Meet 34 female angel and venture capital investors in Africa

We curated a list of 34 African women who are investing in the tech ecosystem on the continent.

Meet 34 female angel and venture capital investors in Africa

In a dynamic era of technological transformation and economic resilience across the African continent, a remarkable shift in the investment landscape is taking center stage, and it's the women who are leading this charge. As Africa experiences a digital tech boom, characterised by innovative strides in banking, healthcare, education, agriculture, and beyond, women entrepreneurs and investors are playing a pivotal role in harnessing technology to digitize traditional industries.

Venture capital, which has been a vital lifeline for startups with long-term growth aspirations, has played a pivotal role in this narrative, with women-led investment firms making significant strides. Nigeria and Kenya have emerged as vibrant venture capital hotspots, attracting substantial investments, thanks in part to female investors who are championing innovative startups.

However, the landscape is evolving beyond the well-known hubs, as women in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other African nations continue to make their mark in the world of venture capital.

In this vibrant ecosystem, it's imperative to recognise and celebrate the diverse and influential voices of women who are shaping the investment landscape across Africa. In this article, we proudly introduce you to 34 remarkable female angel and venture capital investors who are driving change, innovation, and gender equality in Africa's investment frontier.

Yemi Keri

Yemi Keri is a leading figure in the Nigerian technology landscape, boasting over two decades of experience that span the realms of technology leadership and investment. As the CEO of Heckerbella Limited, a Digital Transformation company, she has consistently driven innovation by delivering practical tech-driven solutions to complex business and social challenges.

Yemi's extensive track record includes noteworthy roles such as Director and Regional Manager at SAP Africa, pioneering the Edo State Directorate of Information Communications & Technology Agency, and spearheading transformative projects like the Biometric Identification, Time & Attendance, and Payroll Automation System (BIPATAS).

Beyond her technological prowess, Yemi is a co-founder of Rising Tide Africa, a platform for amplifying women's participation in angel investing while fostering cross-border collaboration and mentorship. She's a Director at the Lagos Angel Network, actively mentoring technology-enabled startups and propelling them to success. Yemi's multidisciplinary background, coupled with her unceasing dedication to leveraging technology for societal advancement, makes her an indomitable force at the intersection of technology and investment in Nigeria. Through Rising Tide, she has invested in Eden Life, Chekkit, Big Cabal Media, and Chekkit.

Maya Horgan Famodu

Maya Horgan Famodu is a dynamic venture capital investor and entrepreneur renowned for her impactful contributions to Africa's tech landscape. She is the founder of Ingressive Capital, a $10 million venture fund dedicated to nurturing early-stage African tech ventures. Alongside this, she established Ingressive, a tech integration firm offering market entry services and tech research for global corporations and investors, shaping Africa's tech strategy.

Maya's work has attracted prominent Silicon Valley entities such as Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and GitHub, facilitating over 20 investments in African tech. Her brainchild, the High Growth Africa Summit, unites investors, developers, and tech companies annually to deliberate on scaling and funding high-growth African enterprises. She founded Ingressive Capital in 2017 and has raised over $50 million to invest in companies like Paystack, Mono, and Bamboo.

Related Article: How Maya Famodu built Ingressive Capital into a pan-African VC fund

Eunice Ajim

Eunice is a Cameroonian-American tech investor and entrepreneur. She launched Ajim Capital Fund, a $10 million early-stage fund writing cheques into high-growth tech companies in Africa.

She co-founded OpenTeams, an online marketplace that makes it easy for users of open source to connect and transact with service providers. Prior to OpenTeams, Eunice founded DataGig, an online marketplace where enterprises hired vetted data experts and vendors for their big data and analytics projects on demand.

She was also a product consultant and analyst at Apple.

Tokunboh Ishmael

Tokunboh Ishmael is an impact investor with over two decades of experience spanning investment banking, private equity, and technology across continents.

