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What we learned at the African Angel Investor Summit

How does one go about angel investing in Africa? Well, we went to South Africa for the African Angel Investor Summit and we definitely got more than just a lousy t-shirt. Instead, we made some new friends and came away with learnings. And lots of them. The African Angel Investor Summit The 4th edition of the continent’s largest […]

Silvertree founder takes aim at Silicon Valley model of building African startups

African angel investors and accelerators are doing a disservice to entrepreneurs by mimicking the Silicon Valley model of glorifying the pitching of ideas – rather than helping entrepreneurs to better execute on these ideas, charges Silvertree Internet Holdings MD Paul Cook. “Far too often in our view, angels and even more so startup pitching events glorify […]


Africa’s early stage investor community comes together November 15th and 16th, with a bonus ‘Cape Town Innovation Tour’ November 17th for the 4th annual African Early Stage Investor Summit – #AAIS2017. This exclusive investor-only event, hosted at Workshop17 in Cape Town, South Africa, unites key stakeholders in the ecosystem from across the continent to exchange […]

Angel investing has seen ‘phenomenal growth’ in Africa says SABAN co-founder

Angel investing on the African continent has seen “phenomenal growth” in recent years, SA Business Angels Network (SABAN) co-founder Chris Campbell said today. He was speaking to Ventureburn ahead of the fourth annual African Angel Investor Summit (AAIS2017) set to take place on 15 to 17 November at Workshop 17 in Cape Town. Campbell said while he didn’t […]

Infographic – Why do businesses fail?

For any new entrepreneur, it’s natural to be optimistic. Whether that person has a world-changing idea or is starting a new coffee shop, the glass has to be half full that the business will succeed. Otherwise, what is the point of starting a new company in the first place? Why businesses fail: 82% experience cash […]

Is SA’s education system killing off entrepreneurship

by Mike Herrington “The latest South African Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report found that only 10.1% of South Africans of working age intend starting their own business in the next three years, compared to 41.6% in the other African countries that were surveyed. Even more disconcerting is that this rate of “entrepreneurial intention” has been […]

SA needs more women Angel Investors

Article by Stephen Timm – Ventureburn Why are there so few women angel investors in South Africa? It’s a question that continues to puzzle local venture capitalist Andrea Bohmert. “I would love to have the answer to that question, because I don’t have it,” said Bohmert, a partner in venture capital (VC) fund Knife Capital. Bohmert […]

Women in Angel Investing – Cape Town session

The “Women in Angel Investing” Session in CT was hosted by Innovation Summit, GoBeyond Investing and SABAN on May 18th. Women Investor groups are becoming more economically active in SA. Awareness of Angel Investment class is key. Lively debate on @fnbsa #Portside‘s 28th floor #WomenAngels #AngelInvesting with @innovsummit @gobeyondinvest pic.twitter.com/j23zPzJzor — SABANnetwork (@SABANnetwork) May 18, […]