Stories from the trenches: Angel investing in Silicon Savannah

  • July 5, 2022
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Kenya’s startup ecosystem, the Silicon Savannah, has been in existence for some time now and finally seems to be gathering steam as far as the spawning of new startups and their funding. The question of how to increase the participation of local capital, particularly through angel investing, has been a thorny one. Due to its nature, […]

Why It’s Time For Angel Investing In The Silicon Savannah

  • September 16, 2020
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Kenya, or the Silicon Savannah, has shown how entrepreneurship can be game-changing. From Mpesa (financial inclusion), M-Kopa (energy), and M-Tiba (health) entrepreneurship can solve development challenges and create jobs. Agri-tech farm to fork company Twiga foods, for example has raised over $67m, employing over 300 people, and partnering with 17,000 farmers and 8000 vendors, in just seven years. It’s a risky business However, […]

An East Africa Guide To Angel Investing During A Time Of Crisis

  • May 28, 2020
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The world has experienced different crises and pandemics, which have often disrupted economies before and though the disruption due to Covid-19 is not novel, its magnitude is one that has not been felt for many years. Whether it was the economic recession in Europe and the States in 2008, or the micro-finance crisis in India […]

Bridging The Gap Between Local And Expat Founder Funding

  • April 10, 2020
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Over the years, the inflow of startup funding capital in Africa has been rapidly growing, as investors have started paying more attention to investment opportunities in Africa. African economies have shown great potential for growth, and this has made African startups a key portfolio ingredient for investors looking for investment opportunities. In addition to the […]

Viktoria Angels Business Network (VBAN) and Pangea Accelerator Co-invest In Manpro Systems

  • November 19, 2019
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ManPro CEO, Linus Wahome, at a client’s site ViKtoria Business Angels Network is pleased to announce the close of USD 200,000 investment into Kenyan founded startup ManPro Systems Limited. The investment is structured in two tranches with the initial USD 20,000 accessible immediately and the balance pegged on performance. Together with Pangea Angels, VBAN have […]

VBAN Members – Q&A With Christian Wig

  • May 29, 2019
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What’s your background and how did you end being an angel investor? My main background is more than 30 years from management consulting, dedicated to the intersection between business models/ business strategies and enterprise architecture/ technology strategies. During these years I have also been founder and co-founder of some companies, mostly within consulting. Two years […]

VBAN Members – Q&A With Robert Gichohi

  • January 28, 2019
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What is your personal background? I’m a Kenyan citizen first and foremost. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Civil & Structural engineering and masters in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi. My work experience has largely being in the real estate sector and What made you want to become an Angel Investor? […]

Recap 2018 Masterclass Series

  • January 23, 2019
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As you may know, we have four masterclass sessions every year (one every quarter) and each covers different aspects of the investment life cycle, i.e. due diligence, deal structuring, valuation etc. Below is a snapshot from each of the sessions of 2018. Early Stage Investing Strategy – March 2018 It was our first session of […]

VBAN Members – Q&A With Tony Chen

  • July 6, 2018
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What is your personal background? I was born and raised on the East Coast of America. My family and I had lived in Chicago for 15 years before coming to Kenya in 2015. I earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. After leaving corporate […]

It’s About Time We Considered Angel Investing!

  • July 6, 2018
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The recently concluded EAVCA’s (East Africa Private & Venture Capital Association) conference was attended by global limited partners, local institutional investors, regulators and private equity investors to discuss and debate the opportunities driving the growth of investments in East Africa. Keynote speakers and panelists addressed the region’s deal landscape and examined the growth of Private […]