Demo Africa’s Investment Arm Launches $100M Fund To Support African Startups
Demo Africa, a firm that runs pitching contests for African tech companies in search of investment and exposure, will launch a $100 million fund through investment arm, Demo Ventures, which will be dedicated to supporting African tech startups.
The Nairobi-based investment management company will raise and manage the $100 million fund with the aim of assisting early stage and growth startups across Africa, according to Techmoran.
DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of Lions@frica and aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem.
Lions@frica is a public-private partnership launched by the U.S. Department of State to tap the startup and innovation ecosystems of targeted fast-growing African economies.
Demo Africa runs various pitching competitions and connects African startups to global tech investors and stakeholders.
Having been involved in the support and mentorship of more than 3,000 early stage startups over the last six years, Demo Africa helped those businesses to raise over $60 million for their growth and operation.
The fund will officially be launched in Morocco this coming October. Demo Ventures, which was registered in Kenya later last year, has announced the appointment of Tania Ngima as its new chief executive officer, according to Weetracker.
Ngima began her time at the helm of the investment arm of Demo Africa on Jul. 15, joining the company as a strategy and finance specialist with 15 years of experience in senior positions within manufacturing, renewable energy, technology infrastructure, real estate, telecommunications, and financial services.
Demo Africa’s investment arm to focus on big five
The five countries that the new $100 million fund will focus on include Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, according to Ventureburn.
New CEO Ngima confirmed the five African countries, while identifying consumer web and mobile, renewable energy, and financial services as the major sectors in which the fund will invest in early-stage tech startups.
“We are looking for companies that can scale quickly and especially those with the potential to operate across multiple geographies,” Ngima told Ventureburn.
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