About the Academy
The VC4A Startup Academy is offering direct access to expertise proven to work for entrepreneurs and investors operating across Africa. Founders can learn about the latest theory, download tools and listen to advice from 78 experts active in the emerging African startup ecosystem.
We thank the following people for taking the time to speak to us and enrich the VC4A Startup Academy with their ‘expert insights’:
Expert insights have been recorded at awesome events:
African Early Stage Investor Summit
Africa Technology Business Forum
High Growth Africa Summit
The theoretical content of the VC4A Startup Academy has been created and edited by a pool of industry experts:
Andrew Sekandi is a lawyer-turned-consultant who has enjoyed helping investors, companies and entrepreneurs succeed in Africa for over ten years. Andrew was Associate Director at KPMG where he led the Corporate Intelligence team’s Africa practice. With a background in law and risk analysis, he has experience conducting non-financial due diligence and provides market intelligence for investors looking to acquire stakes in African tech companies and other sectors.
Ben White has been venturing in the African technology and media space since 2003. Involved in multiple startups, Ben is also the cofounder of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs, and the African Business Angel Network (ABAN). Ben is on the board of ActivSpaces and in 2007 he founded VC4A.
Odunoluwa is dedicated to building and nurturing African entrepreneurs, and creating access to legal services. She co-founded The Longe Practice LP (TLP), a startup focused law practice. In the course of running TLP, Odun and her co-founder realised they could use technology to make legal and registration processes easier for entrepreneurs so they teamed up to found DIYlaw, an online platform creating access to legal services, processes and resources.
Anneke Evers has experience in the area of SME finance, preparing emerging market entrepreneurs in the final stages for finance and connecting them to financiers. As an overall SME advisor she worked with different support centers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, capacitating their staff and enhancing their business services to SMEs.
Eelco Benink is a specialist in private equity, venture capital and project finance, especially in relation to emerging markets. Eelco worked in Kenya to help set up and manage SME investment fund InReturn Capital. After four years in East Africa he moved to the Philippines and in 2015 Eelco moved back to The Netherlands where he works at Rebel Group.
Eric Osei is an author oriented on business with a focus on entrepreneurship and investment. Some of his books include ‘Principles of Successful Entrepreneurs’, ‘Investing through Crisis in Africa’, ‘Migration & Entrepreneurship’, ‘Doing Business in Ghana’ and the new ‘Funding options for startups and SMEs’.
The theoretical content of the VC4A Startup Academy is presented to you by:
African Tech Roundup
Andile Masuku is a Zimbabwean broadcaster and entrepreneur based in Johannesburg, South Africa. When Andile is not covering Africa’s emerging tech industry for African Tech Roundup, he speaks widely and advises high net-worth individuals and leading brands and businesses on media strategy, market-entry plays and investment opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tania Habimana is a Rwandan entrepreneur with a passion for digital innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. She is the co-founder of Johannesburg-based, NONZēRO Africa, a purpose-driven marketing agency focussed on enterprise development and impact programs in Africa.
Special thanks to the people who made the academy happen:
- Charles Meadows, Poppy Modisane, Thero Gabaraane – Incubate Productions
- Paolo Mantero, Carolina Mutti – Armonica Film
- Björn Rudner – Contrast TV Productions
- Albert-Jan Messenberg – Zilt Design
- Hendrik Admiraal – Lead developer – VC4A
- Damien Senger – UX developer – VC4A
- Nelson Kana – Developer – VC4A
- Catherine Gray – Product owner – VC4A
- Thomas van Halen – Investor relations – VC4A
- Alina Vinogradova – Programs & partnerships lead / ‘Work in Progress!’ manager – VC4A
- Bertil van Vugt – Business development & Producer VC4A Academy – VC4A
Made possible by:
The VC4A Startup Academy has been developed as part of the ‘Work in Progress!
’ programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of LEAD (Local Employment in Africa for Development) initiative.