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3 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Improve The Way You Investors Willing To Invest In Africa
3 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Improve The Way You Investors Willing To Invest In Africa
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While there are many reasons to invest in Africa investors should be aware that the continent will test their patience. The African markets are unstable and time horizons may not always work. Even sophisticated businesses may need to revise their business plans as Nestle did in 21 African countries in the last year. Many countries also have deficits. These gaps must be filled by smart and savvy investors who can bring greater prosperity to Africa.

 

 

 

 

TLcom Capital's $71 million TIDE Africa Fund

 

 

 

 

The latest venture of TLcom Capital has been closed at an estimated $71 million. The fund's predecessor was shut in January of last year. TLcom, Bio, CDC Group and Sango Capital contributed five million dollars. The first fund invested in 12 tech companies in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. TIDE Africa II will focus on fintech companies in East Africa. The investment firm also has offices in Nigeria and Kenya. The portfolio of TLcom includes Twiga Foods, Andela, uLesson and Kobo360. Each company is worth $500,000 to $10 million.

 

 

 

 

TLcom, investors looking for projects to fund located in Nairobi, a VC company with more than $200 million under management. The firm's Managing Partner, Omobola Johnson, has been instrumental in launching more than a dozen tech companies across the continent which include Twiga Foods and a trucking logistics company. Omobola Johnson (a former minister of technology for communication in Nigeria) is part of the investment firm's team.

 

 

 

 

TIDE Africa is an equity investment fund which invests in growth stage tech companies in SSA. It will invest between $500,000 and $10 million in companies in the early stages with a particular focus on Series A and B rounds. The fund will be primarily focused on Anglophone Africa but it plans to invest in Eastern and Southern African countries. TIDE for instance, has invested in five high growth digital companies in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

Omidyar Network's $71 million TEEP Fund

 

 

 

 

The Omidyar Network is a US-based company that invests in philanthropy that aims to invest $100-$200 million into India in the next five years. The fund was founded by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar and business investors in south africa has invested $113 million in 35 Indian companies since the year 2010. In India the company invests in entrepreneurship, consumer Internet, financial inclusion, transparency in government property rights, and businesses that have social impact.

 

 

 

 

The Omidyar Network's TEEP Fund makes investments that are designed to increase access to government information. It aims to identify non-profits using technology to develop public information portals and tools to citizens. The network believes that having open access to government information increases public awareness of government procedures, which will result in a more engaged society that holds government officials accountable. Imaginable Futures will invest the funds in nonprofit and for-profit organisations that focus on education and health.

 

 

 

 

Raise

 

 

 

 

If you're looking to raise funds for your African startup, you should look for a company with an emphasis on Africa. TLcom Capital, a fund manager located in London is one of these companies. Angel investors have been attracted to its African investments, and the company has raised money in Nigeria and Kenya. TLcom recently announced the launch of a new $71 million fund that intends to invest in 12 startups before they reach revenue.

 

 

 

 

The capital market is becoming aware of the potential of Africa venture capital. More private investors are recognizing the potential of Africa to grow and are not subject to the same restrictions as institutional investors. This means that raising funds is never easier. Raise allows businesses to conclude deals in half the time and is free of any institutional constraints. There is no standard way to raise money for African investors.

 

 

 

 

Understanding how investors perceive African investments is the first step. While YC hype is appealing to investors of all kinds however, it is important to look beyond the Silicon Valley giant and Agenda 2063 of the African Union. African companies are now searching for the YC signal to approach US investors. Kyane Kassiri is an Tunisian venture capitalist, has recently spoke about the importance of the YC signal when it comes to raising funds for African investors.

 

 

 

 

GetEquity

 

 

 

 

GetEquity, an investment platform based in Nigeria, was founded in July of 2021. It aims to bring about democratization of the funding of startups in Africa. It aims to make financing African startups easier for everyone by providing capital-raising tools and world-class capital for all startups. It has already assisted numerous startups get more than $150,000 in funding from investors from all over the world. It also offers secondary markets for investors to buy tokens from other investors.

 

 

 

 

In contrast to equity crowdfunding investing in early-stage businesses is a highly privileged activity that is usually only available to the top individual angel investors and capital institutions and syndicates. It is not accessible to family and friends. New startups are attempting to change this unwelcome arrangement by making it easier to obtain funding for startups in Africa. It is accessible for both Android and iOS devices. It is free to use.

