We help partners design, structure and implement successful entrepreneurship programs on the African continent.
We specialize in combining ‘on-the-ground’ programs with virtual acceleration support made available via the VC4A.com platform.
Typically, we select acceleration partners located in the African countries of scope, and then support them with our network, technical infrastructure and expertise. VC4A.com is used to run outreach campaigns and to to get applications in for the program. Program partners use a growing number of tools to assess and select the candidates that best meet the program’s criteria. All entrepreneurs receive free access to VC4Africa’s online platform where they can access learning, mentorship, fundraising and program opportunities, and to improve their knowledge about running a successful venture.
After the program is completed, the VC4Africa team supports partners with pitch trainings, putting together deal books, and circulating the pitch decks in the investor network. VC4Africa also supports program partners with event program design and invites select investors from its network to join networking meetings and pitch events. The combination of activities helps to create a buzz around our program, our partners and the participants.
LEARN, NETWORK AND GROW
Bottom line, VC4Africa ensures entrepreneurs receive the support and visibility they need to grow their networks, form new partnerships, and grow their business. And when the program comes to an end, VC4Africa continues to offer participants a virtual home – where they can continue to learn, network and grow.
HOW THE VC4A PLATFORM WORKS
Through its crowdsourced funding platform, VC4Africa reduces the cost of finding and conducting due diligence on small and growing African businesses, stimulates partnering through virtual and physical meeting spaces, and facilitates pooling of capital in all its productive forms to help these businesses realize their potential.
Entrepreneurs engage VC4Africa at different stages of venture development i.e. from initial idea stage to seeking growth capital. VC4Africa assumes the entrepreneur transitions between different phases in which they are prototyping, fundraising, hiring, building, fundraising, etc.
At each point throughout the venture lifecycle VC4Africa positions relevant tools and services. Over the course of the entrepreneur’s engagement with VC4Africa and its partners, they establish a meaningful track record and build up a valuable network of contacts. The entrepreneur leverages this foundation to address their needs as related to both organizational and financial matters.
Listed entrepreneurs have access to online fundraising tools, mentorship opportunities and an overview of entrepreneurship programs. Accredited investors registered as part of the VC4Africa Investor Network can see which screened ventures are fundraising, track their progress over time and review private documents. Through strategic partnerships with more than 900 ecosystem building organizations active on the continent, VC4Africa is able to efficiently connect its members with the on the ground support they need. In this way, VC4Africa lowers barriers to investing in the continent’s most promising entrepreneurs.
Every project is different. VC4Africa works with partners at an early stage to design programs effectively. We tailor our support and services to fit your unique situation and to ensure a tailor-made approach. That said, all our work shares one thing in common —> leveraging our network and infrastructure to accelerate African entrepreneurship!