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Module 10: Introduction

For this module we’ve recorded conversations with the following people:

1. Networking with Investors: Amee Parbhoo, Director of Investments, Accion Venture Lab
a. Sourcing investment opportunities and networking best practices
b. Using social media (blogs, LinkedIn, etc) to connect with investors

2. Dynamics of Investor Due Diligence: Alexandra Novitske, Principal Investment Officer for Africa, Singularity Investments
a. Overview of investor due diligence process and checklist
b. Tips for entrepreneurs to ensure a smooth due diligence process
c. Team versus idea…which is more important to investors?

3. Best Practices for Pitching Investors: Lauren Cochran, Director of Private Investments, Blue Haven Initiative
a. Investor tips for what to include an effective elevator pitch, executive summary and pitch deck
b. Perspectives on presenting financial projections and a path to exit

4. African Investor Capital Continuum: Rebecca Enonchong, co-founder of the African Business Angel Network and CEO of AppsTech
a. Looking for external investment capital versus bootstrapping
b. Dynamics of African investor landscape including accelerators, angels and venture capitalists.

5. Deal Structures and Term: Doug Cherry, Partner, 4Di Capital
a. Convertible debt versus Equity
b. Terms that matter to African venture capitalists
c. Perspectives on governance and board participation

6. Raising finance and Due Diligence process: Niama El Bassunie, CEO & Founder of WaystoCap
a. Fundraising
b. Due Diligence

7. Raising finance: Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, co-founder and MD of Flutterwave  
a. The importance of networking
b. How to prepare for meetings with investors

XL Africa Academy

Welcome!

The XL Africa Academy consists out of nine intensive training modules, designed to complement mentorship. As with the entire XL Africa program, these modules are created to help companies looking to raise post-seed capital in order to scale. The advanced content is brief and action oriented: what are the most important things you need to focus on to accelerate funding, corporate partnerships and growth?

Format

  • Instructor led video
  • Guest speaker video
  • Supplementary written content
  • Additional reading materials
  • Worksheets

WHY INVEST YOUR TIME?

You Will…

  • Learn the subtleties of communicating with investors and navigating the challenging process of fundraising, from an experienced investor
  • Understand how to graduate from the Lean Canvas framework to scaling your business frameworks
  • Address the next set of questions and issues that follow completion of initial product delivery and early traction in your first market

With The Goals Of…

  • Focusing discussions with mentors on the most urgent issues and most advanced advice
  • Preparing for professional discussions with investors throughout the program but especially during the November 2017 residency
  • Accelerating progress towards success in the long and often frustrating processes of fundraising, corporate partnership and scaling
  • Building on your initial success and breaking out of the pack.
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