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 it works


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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  • Product development cycle explained
  • Lean Startup methodology
  • Design thinking
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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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  • Understanding market risk
  • Assessing the competitive landscape
  • Managing political and regulatory risk
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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

  • The Business Model Canvas
  • An overview of different business models
  • Reasons startups fail and the pivot
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  • How to make sound business development decisions
  • How to expand to other geographic markets
  • How to expand to other industries
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  • Structuring growth and traction
  • Tips for building traction
  • Growth hacking your way to success
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  • Building successful corporate partnerships
  • How to do B2B sales
  • The importance of mentors and advisors
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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

  • Into the mind of the equity investor
  • Debt versus equity
  • Types of capital providers
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  • De-risking your startup
  • How to prepare investor pitch deck
  • Questions to expect from investors
  • Tips on presenting in public
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  • The investment process
  • Valuations
  • Financial projections
  • Financial projections - Eight tips
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Your legal business

The ‘Your legal business’ course is aimed at founders who want to learn more about the legal implications of setting up their business and getting their operations funded.

The first module focuses on legal basics, the second module on the funding concepts.

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The Modules

  • How to register a business entity
  • Intellectual Property
  • VAT filings and other legal requirements
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  • Equity investment documents
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