Since 2011 the ViKtoria team has been active in supporting the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems in various sectors in East Africa. Engagements Include:
We have also coached many innovative start-ups, supporting strategic planning and capital raising activities. Our team has helped start-ups raise grant funding from donors and convertible debt finance from angel investors. The team continues to work with market leading local and international clients in an advisory capacity, with a focus on entrepreneurial finance in East Africa. We've garnered key insights and substantial experience from engagements and research conducted in East Africa, as well as reviewing the global body of kowledge on startup ecosystem development.
Our research has led us to conclude that the key factor to the growth of entrepreneurial activity in any one sector is the number of success stories that sector generates. Particularly that it only takes a small number of big successes to drive growth. As such in 2015 ViKtoria Solutions launched ViKtoria Ventures – a start-up ecosystem development venture focused on attracting local and international angel investors to the best start-ups to emerge in the innovation space in East Africa.
We connect angel investors with innovative companies charting new paths to tap large market opportunities from meeting basic needs to entertainment, transport and infrastructure, as well as other areas. Angel investors not only inject capital needed to test business models and early stage growth, but they provide a source of mentorship, sector knowledge and experience, business acumen and access to networks.
Start-ups who qualify to pitch:
If you are the founder of a start-up that is seeking capital please contact us.
We have brought together a network of local angel investors with a broad range of experience and expertise. Some are seeking to take their first steps investing in innovation, while others already have experience investing in start-ups in the region. This is complemented with a network of international investors that are successful angel investors and venture capitalists, having seen start-ups transition through the various stages of the business cycle from ideation to exit. We held our inaugural event in December 2014 where we had four tech start-ups pitching.
We held our inaugural event in December 2014 where we had four tech start-ups pitching.
Our next event will on the 21st of February 2015. Keep checking our website for updates on our timetable.
I had over 6 years experience in the financial services sector, before jumping into entrepreneurship in 2011, I was Head of Research at Stanbic Investment Management Services (part of the South Africa headquartered Standard Bank Group). I have tertiary education qualifications in Law, Accounting and Finance which are invaluable to start-ups & SME’s. I completed an International MBA with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Management School in Belgium in 2011. I am a part-time Lecturer at Strathmore University giving courses in Entrepreneurial finance and a training partner of the East Africa Venture Capital Association on matters relating to finance and investment.
I have a background in financial economics, was part of the Kenyan team to the Europe, Middle East and Africa 2013 CFA Challenge and has previously worked as a financial journalist for Pesatalk.com. I typically analyse companies and projects in the technology, financial services and build environment industries and have been involved in various capital raising assignments. I currently blog on brianswords.com on various musings and farms chillies and strawberries. I am currently pursuing the CFA certification to deepen my understanding in finance.
I have over 4 years’ experience in the financial services industry obtained while working with an investment group helping to analyze and manage their investment portfolio. I have a vast experience in appraisal of deals and financial analysis. Have been involved in the preparation of several research and appraisal reports that guide investment decisions. I have an MBA in Finance and Banking from Limkokwing University, Malaysia and a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from JKUAT. Am not all work and no play, in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughters
Robert Yawe is the Managing Director of KAY System Technologies Ltd, an ICT company involved in the design and implementation of LAN and WAN systems. He is also the Corporate Mentor to Synergy Systems Ltd, a software development house with a niche on financial applications using the software as a service (SAS) model. Robert is passionate about early-stage companies and their development, and participates actively either as an angel investor or as a coach and mentor, based on his many years’ experience in building companies from the ground up. In addition to this, he is a panel member and mentor at @iBiz Africa, a business incubator based at Strathmore University in Nairobi.
Yaron has been working in the financial services industry since 2002, including 3 years at a major global investment bank in London and since early 2009 has been in Kenya. Yaron utilises extensive experience and relationships in the financial services sector, and networks in East Africa, in order to facilitate investment and business development for entrepreneurs. He has a Masters degree from the University of London, is a holder of the Investment Management Certificate Issued by the CFA Society of the UK, and is a fellow of the Geological Society of London. During his time in Kenya he has successfully shepherded several early stage businesses towards and through venture capital stage investment from a range of debt, equity and grant sources in the technology, agriculture and renewable energy sectors.