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Module 6: Introduction

How much is your company worth to investors? This module will look at several of the methods used by investors, in both Africa and elsewhere, to value companies for equity investment. In particular, this session focuses on why Silicon Valley valuations are higher than comparable companies anywhere else in the world.

1. General approaches to valuation
a. MBA methods
b. US angel valuation tools
c. Risk-adjusted ideal outcome
d. Market comparables

2. Using appropriate valuations

Outcome: Companies will have a more realistic expectation of what an equity investment will mean in terms of their own ownership, both immediately post investment and over the life of the company. Realistic valuation expectations in turn increase the chances of fundraising success.

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.
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