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2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed For Early-Stage Startups

2020 VC4A Venture Showcase - Seed

The 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed is receiving applications from early-stage startups. This is Africa’s showcase of startups looking to raise a seed round between $150K – $1M.

The initiative is looking for 10 innovative early-stage startups to showcase their business to the world. Are you based in Africa and your tech-enabled solution is already on the market? Is it showing some traction and you have expansion plans in mind? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to raise between $150K and $1M.

VC4A Venture Showcase Seed is the sister program of the annual VC4A Venture Showcase Serie A. Did you know that between 2017-2019, the organisation selected 60 scale-ups from across the continent as part of 4 showcase programs, resulting in a number of Series A deals totaling over $100M?

Start Your Business in 30 Days Even If You Don't Have An Idea
Start Your Business in 30 Days Even If You Don’t Have An Idea

Building on this success, the ‘VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed’ – in collaboration with AWS Activate, AfriLabs, and ABAN – is a central component of its efforts to support investors connecting with early-stage ventures. This is an exclusive opportunity to introduce your company at once to everyone who’s anyone in Africa’s early-stage investment space.

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Benefits Of The 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed

The 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed offers the following;

  • Being recognized as 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase entrepreneur
  • Participation in the VC4A Venture Showcase deal room, including 150+ early-stage investor organizations
  • Professional edited 3-minute virtual pitch
  • 30 min deep-dive session with investors in a private room
  • Mentorship and pitch training by partner early-stage investors
  • AWS Activate offers selected cohort AWS credits worth $10,000, tools, resources, and more to quickly get started on AWS.
  • Joining the alumni network and having exclusive access to fundraising opportunities

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to apply if;

  • Your company is for-profit, registered as an independent legal entity with less than 3 years of customer service operations;
  • Your company has a product or service already available on the market and serving its first customers;
  • Highly scalable business model is visible through a growing number of customers or transactions, your pipeline shows future contracts and potential sales;
  • You have a good estimate of your addressable market and potential social impact reach > 1M+ people/year with potential plans to expand across borders;
  • Your product or service is clearly innovative and/or the business model is new and disruptive;
  • Your founding team has 2+ years of time invested and at least one of the co-founders is based on the African continent with an African nationality;
  • You are seeking Seed/pre-Series A investment in the range of $150K to $1M;
  • While there will be exceptions, your company has received investment above 25K USD from “Founder, Family, Friends & Fans” but not exceeding 1M+ USD;
  • Founder(s) who previously started a successful company is a plus.

Are you trying to raise Series A Round between $500K – $10M? Consider applying to the 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A. Deadline August 14th.

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Selection Criteria

Commercial Value of your Product/Service (25%)

Your company addresses a real problem in the market. Your product or service is different from others in the industry. And, your business model is new and designed for scale.

Strategy for Growth (25%)

The market size is significant and there is potential to expand locally and into new markets. Your startup is scalable and has a clear strategy for growth. You can show demonstrable progress.

Management Team (25%)

Your team has the qualifications needed to make the business successful.

Go from idea to starting your business in 30 days
Go from idea to starting your business in 30 days

Market Traction & Financials (25%)

VC4A will evaluate your market traction, revenue streams, and unit economics. If any outside funding has been raised before, it’s a plus.

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What To Do

Engage with assigned mentors (partner early-stage investors) and VC4A team to prepare your 3-minute and 20-minute presentations, as well as 2-pagers with investor data as part of the deal book.

Be prepared to pitch and engage with early-stage investors in the period of November – December 2020 and be part of the VC4A Venture Showcase.

Timeline For 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed

  • July 24 – Sept 11 – Application period
  • Sept 15 – Oct 13 – Selection process / investor review / interviews
  • Oct 14 – Seed Venture Showcase participants selection.
  • Oct 20 – Nov 6 – Mentorship program with VC investors.
  • Nov 28 – Nov 6 – Technical sessions with VC investors
  • MID Nov – Launch of VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed deal room to 300+ VC investors
  • Nov – Dec – Ongoing showcase to VC4A investor network

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The deadline for application for the 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed is September 11, 2020. So, if you are an innovative early-stage startup ready to showcase your business to the world, apply here. https://vc4a.com/vc4a/2020-vc4a-venture-showcase-seed/

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