As the co-founder and Managing Director of Alitheia Capital, a pioneering Nigerian investment management firm, she has played a pivotal role in channeling private equity investments towards small and medium-sized businesses in West Africa. Tokunboh's approach to impact investing has positioned her at the forefront of socially responsible investment in Africa, particularly in the realm of fintech for financial inclusion.

Her commitment to fostering equity, fairness, and inclusion has led her to invest in businesses that address accessibility, affordability, and underserved markets, driving shared prosperity. She co-founded Alitheia IDF, successfully raising over $100 million to support female-led businesses in Africa. Through Alithea Capital, she has invested in Paga and Mainstream Microfinance Bank among others.

Eloho Omame

Eloho Omame is an early-stage investor and a strong advocate for gender and inclusion in VC in Africa. She’s a partner at TLcom Capital, a seed-to-growth stage VC firm, and a co-founder and general partner at FirstCheck Africa, an early-stage VC firm that aims to provide female founders with their first check.

Omame co-founded First Check Africa alongside Odun Eweniyi in 2021. FirstCheck Africa’s investment portfolio includes startups in Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, and Kenya, led by female founders building in financial services, education, healthcare, and retail/commerce. Some startups they've invested in include Pivo, Foondamate, and Healthracka.

FirstCheck's Odunayo Eweniyi and Eloho Omame

Odunayo Eweniyi

Odunayo Eweniyi is a prominent figure in the African tech landscape and the co-founder and COO of PiggyVest, the largest digital investment platform in Nigeria. With a background in Business Analysis and Operations spanning 7 years, Odunayo also co-founded, a major African job site boasting an extensive database of pre-screened candidates.

In her role as COO of PiggyVest, Odunayo oversees various aspects such as Finance, Investment Management, People Operations, Investor Relations, Fundraising, and related categories. Beyond PiggyVest, she co-founded First Check Africa in January 2021—a female-led angel fund aimed at investing in women within the African tech scene during the early stages, fostering easier access to venture capital and technology startup investments.

Her influence extends to her position as a board member at Village Capital, a global supporter of impact-driven, seed-stage entrepreneurs. Odunayo's impact has been widely recognized, including her inclusion in Bloomberg Business Weekly's 2020 Bloomberg50 list—an annual compilation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who have left a significant mark on the global business landscape.

Laila Macharia

Laila Macharia is an investor with extensive experience investing in East Africa. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, and shaped by diverse experiences across Somalia, Namibia, and the US.

She is the vice chair of Centum Investment, a leading publicly listed invested company with over $1 billion of assets under management. She's also deeply involved in the creative industry, having co-founded the African Digital Media Institute, a career accelerator where creative and techies get training and mentorship to meet the global demand for skilled tech talent.

Hannah Subayi

Hannah Subayi is currently a partner at Launch Africa Ventures. She previously served as the country officer for a leading French DFI, Proparco in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to this, Hannah was a principal at South Suez Capital mainly focusing on primaries and secondary transactions (origination, execution, monitoring, and exits). She has over 10 years of professional experience and sits on the advisory boards of several African private equity funds.

Prior to joining South Suez Capital, she was an investment banker for 5 years covering developed markets from London. She has a master’s degree in management from HEC Paris Business School and a master’s degree in business and international law from Paris I – La Sorbonne Law School.

Fatoumata Ba

Fatoumata Ba is a Senegalese-born tech entrepreneur and investor. As the founder and executive chair of Janngo Capital, she spearheads the creation, growth, and investment in pan-African 'tech for good' champions. Janngo, backed by esteemed African and international investors, is arguably Africa's largest gender-equal tech fund, working towards proven business models and inclusive social impact. The fund is worth about $63.2 million.

Fatoumata's legacy is anchored in her roles at Jumia, the premier African tech unicorn, where she served as the founding CEO in Ivory Coast, managing director in Nigeria, and an Executive Committee member at the African level. She masterminded the success of over 130 operations across over 30 countries, generating thousands of jobs and empowering countless SMEs.

