A Case for Venture Capital in Africa

In 2021, amid global VC growth, Africa tech still grew faster than any other region with 2x the activity of last year and more than 3x the amount invested: 681 rounds of fundraising brought in a total of $5.2 Billion in equity, with a further ~$800m in debt, to a total of ≈724 startup deals. (As Partech, Disrupt Africa, Briter Bridges, The Big Deal, and many others point out)

It's Hard Not to Be Excited About #AfricaRising.

With all 54 Ecosystems Still Mostly Nascent, There's Massive Untapped Potential Across the Continent:

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Payment processing is still a major issue in 40+ African countries

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Travel is expensive and inter-African trade is still much lower than African trade with the US, Europe or China

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More than 55% of the African continent remains unbanked (a market size of >765m people, i.e. 2.3x population of the USA or 1.7x the population of the entire European Union)

There Is A Lot To be Excited About For Anyone Prospectively Looking to Break Into the Very Young Startup and Venture Capital Ecosystem. . .

World leading-high rates of participation in entrepreneurship across West, Central, East and North Africa

 

Increased accessibility of remote work

 

A rapidly growing digital talent ecosystem

Over 600+ New Incubation Centres established in the last 10 years

As of February 2022, under <0.0007% of Africa's population is employed in VC or VC backed startups, compared with >0.75% in the US. This means that as of now, the likelihood of working in Venture Capital or for a VC backed startup is 1070x higher in the US. We're on a track to change that, by demystifying the VC ecosystem across the continent, and enabling more operators, entrepreneurs, working professionals and others to join the ecosystem as investors, founders or ecosystem builders. 

We believe the African continent is on track to maintain a >100% growth in VC funding in 2022 and are excited to play our part in enabling the birth of more private capital across the 54 ecosystems. 

 
African VC & Startup Potential - Visualized