 

 

 

 

With the introduction of its cryptocurrency-based wallet, GetEquity is making startup investing in Africa possible for everyday investors. With the aid of crypto funds investors can invest in African startups for as little as $10. Although it's a small amount, it's still substantial money compared to traditional equity financing. With the recent acquisition of Paystack by Spark Capital, GetEquity has developed into a thriving ecosystem for investors willing to invest in Africa.

 

 

 

 

Bamboo

 

 

 

 

Bamboo's first obstacle is convincing young Africans to invest in the platform. Up until now investors in Africa were restricted to a limited number of options including foreign direct investment (FDI), crowdfunding, and legacy finance companies. About a third of Africans have made a purchase on any platform. However the company has announced that it is expanding into other parts of Africa and plans to launch in Ghana in April 2021. More than 100,000 Ghanaians are on the waiting list as of this writing.

 

 

 

 

Africans have limited alternatives to save money. The value of the currency is decreasing against the dollar due to inflation of close to 16 percent. Investing dollars can help you protect yourself from inflation and the possibility of a declining dollar. One platform that allows Africans to invest in U.S. stocks is Bamboo, which has experienced rapid growth over the past two years. Bamboo will go live in Ghana in April 2021. Bamboo already has more than 50,000 users who are waiting to get access.

 

 

 

 

Once registered, investors are able to fund their accounts with as little as $20. Funding can be made through credit cards, bank transfers, and business investors In south Africa payment cards. In the future, users are able to trade ETFs and stocks, and receive regular market updates. Bamboo's platform is bank-level secured so anyone from Africa can use it as long as they have an active Nigerian Bank Verification number. Professional investment advisors can utilize Bamboo's services.

 

 

 

 

Chaka

 

 

 

 

Nigeria is a major hub for legitimate investment and business. Nigeria's entertainment and film industry is among the biggest in Africa. The country's expanding fintech sector has resulted in an increase in the number of startup companies and VC activity. One of the most well-known backers of Chaka, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, said to TechCrunch that the country's progressive trends will eventually open doors to a new category of investors. In addition, to Aboyeji's investment, Chaka has also secured seed-funds from the Microtraction fund which is headed by Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel.

 

 

 

 

The deteriorating US-China relationship has accelerated Beijing's interest in African investments. Increasing anti-China sentiment and the trade war has made it more attractive to investors to invest in African companies that are not part of the US. The African continent is home to large, emerging economies but the majority of markets are small to support venture-sized companies. African entrepreneurs should be prepared to adopt an expansion mindset and create a coherent expansion story.

 

 

 

 

The Central Securities Clearing System oversees the Nigerian Stock Exchange, making it a safe and secure platform to invest in African stocks. Chaka is free to join and gives the benefit of a 0.5% commission on every trade. Cash withdrawals are able to take up 12 hours. On the other hand, withdrawals for sold shares can take up to three days. Both are handled locally.

 

 

 

 

Rise

 

 

 

 

Africa is enjoying positive developments due to the increasing number of investors looking to invest. Its economy is stable, and its governance is sound, which is a major draw for foreign investors. This has led to a rise in the standard of living in Africa. However, Africa is still a dangerous investment destination, so investors must take care and be careful. There are plenty of opportunities to invest in Africa. However, the continent must make improvements to draw foreign capital. In the next few years, African governments should work to create more business investors in south Africa-friendly environments and improve its business environment.

 

 

 

 

The United States is increasingly willing to support African economies through foreign direct investment. In 2013, U.S. governments helped develop a major financing for healthcare facility in Senegal. The U.S. government also supported investment in new technologies in Africa and assisted pharmacies in Nigeria and Kenya supply high-quality medications. This kind of investment can create jobs and foster a long-term partnership between the U.S. and Africa.

 

 

 

 

There are many opportunities on the African stock exchange. However, it is important to know the market and perform your due diligence to avoid losing money. If you're a small investor, it's a great idea to invest in an exchange-traded fund (ETFs) which track the performance of a variety of Sub-Saharan African businesses. For U.S. investors, American depositary receipts (ADRs) are a convenient option to trade African stocks on the U.S. stock market.

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