VENTURE BUILDING GEOGRAPHIES - FOCUS ON AFRICA
Webinar by: Venture Builders in Africa
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VENTURE BUILDING GEOGRAPHIES - FOCUS ON AFRICA
A Roundtable by: Venture Builders in Africa
About this event
When talking about Africa, we’re talking about a vast continent formed by countries with very different cultures and histories. But the bitter truth is that Africa is not part of a lot of conversation about startups, let alone Venture Studios. The people who are taking this subject at heart, are changing the markets of an entire continent.
In our upcoming session of the StudioHub webinar series, we invited venture builders whose focus is on the African markets. In a roundtable discussion, the speakers are going to explain the potential they saw for Venture Building in Africa. We want to explore the reasons why African entrepreneurs should consider staying in their home country to found their ventures and also why non-African entrepreneurs should be interested in these markets.
In 2021, according to various reports, startups in Africa raised $4.3 billion to $5.2 billion, a clear growth compared to 2020, where each study reported figures between $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion. The data on the subject is limited, but we hope it’s enough to catch your attention.
If your Venture Studio is based in Africa or is looking to expand your venture building effort in new geographies, this conversation is also for you. We want this discussion to be deeper than just the webinar, and we need your help in this goal.
StudioHub believes that Startup Studios are the best way to innovate and create innovative companies. For this reason, we want you to look broader than just your city, your country or even your continent: look at what other people are doing in every place on the Earth, because you can find inspiration and new ideas. And we think Africa is the best place to start.
This webinar will help you understand:
The potential of Venture Building in Africa
Advantages and limitations of doing innovation in Africa
Countries and industries more favourable for Venture Building in Africa
How to scale up innovation effort originated in and for Africa
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Venture Builders in Africa will be having an open discussion at our next session
Malanee Hutton, Head of Venture Design at Founders Factory Africa. Malanee has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and has held several roles at various leading corporate and investment banks, including Investec, Nedbank and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). Before joining FFA, Malanee worked in RMB’s corporate innovation lab, The FOUNDeRY, where she led the digital capabilities team. In her current role, she is an experienced venture builder and innovation specialist working across Sub-Saharan Africa, assisting start-ups in catalysing their growth.
Lyndsay Holley Handler, Partner and Chief Venture Builder at Factor[e] Ventures. Lyndsay has over 18 years of leadership and operations experience building social ventures in the energy, agriculture, and fintech sectors in Africa. Lyndsay was the CEO of pan-African solar company Fenix International, where she built a team of over 1,100 employees to deliver clean, affordable power to over 3 million people. After leading Fenix through an exit to ENGIE, Lyndsay advised high-growth start-ups on the continent and taught venture building classes at the African Leadership University.
Ndubuisi Kejeh, Founding Partner of Mustard. Ndubuisi has been building technology ventures for well over a decade, in which time his work has been awarded and recognised by entities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and Time Magazine. Ndubuisi is the Founding Partner of Mustard, a ‘venture agency’ that believes Africa’s future image will be largely shaped by the global brands it is able to produce. Mustard’s team consists of engineers, designers and storytellers, who invest their expertise and capital to originate Africa-focused ventures with visionary, veteran and influential entrepreneurs, and realise audience-moving brand narratives with the founders of exceptional initiatives. Ndubuisi has an MEng in Electrical and Electronic engineering from Imperial College London.
StudioHUB's next webinar
June’s digital session at StudioHub with Venture Builders in Africa will help attendees explore the potential of the African markets if they’re not familiar with them. It will give an insight into the opportunities and challenges of founding a Startup Studio in Africa.
The webinar will take place in the format of 45 minutes knowledge sharing session and 15 minutes of Q&A.
The discussion will revolve around understanding the current situation of venture building in Africa, and what we can expect from the future.
“Venture Building Geographies – Focus on Africa” is a must-attend roundtable discussion to explore the venture building opportunities of the African continent.
If you want to find out more about other markets, and in particular the markets in Africa, you are in the right place: join us by filling out the form below.