Startup Directory

 

Venture Capital/Startup Accelerator

Angel Hub Ventures
Short Business Description: Founder: Brett Commaille
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AngelHub Ventures is a seed stage Venture Capital fund investing into lean startups with disruptive business models and technologies.

Key characteristics of businesses that interest us:
- Disruptive business models enabled by technology.
- Attack existing profitable industries and markets - so there’s already money being made in an industry, you just have to win a share of it. “We want to be the small mosquito on a massive artery.”
- Scalable and poised for rapid growth.
- Strong leadership team with a realistic and executable business plan.
- Already have Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and better yet, a first customer or two (some traction).
- Realistic valuation that is more focused on the execution requirements than the potential value of the idea: that’s right, ideas are cheap, we want to get it done.
- Follow a lean methodology: So you build minimum viable products and get them into the market to test asap; then you improve and rapidly get the next version launched [Lean Startup].
- Flexible cost structures: the business has more variable than fixed costs, which can change and be adjusted as the business changes. We’re not a fan of capital intensive models.
- Come with a reference: you’ve taken the time to get a recommendation / reference from somebody we know / respect.
- Know your key metrics, both for your past performance and the industry norms.
- Finally, it has the potential to return 10 times the investment within 5 years. Doesn’t mean we’re going to sell, but it needs to grow rapidly.

Business Website Address: http://www.angelhub.co.za
Bryant Stibel (Venture Capital Fund)
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Bryant Stibel was founded in 2013 to provide strategic, financial and operational support to entrepreneurs and their companies, with a focus on the convergence of technology, media and data (TMD), as well as in industries such as sports and wellness, where TMD has the potential to create massive opportunities.

The Bryant Stibel platform is unique in that it combines the creative vision of Kobe Bryant, one of the world’s most well-known and respected sports icons, with Jeff Stibel, a proven market-driven operator and entrepreneur.

The firm has participated in 15 transactions since its inception. The team has collectively participated in over 50 transactions across diverse industries and sectors.

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant has been a General Partner of Bryant Stibel since 2013. Bryant is a five-time National Basketball Association champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and CEO of Kobe Inc. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a NBA Most Valuable Player, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time All-NBA player, an 18-time NBA All-Star and the NBA’s No. 3 all-time scoring leader. Since 2003, Bryant has partnered with Nike, playing a leadership role designing his footwear and leading storytelling related to Kobe Bryant product lines. In 2006, he launched the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation to give young people access to sports, mentorship and economic empowerment. In 2009, he partnered with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation to create the Kobe China Fund, dedicated to the welfare and education of youth in China. Historically Bryant has invested in entrepreneurial companies that share in his vision to build athletic excellence. In 2013, Bryant formed Kobe Inc., a multimedia content creation company focused on helping athletes learn the process of excellence and maximizing potential. Its first project through its Kobe Studios division, Bryant created and executive produced the documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, which debuted in February 2015.

Jeff Stibel
Jeff Stibel has been a General Partner of Bryant Stibel since 2013. Stibel is an entrepreneur and brain scientist and is currently the Vice Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB). He is the New York Times bestselling author of two books, Breakpoint (Macmillan: 2013) and Wired for Thought (Harvard Press: 2009). Stibel was previously President & CEO of The Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation and Web.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWWW). He currently sits on the boards of a number of private and public companies, as well as academic boards for Tufts University and Brown University. Stibel was the recipient of a Brain and Behavior Fellowship while studying for a PhD at Brown University and received an honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University.

Our collective team includes public and private company executives with considerable experience running and growing companies. We believe that while capital plays an important part of any investor’s role, strategic and operational guidance can be even more valuable. As seasoned operators, the Bryant Stibel team is uniquely qualified to help companies looking for strategic guidance.

Business Website Address: http://www.bryantstibel.com/
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Clifftop Colony is an independent principal investment advisory firm focused on private and illiquid assets in emerging Africa. We develop and raise capital for private equity franchises, individual companies and venture projects.

Our goal is to create wealth-generating opportunities for our investment partners, shareholders and employees by seeking out the most promising investment prospects in Africa. We help investors develop and implement their African investment strategies and deliver opportunities and solutions. Our network of local advisors, entrepreneurs, business owners, financial service professionals, fund managers and corporate veterans provide knowledge, expertise and an active on-the ground presence in Southern Africa.

Business Website Address: http://www.clifftopcolony.com/
Business Phone Number: +27 (0)21 701-3999
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Daddy’s Dragons (South Africa)
Short Business Description: Founders: Jody Aufrigtig , Nick Ferguson, BArry Harlen, Paul Dalton
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The Daddy's Dragons brings you a Business School and Incubator.  Business incubation has been around a long time but in recent times these are springing up all over the place, answering to a real need for small business support. These start-up hubs offer expert mentorship, resources like office space, management and skills transfer and even seed money, typically in exchange for an equity partnership in small (or theoretical) companies. It’s far better to have a smaller share in a huge success, than complete ownership in something small and your chances of success are greatly increased when you associate with the Dragons. More importantly, early-stage investors are paying close attention too.

Business Website Address: http://www.daddysdragons.co.za/
Business Phone Number: 021 486 5999
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digitalundivided (DID)
Short Business Description: Founder: Kathryn Finney
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digitalundivided (DID) is a social enterprise that develop programs and forward thinking initiatives that increase the number of urban entrepreneurs, especially women, in the digital space. At digitalundivided, we focus on making sure urban communities are prepared to actively participate in the new economy through our evidence- based digitalundivided (DID) tech model. The DID tech model (START, GROW, FOCUS, INVEST) is a model we developed after numerous interviews and group meetings with urban entrepreneurs around the country, that represents an entrepreneurial path organic to urban communities. Entrepreneurs START with an idea, then GROW that idea into a company, with FOCUS the idea become a business ready for funding and partnerships, the success of the business allows us to then INVEST in other communities or START again with a new idea.

Business Website Address: http://www.digitalundivided.com/
elab (Nigeria)
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The goal of elab is to create a vibrant platform to provide support for entrepreneurs working in sectors that can create massive impact in the communities. Sector focus are Agriculture, Energy, Fintech, Health and Education – the aim is to accelerate social innovations within the space to solve the pressing issues in Nigeria and beyond.

Business Website Address: http://www.elabimpact.com
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Ghana Angel Investor Network
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The Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN) is a network of Angel investors with a passion for investing in early-stage businesses with significant growth prospects and the potential to generate superior returns. GAIN is a body corperate limited by guarantee and established under the laws of Ghana. As a Network, GAIN is not-intended for profit. However, members and beneficiaries seek to derive significant returns on their investments.

Business Website Address: http://gain.com.gh/
Business Phone Number: +233 [0] 303 935 097
Growth Africa (Kenya)
Short Business Description: Founder: JOHNNI KJELSGAARD
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GrowthAfrica was founded on the desire and mission to proactively contribute to the social and economic growth of African economies through strengthening of the competitiveness of local enterprises

Business Website Address: http://www.growthafrica.com/
Business Phone Number: +254 (0) 202501777
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IDEA (Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator)
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iDEA (Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator) provides essential support to entrepreneurs to build software skills, solutions and businesses critical to their success. Entrepreneurs accepted into iDEA Centres receive support in the way of physical work space, shared facilities, training, mentoring and access to capital.

Business Website Address: http://www.idea-nigeria.org/
Business Phone Number: +234-1-2912014
Jokkolabs (Senegal)
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Jokkolabs id A community of entrepreneurs and innovators who share the values ​​of openness and collaboration

Business Website Address: jokkolabs.net