Investing In African Tech Start-Up? Don’t Worry About Corruption – Investor
Corruption is not the most pressing challenge to venture capital investment in the African tech start-up scene, according to an investor.
“I was born in Naples, Italy, and corruption is equal to Lagos,” Maurizio Caio founding partner of TLcom Capital LLP told Fin24.
Caio is on a drive to invest a minimum of $500 000 in tech start-ups in Africa and he has said that developmental challenges are not an impediment to investment in technology companies.
“There are problems: There are traffic problems, corruption problems, which is what you would say if you invest in Naples. We should be aware of the problems, but not take them too seriously,” he said.
TLcom Capital LLP has examined between 600 and 700 tech companies focusing on lower risk areas where government action might present a revenue risk.
“You need to look at hundreds of companies to actually pick the one that has the potential to demonstrate this experiment that we’re all doing here,” said Caio.
The company, which boasts Harvard graduates, rejects 99% of tech firms based on strict criteria that include a detailed examination of business models.
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