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2020 VC4A Venture Showcase Series A Calling For Disruptive Scale-ups Looking To Raise Between $500K and $10M

Venture Showcase Series

The 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase Series A is looking for innovative, high-growth scale-ups to showcase their solutions to the world. This opportunity is for you if you are operating in Africa, generating revenue, and looking to raise your Series A round in the range of $500K and $10M.

In 2017-2019, VC4A 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. Building on this success, the ‘VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A’ – in collaboration with AWS Activate – is now a central component of its efforts to support investors connecting with high-quality deal flow. This is an exclusive opportunity to introduce companies at once to everyone who’s anyone in Africa’s early-stage investment space.

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What The Program Offers

By participating in the venture showcase you will enjoy the following offering;

  • 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 VC investors.
  • AWS Activate offers selected cohort AWS credits ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 tools, resources, and more to quickly get started on AWS.
  • Joining the alumni network and having exclusive access to fundraising opportunities.

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Eligibility Criteria

You will be eligible for this opportunity, if;

  • Your company is for-profit and registered as an independent legal entity;
  • You have a product or service available on the market and generate revenue;
  • Your product or service is clearly innovative and/or your business model is new, disruptive and designed for scale;
  • You have a very strong management team of at least 3 people;
  • Your team is based in one or more countries on the African continent;
  • At least one of the founders has an African nationality;
  • You are seeking Series A investment in the range of $500K – $10M;
  • While there will be exceptions, most likely, your startup has already received external investment, structured as either debt or equity, or received grants from donor organizations.

Are you raising a Seed Round between $150K – $750K? Consider applying to the 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Seed track. Applications opened in July.

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Selection Criteria For 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase Series A

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.

Market Traction & Financials (25%): We will evaluate your market traction, revenue streams, and unit economics. If any outside funding has been raised before, it’s a plus.

What To Do

If you are selected for the Showcase, you are expected to:

  • Engage with assigned mentors (partner VC 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 VC investors in the period of October – November 2020 and be part of the VC4A Venture Showcase.
Go from idea to starting your business in 30 days
Go from idea to starting your business in 30 days

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Timeline – 2020 VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A

  • Jun 16 – Aug 14 Application period
  • Aug 14 – Sep 14 Selection process/investor review/interviews
  • Sep 15 Showcase participants selection
  • Sept 15 – Oct 11 Mentorship program with VC investors
  • Oct 1 – Oct 11 Technical sessions with VC investors
  • Mid Oct Launch of VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A deal room to 300+ VC investors
  • Oct – Nov Ongoing showcase to VC4A investor network.

The deadline for the VC4A Venture Showcase – Series A is 14 August 2020. So, if you meet with the above criteria and are ready to showcase your solutions to the world, this is for you. Apply using this link. https://vc4a.com/vc4a/2020-vc4a-venture-showcase-series-a/

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