Fatoumata Ba

With a profound commitment to bridging gender disparities, fostering SME growth, and advancing education and health, Fatoumata embodies the spirit of progress. Her accolades, including being named a World Economic Forum 'Young Global Leader' and a Forbes Africa '30 under 30', reflect her visionary leadership. Through Janngo Capital she has raised over $60 million to invest in companies, especially in Francophone Africa.

Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth Howard is a dynamic entrepreneur with a strong focus on fostering growth in Africa's job-creating SMEs through strategic investment initiatives. In 2017, she founded Women in African Investments (WAI) – a vibrant network comprising over 160 women investment professionals dedicated to promoting equitable distribution of investment capital across the continent.

With a background in quantitative economics and risk management, Elizabeth's leadership as the head of the Industry Association for Crowdfunding in Africa (ACfA) showcases her deep understanding of innovative fund structures and regulatory dynamics. Her commitment to diversifying capital allocators and creating a more inclusive investment landscape resonates through her impactful collaborations and the annual publication of WAI's Impact Report.

Lisa G. Thomas

Lisa G. Thomas is a seasoned impact investor, entrepreneur, and consultant with over 18 years of experience in venture capital and private equity investing, strategic planning, governance, and operations.

She is the Founder and Managing Director of Samata Capital, a fund management company focused on private-sector investments in small and growing businesses across sub-Saharan Africa. Lisa's dedication to advancing opportunities for women and promoting gender diversity is reflected in her investment approach, which includes aims to help women bridge the capital gap for high-growth businesses.

With a robust emerging market background, Lisa has worked with companies in more than 20 countries, spanning Africa, Asia, and the Caucasus. Her expertise extends to financial inclusion, agribusiness, energy services, fintech, and online marketplaces.

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes is a distinguished figure in the world of finance and investment, renowned for her remarkable expertise in technology and investment management. With over 14 years of experience spanning investment banking and private equity across diverse sectors, including healthcare, technology, and consumer goods, she has consistently demonstrated her prowess as a leading investment professional.

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

She is the founder and managing partner of Aruwa Capital Management, one of the few women-owned and led private equity funds in Africa. Her bold step to launch her fund at the young age of 29 showcases her visionary leadership. Committed to transforming societies and empowering women, she focuses on using her fund's investments as a blueprint to advocate for investing in women across various roles and aspects of society.

Through Aruwa Capital Management, she supports growth-stage businesses that cater to the female economy and uplift women's roles in the workforce and value chain. She has invested in Crowdforce, Taeillo, and Wemy industries.

Amanda Cotterman

Amanda Cotterman is an experienced emerging markets and operations professional renowned for her exceptional expertise in technology and investment within the African market. With a robust background in the Asia-Pacific Investment Banking Technology team and Equity Capital Markets team at Morgan Stanley, she seamlessly transitioned to Africa, becoming a driving force in the region's burgeoning tech and investment landscape.

She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Equalofe Capital, Africa's pioneering venture debt fund, and EquaLife Advisory Services, providing strategic and financial management support to startups and SMEs across the continent. Notable investments include Moringa School and Benefactors Ltd.

Ewa Harcourt-Wood

Eva Harcourt Wood is a seasoned investment professional with a remarkable career spanning over 15 years in the Private Equity and broader investment landscape. She co-founded Intaba Capital, a distinguished women-led investment and advisory firm situated in Cape Town, South Africa. Eva's expertise, coupled with her extensive industry experience, has significantly contributed to Intaba's success since its establishment in 2019.

With a strong background in investment and strategic optimization, Eva's dedication to effecting positive change through investment is reflected in Intaba's investments in high-growth SMEs, aimed at addressing socio-economic challenges within South Africa.

