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Announcement of the 16 finalists for the 2021 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed & Series A Tracks

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Announcement of the 16 finalists for the 2021 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed & Series A Tracks

All companies provide technology-intensive or innovation-based products or services that are currently available in one or more African markets

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, September 27, 2021 / APO Group / –

We are proud to announce the 16 companies selected for the VC4A (https://VC4A.com) Venture Showcase – Seed & Series A tracks.

The companies in the 2021 portfolio have been reviewed by venture capitalists through a rigorous recommendation and selection process and represent the best start-up and Series A investment opportunities on the continent. They have strong revenues and a competitive advantage, are well positioned for regional and international expansion, and are working on significant innovations in healthcare, finance, transportation, commerce and education. All companies provide technology-intensive or innovation-based products or services that are currently available in one or more African markets.

The founders will present their companies to investors at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit on November 4 and 5, 2021 (https://bit.ly/3zOT3Xo), a flagship industry event organized by VC4A and its partner the African Business Angels Network (ABAN). The rounds range between $ 400,000 and $ 20 million and interested investors can secure their seats at the table through the dedicated AESIS DealRooms held in the week following the summit. Since 2017, the Showcase portfolio companies have jointly raised more than $ 160 million in venture capital.

Series A securities portfolio:

Alpha Direct Insurtech (https://bit.ly/3m9irCG) – (Insurtech / SaaS, Botswana) Arifu (https://bit.ly/3kIfZU4) – (Edtech, Kenya) Chari Co (https://bit.ly / 2XUV7jh) – (Retail & Wholesale, Morocco) Cinetpay (https://bit.ly/3zIBYhP) – (Fintech, Ivory Coast) CloudFret (https://bit.ly/3zPhrZ0) – (Transport & Logistics, Morocco) Fatura (https://bit.ly/3iddoj9) – (Fintech / Retail & Wholesale, Egypt) Rology (https://bit.ly/3ANzwrR) – (Healthtech, Egypt) Youverify Inc. (Youcheck Online Services Limited ) (https://bit.ly/2Zqb3uH) – (SaaS, Nigeria)

Seed track portfolio:

Appload (https://bit.ly/3EX7rAH) – (Logistics, Mozambique) CashBackApp (https://bit.ly/3uePDw7) – (Shopping & Retail, Kenya) FlexPay (https://bit.ly/3zNSxJj) – (Fintech, Kenya) Moja Ride (https://bit.ly/3F6EaUv) – (Fintech / Transport, Ivory Coast) Oneport INC (https://bit.ly/3zICVXr) – (Logistics / Fintech, Nigeria ) SAYNA (https://bit.ly/3kMAbE4) – (Edtech, Madagascar) ShipBlu (https://bit.ly/3ibKlwi) – (Logistics / AI, Egypt) Waya Limited (https://bit.ly/ 39NJYn3) – (Fintech, Ghana)

Company residency program

Over the next six weeks, the selected startups will participate in a virtual investor readiness program aimed at getting them into top fundraising shape for # AESIS2021. The workshops will be led by renowned African investors: Aaron Fu from Catalytic Fund, Aniko Szigetvari from Atlantica Ventures, Gregoire de Padirac from Orange Ventures and Andrea Bohmert from Knife Capital, and will be complemented by office hours with experts from the domain and a high level speaker. sessions. Entrepreneurs will also be matched with top VC and Angel investors for one-on-one mentorship.

Special thanks to partners

VC4A especially thanks its long-standing and new program partners who greatly enhance the value provided to participants and make the program unique. Amazon Web Services offers portfolio companies up to $ 25,000 in credits and technical support through its AWS Activate program. The Showcase Seed course, organized in collaboration with ABAN, welcomes a new partner, the European Business Angel Network. With EBAN members involved in the process of selecting and mentoring portfolio startups, EBAN and VC4A aim to strengthen the flow of startup investment from Europe to Africa.

Participating investors

The participation of investment partners was stronger than ever, with more than 200 companies referred for Showcase 2021 by Angel and VC partners. The finalists were selected from nearly 1,000 applicants by an investment committee of 72 members representing the continent’s leading venture capital funds such as Plug and Play, Seedstars Ventures, Goodwell Investments, Lofty Inc, Kappafrik, Shell Foundation, 4Di Capital, Kalon Venture Partners, Saviu Ventures, Compass Venture Capital, Kuramo Capital Management, Blue Haven Initiative, Mercy Corps Ventures, AAIC Partners Africa, HAVAIC, Newtown Partners, Accion, FINCA Ventures, Factor[e], LeapFrog Investments, EchoVC, GreenTec Capital Partners, AfricInvest and many more.

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