Angel Fair Africa wrapped-up this week in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the first francophone country and the last of the KINGS (Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa) to host this signature event.
The event, which has been held in Johannesburg (SA) 2013, Lagos (Nigeria) 2014, Accra (Ghana) 2015 and Nairobi (Kenya) 2016 resulting in about $21 million worth of deals.
Over 100 investors and entrepreneurs from within and outside Africa were brought to the French-speaking city of Abidjan to do deals, network and learn from one another at the 5th Angel fair Africa – www.angelfairafrica.com
Esther Dyson, executive founder of Way to Wellville and investor in Facebook, Linkedin, Delicio.us, Evernote, Flickr, 23andMe, Voxiva, Meetup, Square was the keynote speaker for the event.
Dyson who has also invested in African start-ups such as Rasello, Nomanini, Angaza and is an advisor to DiGAME Investment Company, will share her experience of investing globally, picking and nurturing some of the best startups and learning from the others. “But mostly,” she said” I’m interested to meet African entrepreneurs and their teams and to be as useful as I can. “
According to Francis Yapobi, CEO of Airshop who pitched at the Accra event.
“It is great to finally have the event in Cote d’Ivoire as it will give the rest of Africa and the world an opportunity to experience not only the startup scene but also the Ivorian culture.”
Investors for the event will include members of Angel Africa List, Ivoire Business Angel Network, Women Investment Club, Ghana Angel Investor Network, Lagos Angel Network, New Generation Angels, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and Angel Capital Association.
This year, the entrepreneurs have been selected from Orange Fab, WoeLab, MBC Africa, Founders Institute, TEKXL, Co-Creation Hub, KhulaTech, CTIC Seed Stars World and MEST.
The entrepreneurs pitched during the event and circulated in the afternoons to explore investment, business development and other types of deals.
The event also included investors, entrepreneurs and panel discussions to share light on experiences and trends.