VC4A Startup Academy

Welcome to the VC4A Startup Academy, the online resource for the next generation of Africa’s startup founders. Take your business to the next level by learning about the latest insights and listen to advice from 35 experts active in the emerging African startup ecosystem. How the VC4A Academy works

Courses

Start your business

The ‘Start your business’ course is aimed at founders who are in the phase of developing ideas and testing product-market fit.

The first module focuses on how to build a great team, the second module on the environment you operate in and the third module discusses the importance of knowing your target market.

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The Modules

  • Finding a co-founder
  • Structuring relations with your co-founder
  • Investor expectations around co-founders
  • Building a complementary team
  • Beyond salary: Remuneration options
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  • Managing political and regulatory risk
  • Assessing the competitive landscape
  • Understanding market risk
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  • Get to know your customer
  • Define your target market in ten steps
  • Measure the value of your target market
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Grow your business

The course on ‘Grow your business’ is for startup founders who are looking to scale their operations when they are getting traction for their product or service.

One module breaks down the different types of business models to consider, and the other module focuses on ways to build traction and grow the customer base.

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The Modules

  • Structuring growth and traction
  • Tips for building traction
  • Growth hacking your way to success
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  • The Business Model Canvas
  • An overview of different business models
  • Reasons startups fail and the pivot
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Finance your business

The ‘Finance your business’ course is aimed at entrepreneurs who are looking to raise external capital.

In the first module you will learn how to structure your business’ financials, contracts, and other legalities. The second module unpacks how to fundraise successfully.

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The Modules

  • Financial projections
  • Financial projections - Eight tips
  • The investment process
  • Valuations
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  • Types of capital providers
  • Debt versus equity
  • Into the mind of the equity investor
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