Venture capital funds are starting to make bigger bets on African startups
Funding has long been a challenge for African startups but the tide has started to turn in the last year as the sector heats up and both investors and entrepreneurs start to see some of their long term efforts come to fruition.
Story from Quartz. Story by By Oluwatosin Adeshokan.
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One of the key challenges has been that much of the capital the drives global venture funding are in markets in the United States or London where the investors are used to deploying sums that were often too large for the early stage of development of the African startup sector. This ended up often meaning little capital was being deployed outside the scope of grants and a narrow slice of impact investing.
That’s beginning to change this year as more funds are being launched to focus specifically on African startups with loftier ambitions than providing a $50,000 grant.
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