VC4A Startup Academy

Welcome to the VC4A Startup Academy, the leading online resource for startup founders. Access the latest industry insights, start-up tools and methodologies needed to take your business to the next level. Learn from 78 experts active in the African startup ecosystem. How it works

Courses for African startup founders

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… read more

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The Modules
  • Finding a co-founder
  • Investor expectations around co-founders
  • Structuring relations with your co-founder
  • Beyond salary: Remuneration options
  • Building a complementary team
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  • Lean Startup methodology
  • Product development cycle explained
  • Design thinking
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  • Assessing the competitive landscape
  • Managing political and regulatory risk
  • 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… read more

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

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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
  • Tips on presenting in public
  • Questions to expect from investors
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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… read more

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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
  • Convertible notes
  • SAFE & KISS
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