Gearing Up For Africa’s Biggest Early Stage Investor Summit
Building on the momentum we established in 2019, we project further growth in 2020 in several areas.
Our primary focus will be to continue increasing investment in early-stage entrepreneurship across Africa, and growing the number of angel investors working with innovation hubs to support local entrepreneurs in building commercially successful startup ventures across the continent.
In addition to this, we will continue to work with development partners and governments to establish Angel Investment as a development asset class that they can use for economic development – especially at the state level.
Furthermore, we will continue to pursue new opportunities to add new partners and new matching fund mechanisms, supporting new Member Networks, Annual Bootcamps, Masterclasses, new Regional Initiatives and of course #AESIS2020. Programs and partnerships that we have in the 2020 pipeline as of now:
- Supporting the angel investing ecosystems and helping to launch new investors
networks in five southern african countries (Zambia, Botswana, South Africa etc) in a
consortium together with Alexandra Fraser Consulting and VBAN as part of the SAIS
initiative by the Finnish government
- Supporting the launch of a new angel investor network in Conakry, Guinea in
partnership with the ITC
- Supporting the launch of a new angel network in Windhoek, Namibia in partnership
with GreenTec Capital
- Strengthening existing networks in Nigeria and Kenya and supporting new initiatives
in Rwanda and Ghana in partnership with GIZ
- Supporting the The AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme and funded by the AFD-
Agence France Development
- Implementing the Catalyst matching fund – in partnership with Afrilabs and the AFD
And a number of other conversations are ongoing which partners and donors including for
example a multi year program around building bridges between innovators across Europe
Thank you again for great partnerships, and wishing you a fantastic 2020!
On behalf of the ABAN team and the ABAN community,
H. Tomi Davies