2016 ABAN Investor Masterclass Series set to conclude


The 2016 ABAN Investor Masterclass Series will see early-stage investors gathering in Cairo as well as Lagos next week to discuss and share best practices at Early Stage Investor Masterclasses.

These masterclasses will conclude the 2016 ABAN Investor Masterclass Series which consisted of other bootcamps and classes all around the world.

The Cairo Masterclasses will take place on 6 December 2016 at the Cairo Mariott Hotel Zamalek while the Lagos Masterclass will take place on 10 December at The Wheatbaker Lagos. Both events are organised by VC4A and Rising Tide Africa as well as the Lagos Angel Network.

Speakers include the president of EBAN, Candace Johnson as well as president Emeritus, Brigitte Baumann. Other speakers include ABAN president, Tomi Davies and Rising Tide Africa Lead , Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien.

Long-time investor and entrepreneur, Balz Roth will be conducting the masterclasses along with an introduction by investor Khaled Ismail who recently launched Algebra Ventures, an investment firm focusing on tech startups.

Following the Cairo Masterclass will be a networking event titled Startup Nova which is organised by Innoventures. Here, graduates of the startup accelerator programme will have the opportunity to pitch to investors and stakeholders in attendance.

The 2016 ABAN Investor Masterclass Series will conclude with two more events held in Cairo and Lagos

VC4Africa’s Thomas van Halen explains: “We are seeing an increasing number of business professionals turning into angel investors.

“Looking at the results from our annual research into venture finance, we can conclude that one of the main reasons investors join networks is because of a willingness to learn from experts and share best practices,” he continued.

“That’s why we are excited to support the series of Masterclasses in our endeavour to turn angel investment into a sustainable asset class on the African continent,” he concluded.

ABAN’s co-founder and director general, David van Dijk also commented, “In the effort to push the ecosystem forward, it is critical to increase the number of active investors on both a local and international level. It is important to aggregate and disseminate lessons learned.”

“By raising the profile of angel investing in Africa we effectively lower barriers to participation and create the early infrastructure required to welcome new investors,” he concluded.

Featured image: Ahmad Hammoud via Flickr  



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