Her leadership is further evident in Intaba's comprehensive range of consultancy and advisory services, spanning transaction advisory, due diligence, financial analysis, business valuations, and more. Through Intaba Capital, she led the Series A round, for South African student accommodation startup, Digsconnect.

Cathy Goddard

Cathy Goddard is a visionary leader and impact investor, renowned for her instrumental role as the founder of FyreFem Fund Managers. With a robust career spanning various sectors of finance, Cathy's expertise shines through her strategic direction for the South African-based women-owned private equity fund manager.

Leveraging her background as Chief Investment Officer at a prestigious PE firm, she established FyreFem in 2017, focusing on empowering SMEs in South Africa. Her unique approach combines the best of private equity and business rescue, aptly addressing growth, impact, and gender-related issues.

Cathy's dedication to gender-smart investing is evident in her signature "FyreFly Development Programme," fostering diversity and women's empowerment across C-Suite, board, and shareholding levels. Her board memberships, notably with SAVCA, and involvement in incubating venture capital funds showcase her commitment to giving back and shaping the industry's future.

Thelma Ekiyor

Thelma Arimiebi Ekiyor is a Nigerian social entrepreneur and impact investor, with over two decades of experience in pioneering impactful initiatives across Africa. Notably, she champions women's economic empowerment through investment and entrepreneurship.

Ekiyor's impressive portfolio encompasses strategic roles in numerous organizations, where she focuses on fostering financial independence and educational access for women and youth. Her transformative work spans across 22 African countries, including post-conflict regions like Liberia. Armed with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Imperial College London and a law degree from the University of Buckingham, Ekiyor's credentials underscore her commitment to advancing women's entrepreneurship.

She is the Managing Partner of SME.NG, an investment platform for female entrepreneurs, and the convener of The Funding Space an event to provide finance, training, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Nichole Yembra

Nichole Yembra, an entrepreneur and investor, stands as the Founder and Managing Director of The Chrysalis Co., a hub for transformative ventures. With an illustrious career initiated at Ernst & Young LLP, she swiftly journeyed from risk transformation to shaping the future of emerging market tech.

Nichole's impact reverberates across the African continent as a beacon for women in leadership and technology. She spearheads GreenHouse Lab, Nigeria's pioneering female-focused tech accelerator, driven by her zeal to bridge investment gaps for women-led startups.

Nichole's investment acumen is grounded in her 'people-first' ethos—prioritising resilient, adaptable teams poised for success. Her portfolio resonates with data-driven solutions that catalyze progress in health, education, fintech, and agriculture. Through Chrysalis Capital she has invested in companies like Bamboo, and Bitmama.

Lise Birikundavyi

Lise Birikundavyi is an accomplished figure in the world of investment, renowned for her innovative approach to finance and commitment to societal impact. As the co-founder and managing partner of BKR Capital, the pioneering black-led VC fund in Canada, she has spearheaded efforts to bridge the gap in funding for black entrepreneurs.

Her extensive experience spans hedge funds, venture capital, and even a role as a transition CEO for a tech startup. Armed with a CFA charter and an MBA from Shanghai Jiaotong University, she blends financial expertise with a profound understanding of impact investing. Through BKR Capital, she has invested in companies like Treepz, Godee, etc.

Rebecca Enonchong

Rebecca Enonchong stands out as an advocate for African tech advancement through investment. Her dedication to elevating the industry's visibility and safeguarding startups from regulatory challenges has earned her widespread recognition.

Enonchong is the founder of AppsTech, an enterprise software company, she also serves as the chair of AfriLabs—an association comprising 320 innovation hubs across 51 African nations.

Through her work, she actively supports Francophone Africa's tech ecosystems. Enonchong's influence extends to being an early-stage Pan-African investor and a vocal proponent for increased representation of Black and African women in leadership positions, particularly as CEOs and founders within the startup realm.

