Module 1: Introduction

While companies often think they are ready to accept investment, this is often not the case. This module presents a framework for self-assessing investment readiness for African tech companies that explores all five meanings of the phrase “ready for equity investment”:

1. Is equity the right type of financing for your company right now?
2. Have you reached the top of Steve Blank’s Investor Readiness Level?
3. Do you have Metrics Momentum?
4. Are you ready for the 12-step financing process?
5. Are investors ready for you?

Outcome: Companies will be able to self-assess their readiness for equity investment and in the process identify steps to increase it. Working with mentors, companies can then develop and execute a plan to accelerate readiness.

XL Africa Academy


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?


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


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.