ABAN – the African Business Angel Network– proposes to facilitate a series of Angel Investing Bootcamps to help mobilize the African Angel investing community. These bootcamps culminate at the ABAN Annual Angel Investment Summit held in conjunction with DEMO Africa in September. This is part of a shared effort to connect the network, knowledge and capital needed to support the continued growth of Africa’s innovation sectors and to help maximize the continents entrepreneurial potential.
The theme for the series is ‘Unlocking capital for early stage innovation’ and will focus on facilitating interactions between aspiring angel investors, experienced angel investors, promising high-potential entrepreneurs and other relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem from NGO’s government institutions and the academic world.
These events are critical for raising the profile of angel investing in Africa and play an important role in unlocking local capital for early stage innovation. The series of bootcamps works to:
The program proposes to host sessions in three countries -Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria- in partnership with local angel investor networks being the Lagos Angels Network, Viktoria Angels and Silicon Cape. The venues will be local innovation centers: the Mlab in Kenya, the CoCreaction Hub in Lagos and Silicon Cape in Cape Town. The bootcamps in total are foreseen to connect 120 – 150 participants and the lessons learned from the sessions will help build the program for the ABAN Annual Investment Summit which will take place September 23rd in Lagos and where we this year expect to welcome 100+ investors, from Africa, the US and Europe to the Summit and 300 / 400 participants at the DEMO Africa event.