Kofoworola Agbaje

Kofoworola Agbaje is a well-known professional in the world of venture capital, with a distinct blend of engineering acumen and business prowess. Currently serving as Vice President at Quona Capital since her promotion in 2023, she specializes in Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, and Cross-Border investments.

Kofoworola's role encompasses the entire investment lifecycle, from sourcing and due diligence to operational projects and research. Her expertise extends to guiding portfolio companies and facilitating successful exits, such as Tiaxa's exit to Bemobi in 2021. With a solid foundation in technology and finance, gained from her time at the Royal Bank of Scotland and bolstered by an MBA from The Wharton School, Kofoworola Agbaje stands as a remarkable figure driving innovative investment strategies in emerging markets.

Nneka Eze

Nneka Eze, a seasoned investor, brings over 15 years of experience to the world of venture capital. Currently a General Partner and Managing Director at VestedWorld, she directs her expertise toward impact-driven investments in emerging markets, particularly in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya.

Nneka's commitment to inclusive business models helps her to navigate class dynamics and challenge biases in capital allocation. With a background in strategy consulting, she has held influential roles at Dalberg, co-leading the Global Agriculture & Food Security Practice. Nneka's investments in early-stage agribusinesses and fintech firms across Africa underscore her passion for fostering economic growth and employment through impactful investments. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, her insights continue to shape the African investment landscape.

Ola Brown

Dr. Ola Brown is a distinguished healthcare entrepreneur and investor with over 13 years of experience driving transformative change in Africa's healthcare landscape. As the Founder and Chief Executive of the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Group, she has spearheaded initiatives across the healthcare and wellness value chain, including hospital construction, diagnostics, pharmaceutical retail, and air ambulance services.

Dr. Brown's journey began with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Hull York Medical School. Her thirst for knowledge led her to the Japanese MEXT scholarship, where she pursued lab-based research in Tokyo, specialising in induced pluripotent stem cells.

She has actively engaged in fostering economic growth through her roles at the Greentree Investment Company and Healthcare Capital Africa. With a track record of successful investments in various tech sectors and a robust portfolio, she is a driving force behind West Africa's venture capital landscape.

She recently launched a book, “Journey To Series A” to equip African startups, and entrepreneurs with funding strategies.

Omobola Johnson

Omobola Johnson is a distinguished figure in the technology and investment landscape of sub-Saharan Africa. As the Senior Partner of TLcom Capital, a venture capital firm, she brings her extensive championed the National Broadband Plan and fostered the local technology industry, to her leadership at Accenture, where she served as Country Managing Director and orchestrated the evolution of various industries.

Armed with a Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, a Master's in Digital Electronics from King's College, London, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Cranfield University, Omobola stands as an advocate for innovation and growth. Her contributions extend beyond TLcom Capital, encompassing influential board roles in leading Nigerian and multinational corporations.

Additionally, as the Founding Chairperson of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ), Omobola exemplifies dedication to elevating women's roles in shaping the business landscape. Her profile underscores a legacy defined by visionary leadership, strategic investments, and a commitment to driving progress in technology and beyond.

Marge Ntambi

Margaret Ntambi, is a seasoned Corporate Finance professional with a decade of expertise in pricing strategy spanning various industries such as consumer packaged goods, consulting/outsourcing, and financial services. Alongside her corporate finance endeavors, Margaret has actively supported founders and established her own residential general contracting company.

Margaret transitioned into venture capital in November 2020, while pursuing her Executive MBA at NYU Stern. During this journey, she engaged in numerous fellowships, including one with RareBreed Ventures, a versatile pre-seed to seed venture fund that champions exceptional founders beyond the major tech hubs. During her time with RareBreed, she has contributed to the development of the fund's web3 and African investment strategy.

Also in addition to her role at RareBreed Ventures, Margaret serves as a Partner at Benue Capital, a pre-seed to seed sector-agnostic fund focused on investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Uganda.

