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Africa is home to over 1 billion people and many of the fastest growing countries. At the same time, the majority of Africans continue to live on less than $8 a day. The Internet and mobile technology have played a critical role in driving economic development. Mobile ownership, access to the Internet, and smartphone penetration will continue to rise dramatically in the coming years. This creates massive opportunity for investments into innovative entrepreneurs to develop transformative solutions for African consumers and businesses.

Who we are

Africa Tech Ventures (ATV) is founded by a group of passionate investors and entrepreneurs with a solid track record of doing business and investing in Africa. We believe that scalable innovative businesses are the drivers to economic growth and prosperity and that technology can accelerate the pace at which people gain access to essential goods and services. By providing equity capital, hands-on support and access to our networks in East Africa, we aim to accelerate the growth and scalability of these innovative tech-enabled businesses.

WHAT WE DO

Africa Tech Ventures invests in the growth of high potential start-ups in Sub-Sahara Africa. We focus on companies that increase access to essential goods and services for African consumers or provide solutions that help businesses access markets and financial services. Technology plays a critical role in achieving scale and efficiency for all our investee companies. We invest between USD 100,000 and USD 5mio, in exchange for a significant minority equity stake and can participate in multiple financing rounds.

THE TEAM

ELINE BLAAUBOER

Managing Partner

Seasoned venture capital, technology, private equity and impact investor, with 19 years’ experience investing in Africa and Europe, at TBL Mirror Fund, Safaricom Spark Fund and Gilde Investment Management. Chair of East Africa Venture Capital Association.
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BOLDEWIJN SLOET

Partner & Portfolio Director

Entrepreneur, angel investor, and start-up advisor with 10 years experience working and living in Africa.Previously Africa Director at off-grid energy company Barefoot Power and Operating Partner at Safaricom Spark Fund.
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KAREN WAITHAKA

VENTURE PARTNER

10 years experience in various fund management roles. Investment associate at Safaricom Spark, and TBL Mirror Fund. Worked on Deals & Transactions at PwC, Retirement Benefits Authority and with a fund manager in Sydney.
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MAIREAD CAHILL

Co-Founder & Venture Partner

Was an Associate Partner at Dalberg, and Advisor to M-KOPA. Previously Head of Strategy for BT’s Consumer division in London and start-up experience in London, Silicon Valley and Nairobi
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DR. BITANGE NDEMO

Senior Advisor

Former Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication having served from 2005 to 2013. Over 20 years of experience lecturing at the university level, a/o on entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School.

Board member and advisor of many African technology businesses like MSurvey and iHub.

JULIANA ROTICH

Senior Advisor

12+ years business and tech experience in Kenya and the US. Founding team member of BRCK Inc and Co-founder of Ushahidi Inc., both founded in Nairobi.

Board Member at Kenya Vision 2030 and an advisor to BASF, Microsoft4Afrika and Risk Co-operative.

MEZUO NWULENI

SENIOR ADVISOR

Track record and networks as investor and entrepreneur in West Africa.
Managing Partner of Nigerian agribusiness fund FAFIN.
Founder of AACE foods and PE fund AFIG; CFO, MTS First Wireless; JP Morgan M&A

AZIZ LALLJEE

SENIOR ADVISOR

US-based early-stage investor and entrepreneurial leader, with 12 years’ of venture capital, startup, and consulting experience. Co-founded fintech company Finom, Inc; Managing Director at VentureDNA

MOSES KEMIBARO

SENIOR ADVISOR

15 years’ experience in digital marketing strategy, creative design, business apps, technology integration, digital marketing, social media and mobile (web, marketing & apps). Moses is an award-winning Techblogger and worked at Africa Online, 3mice, Kenyaweb, InMobi, the Perform Group and Dotsavvy and OLX Kenya (Naspers).

MIKUL SHAH

SENIOR ADVISOR

Kenyan angel investor and entrepreneur with over 10 years’ experience in mature and emerging markets. Founder and Managing Director of EatOut, Yummy Magazine and Nairobi Restaurant Week.

MONICA PUTTER

SENIOR ADVISOR

13 years’ experience in investing in technology space, impact investing and M&A. Worked with Morgan Stanley, Vodafone M&A projects, Envestors, Audaces Impact, started her own businesses and currently is advising the GSMA Innovation Fund.

BIJU MOHANDAS

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

17 years of investment and operational experience in Africa and India in the areas of healthcare, education and impact investing. Currently heading the Health and Education Investment team for Sub Saharan Africa at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and their Global Sector Lead for Medical Devices. Prior to the IFC, he was the Director of Acumen Fund in East Africa.

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