and look at the potential market size. We will also look at your business model, revenue streams and unit economics, and if any outside funding has been raised before.


Recent Alumni Funding Raise

Since 2017 we have been instrumental in the success of hundreds of startups that participated in the Venture Showcase resulting in over $630M being raised by portfolio companies. Below is a look at some of the most recent alumni funding raises:

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 – November & December and be part of the VC4A Venture Showcase and the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2023 (#AESIS2023). 


  • Application period – April 10-May 17
  • Selection process / investor review / interviews – May-July
  • Showcase participants selection – end July
  • Mentorship program with VC investors – September & October
  • Technical sessions with VC investors – September & October
  • Launch of VC4A Venture Showcase – deal room to VC investors – November & December

Selection Committee

Hope Ditlhakanyane
Founders Factory Africa
Hassen Arfaoui
216 Capital Ventures
Hope Ditlhakanyane
Founders Factory Africa
David Song
Frontend Ventures
Gideon Laux
Advance Consulting
Henry Ukoha
Gry Loseth
Pin Invest
Rodrique Msechu
Sewu-Steve Tawia
Jaza Rift Ventures, Asime Ventures
Snider Mugese
Villgro Africa
Lucien Peters
Everyone Ventures
Amadi Growman
Villgro Africa
Christophe de Montille
Beyond Capital Ventures
Melissa Tickle
FINCA Ventures
Micah Sarkas
Edge Growth
Nitin Nowjee
LeapFrog Investments
Anton Gaylard
Crossfin Technology Holdings
Micheal Karaimu
ViKtoria Ventures
Clive Butkow
Kalon Venture Partners
Lesego Tladinyane
Newtown Partners
Aditya Raja Ram
Acumen Property Group and Botho Park
Yvonne Ofosu-Appiah
Wangara Green Ventures
Oluwatosin Ajide
Nigeria Climate Innovation Center
Kayuri Bhimani
Blue Haven Initiative

Investor Network

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