Hope Ditlhakanyane

Hope Ditlhakanyane is a trailblazing South African investor and entrepreneur who is committed to using entrepreneurship as an instrument for addressing Africa's most pressing socio-economic issues.

As the founder of We Fund Women, a venture capital firm launched in 2020, she channels her passion into empowering women-led businesses by providing them with essential access to capital. With an ambitious goal to support 100 gender-smart startups by 2025, Hope's vision extends beyond traditional investment paradigms.

Her profound impact is felt not only through We Fund Women but also in her role as the Head of Venture Sourcing at Founders Factory Africa, where she strategically engages with startups to drive ecosystem growth and conversion. In recognition of her work, she has been included in Mail & Guardian's Top 200 South Africans and Yahoo Finance's Top 100 Women of the Future.

Adenike Sherriff

Adenike Sheriff is co-founder and chief of staff at Future Africa, a platform that provides capital, coaching, and community for mission-driven innovators and entrepreneurs building solutions in Africa.

In her current role, she supports innovators to access the resources they need to scale, including providing access to global funding. In 2019 she co-founded Future Africa alongside Iyinoluwa Aboyeji and Olabinjo Adeniran and has since invested in companies like Moove and Talent City.

Andreata Muforo

Andreata Muforo is one of the Partners at TLcom Capital. With an unwavering passion for pioneering tech-driven enterprises across Africa, she masterminds every phase of the investment journey – from inception and funding to strategic oversight and exits.

Andreata is the co-founder of TLcom’s annual Africa Tech Female Founder Summit – an event that ignites brilliance fosters ent, and weaves bonds among female entrepreneurs in the ecosystem. She's also involved with the Endeavor network where she helps mentor entrepreneurs.

Drawing on her extensive acumen in transaction structuring and corporate finance, gained during her time at Horizon Africa Capital and the African Development Bank, she has helped steer the affairs of companies like Autochek, and Vendease after they received investment from TLcom.

Ijeoma Agboti

Ijeoma D. Agboti-Obatoyinbo is a Non-Executive Director at FBNQuest Capital and FBNQuest Asset Management, while also serving as the Managing Director of FBNQuest Funds. With an extensive career spanning 22 years in the global investment industry, Ijeoma specializes in private equity, venture capital, and various alternative asset classes. Her expertise lies in constructing portfolios and offering guidance to institutional and private clients on private equity investment strategies, assessments, and acquisitions.

Before her tenure at FBNQuest, she established her consultancy, OAI Alternative Investments, focusing on alternative investment solutions. Notably, Ijeoma spent 13 years at JPMorgan Chase & Co., with a significant 11-year period within the JPMorgan Asset Management Private Equity Group, based in New York and London.

During her time there, she led the expansion of the group's activities in EMEA, encompassing responsibilities such as investment selection, portfolio management, fostering investor relations, and driving product development. Her contributions also extended to membership in the Investment Committee of the Group.

Ann Wyman

Ann is a Senior Officer at AfricInvest, a Tunisian investment and financial company where she is responsible for client relations. An internationally recognized economic and geopolitical researcher and manager with two decades of experience in financial services and consulting.

Before her time at Africinvest, Ann had worked as an economist and head of Emerging Markets Research at both Citi and Nomura. Ann also has extensive experience in politics and governance and currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Gatehouse Advisory Partners, a geopolitical consulting firm based in London.

Ann is a member of the board of the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund, established by the United States government to help foster stronger investment ties with Tunisia and launch local SMEs as engines for longer-term growth. Ann is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (Masters). During her time, at AfricInvest, the company has participated in funding rounds for Moove, MFS Africa, and Palmpay.

Sarah Dusek

Sarah Dusek is a trailblazing entrepreneur and investment expert, recognized for her impactful work in advancing women's entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa. As the Co-Founder and General Partner of Enygma Ventures, she has demonstrated unwavering dedication to empowering women-led startups.

