African Angel bootcamps to mobilise early-stage investors

By partnering with a range of prominent industry influencers, the African Business Angel Network hopes to mobilise early-stage investors this year.

The initiative is running a series of Angel Investor Bootcamps to be held in some of Africa’s most buzzing cities — Lagos, Nairobi and Cape Town.

In run-up to one of the continent’s largest pan-African startup pitch events, DEMO Africa, the bootcamps will consist of a master-class, expert sessions, the presentation of research material and in-depth case studies.

The events are organised by the US State Department, VC4Africa, Intercontinental Trust and the LIONS Africa Partnership.

Lagos, Nigeria — 31 July

The master-class will be conducted president of European Business Angel Network (EBAN) Candace Johnson. The expert sessions will bring together leading investors from across the country and VC4Africa will present key findings of the Venture Finance in Africa research.

Participating investors will also have the opportunity to join the Seedstars World event and see some of the best early-stage startups from Nigeria pitch their hearts out.

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The Lagos Bootcamp is organised in partnership with the Lagos Angels Network (LAN) and Lagos Startup Week.

Nairobi, Kenya — 13 August

Serial entrepreneur, long-time angel investor and president emeritus of the EBAN, Brigitte Baumann, will run the master-class in Nairobi. She is also the Founder and CEO of Go Beyond Early Stage Investing and chairperson of global angel investing group YPO.

Consulting and research organisation Intellecap will announce the launch of their Impact Investing Network East Africa Chapter and share insights on launching and managing angel networks while VC4Africa will present their Venture Finance in Africa report.

The Nairobi Bootcamp is organised in partnership with Viktoria Ventures and the iHub.

Cape Town, South Africa — 27 August

The master class in Cape Town will be conducted by Selma Prodanovic, the co-founder of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, partner of accelerator Superfounders and founder of Brainworks. Selma has received numerous awards, most recently the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.

The Cape Town Bootcamp will take place during the South Africa Innovation Summit and is organised in partnership with Silicon Cape.

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Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter


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