Venture finance in Africa

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The annual VC4Africa ‘Venture Finance in Africa’ report captures the performance of early stage, high growth ventures from Africa and the activity of early stage investors.

Performance over time

Innovative ventures yield high social and environmental impact and are a key driver for Africa’s development. Opportunity driven entrepreneurs are generating much of Africa’s employment, income and hope for a better future. But how are these companies progressing over time? As the VC4A community continues to grow, it is expected the report will lend insights into what is happening across the larger startup space.


Datasets on this emerging segment are limited and there are few comparative studies. The VC4Africa team collects data from its fast growing community of startup entrepreneurs and early stage investors to help explain trends and set the way forward. This research initiative feeds the creation of the African Venture Performance Index, a leading benchmark for the industry. The insights are broken down across five indicators: job creation, financial performance, investments, early-stage investor activity and ecosystem.


The VC4Africa portal is a living database, and we follow entrepreneurs as they realize their potential and emerge as Africa’s next great success stories. From our research we know there are a growing number of companies that have real potential. They have capable teams, well-refined products and services. Most importantly, they generate revenue and are well positioned for growth. The challenge VC4Africa seeks to tackle with this research is to unlock this information for the market, and to better enable our members and ecosystem players with the insights and tools they need to take action.

Have a look at the 3 annual studies we’ve completed so far and start exploring!