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VC4A Calling On African Startups To Apply For 2020 ‘Venture Showcase Series A’ program


VC4A is calling on African startups looking to raise between $500K and $10M to apply for the 2020 ‘Venture Showcase Series A’ program.

In proud collaboration with AWS Activate, VC4A will be hosting the exclusive ‘Venture Showcase – Series A’  in October as part of a virtual gathering of Africa-focused early-stage investors.

The 10 selected scale-ups of the 2020 edition will get to participate in the VC4A Venture Showcase deal room, including 150+ VC investment firms, professional edited 3-minute virtual pitch videos and 30-minute deep-dive sessions with investors in a private room

They will also get mentorship and pitch training by partner VC investors, Amazon Web Services credits from AWS Activate worth ranging from $10,000 to $25,000, as well as tools, resources, and more to get started quickly on AWS. The startups will also join the Showcase alumni network and gain exclusive access to fundraising opportunities.

Since 2017, VC4A has showcased growthstage startups as part of the annual Africa Early Stage Investor Summit, resulting in a number of Series A deals totaling over $100M. Building on this success, the ‘VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A’ positions deal ready companies as a central component VC4A offers to its Africa focused network of over 150 early stage investment firms built up over the years.

This is an exclusive opportunity for selected entrepreneurs to introduce their companies at once to everyone who’s anyone in Africa’s early-stage investment space.

“The Venture Showcase – now in its 4th year – has established itself as the premier platform for presenting the best companies ready for Series A from across the continent. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need to come together virtually as an industry and to collaborate on deals is more necessary than ever. Especially now, the world needs to recognize the quality of innovation and entrepreneurship taking up across the continent and the unique opportunity to be part of major success stories.” Ben White, founder and director from VC4A says.

This year cloud platform Amazon Web Services, through its AWS Activate program, joins the Venture Showcase as a technical partner.

“We’re very pleased to see AWS join in the shared mission to grow and help scale Africa’s best startups. AWS brings unparalleled expertise and global infrastructure into the mix, and where the Showcase companies receive direct access,” says Ben White.

Selected companies of the 2020 edition will digitally convene and engage the leading VC funds, impact investors, accelerators, corporate venture divisions, industry associations, and public sector agencies.

Interested startups can submit their application here before 14 August 2020.

The Series A program will be followed by a ‘VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed’ track dedicated to startups raising their seed round ranging from 150K-750K USD.

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