With a rich background in entrepreneurship, including co-founding and leading the successful venture Under Canvas, Dusek brings a wealth of experience to her investment endeavors. Her visionary leadership has propelled Enygma Ventures to become a pivotal force in bridging the gender gap in startup funding. Through her strategic guidance, the firm has invested in over 12 women-led startups, contributing to their growth and success.

Dusek's commitment to teaching and supporting female founders highlights her passion for fostering a vibrant ecosystem of scalable businesses in Africa. Her profound belief in the continent's potential and her expertise in navigating the investment landscape makes her a prominent figure driving positive change in the region.

Lexi Novitske

Lexi Novitske is a seasoned venture investor renowned for catalyzing growth within sub-Saharan Africa's dynamic digital marketplace. Relocating from the bustling New York hedge fund scene to Lagos, Nigeria, she sought a more impactful role.

In 2014, Novitske launched Singularity Investments, a potent venture capital entity fortified by the Darwish family office. Pioneering a strategic approach, she leverages Singularity's robust relationships and expertise to unearth exceptional investment prospects, propelling portfolio companies to industry prominence across the African continent.

Novitske's profound investment acumen was honed through prior management roles at Nigerian private equity firm Verod Capital Management and financial services at New York-based Sandler O'Neill Asset Management. Notably, she serves as a mentor and advisor to burgeoning startups and accelerators, fostering a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. A CFA Charterholder and Kauffman Fellow, Lexi Novitske emerges as an influential force reshaping Africa's technological landscape through her strategic investment prowess.

Related Article: How Lexi Novitske became a pioneer in the African VC space

Tosin Faniro Dada

Tosin Faniro-Dada is a seasoned investment strategist and ecosystem builder renowned for her transformative impact on the African tech startup landscape. With an impressive track record, Tosin has been instrumental in scaling businesses and driving societal change.

Her career began as the Head of Strategy and partnerships at Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), where she harnessed private sector finance and strategic alliances to empower budding enterprises. As the Executive of Lagos Innovates, she propelled over 200 startups, providing essential resources for growth.

Tosin's leadership extended to Endeavor Nigeria, where she served as Managing Director & CEO, catalyzing the growth of remarkable tech scaleups. Now, a Partner at Breega, a prominent early-stage VC fund in Europe and Africa, Tosin passionately directs capital and resources to solve substantial economic and social challenges through technology. Her investment acumen, combined with her dedication to fostering change, continues to shape the future of tech entrepreneurship across West Africa.

Polo Leteka

Polo Leteka is a renowned South African investor, she's the founder and chairman of IDF Capital and also the co-founder of Alitheia IDF, which she co-founded with Tokunboh Ishmael.

Leteka steered Alitheia IDF to successfully conclude a $100 million fund, dedicated to supporting female entrepreneurs. This achievement solidified its position as Africa’s most valuable gender-focused private equity fund. The firm's current investments span various countries including Ghana, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Leteka's other notable contributions include spearheading the formulation of South Africa's Codes of Good Practice about the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment policy.

Biola Alabi

Biola Alabi is a prominent figure in Africa's investment landscape, recognized for her significant contributions to the growth of startups and the media industry. As a Venture Partner at Cairo Angels Syndicate Fund (CASF), she spearheads deal origination, investment portfolio management, and investor relations.

With a background in diverse sectors such as automotive, startups, and media, Biola brings a wealth of experience to her angel investing endeavors. Her commitment to impactful initiatives led her to found Grooming for Greatness (G4G), a fellowship and mentorship program aimed at nurturing leadership skills among aspiring professionals and entrepreneurs.

Biola's passion for innovation is evident in her role as the CEO of Biola Alabi Media, a company renowned for producing engaging film and television content. Her investment portfolio showcases a strategic approach, encompassing investments in tech startups like Trove Technologies and Chekkit. As a trusted advisor and board member, Biola Alabi's influence continues to shape Africa's burgeoning technology and media ecosystem.

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