The African Angel Academy aims to grow the
number of active angels on the continent,
to catalyse and grow our local start-up and early-stage investing ecosystems.

The African Angel Academy aims to grow the
number of active angels on the continent,
to catalyse and grow our local start-up and early-stage investing ecosystems.

The Academy was established in early 2020, as a pilot project developed by Viridian and Viktoria Ventures, with the endorsement of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and with seed funding from the Southern African Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme.

After running a successful pilot in 2020 with 50 new angel investors from five Southern African countries, the Academy expanded its reach, optimising the online course for individual consumers and partnering with leading development financiers and ecosystem enablers to run bespoke programmes with cohorts of new angels.

OUR PARTNERS

We work with leading, impact-driven organisations that want to grow African entrepreneurship ecosystems.

As the Academy’s seed funder, SAIS partnered with the founding consortium to fund the design, development and refinement of the online course and platform; and the delivery of the pilot programme to train 50 new angels and mentor three new angel groups from March 2020 to May 2021.

SAIS 2 is proud to be a founding funder and partner of this continent-first online training programme for Angel Investors. The Viridian team has established an engaging and comprehensive service that has encouraged change-makers across SADC to become angel investors, form groups and networks to start investing in African entrepreneurs. This will make a significant contribution to the creation of a more vibrant environment for growing businesses in the region. – Ilari Lindy, Lead Expert of SAIS

 

The Academy works with the UK-South Africa, UK-Kenya and UK-Nigeria Tech Hubs to deliver bespoke programmes for new angels. To date, we have together trained and networked three cohorts of 240 emerging angel investors from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and the United Kingdom; while connecting the cohorts to mentorship opportunities and promising startups from the region.

“The African Angel Academy is an integral part of our portfolio of programmes that stimulate and accelerate the Kenyan, South African and Nigerian start-up ecosystems – giving individuals the training and connections to start investing in early-stage start-ups. The AAA’s engaging learning experience creates an active community of new investors, and allows the International Tech Hub Network to create sustainable paths to economic prosperity in our regions of focus.” – Katherine Abbott, Director of UK-South Africa Tech Hub

Orange Corners has partnered with AAA to train and mentor members and prospective members from two emerging angel groups – the Congo Business Angel Network (CBA) and Clube Angolano de Investidores Anjo (CAIA) – from the DRC and Angola respectively. 

“At Orange Corners, we take an ecosystem approach and we assess thoroughly where we can make the most impact. So, we couldn’t be more proud to have found such a competent and experienced team to offer the African Angel Academy in DRC and Angola, together with CAIA and CBA. I believe that with the African Angel Academy, the startup ecosystems of DRC and Angola will be tremendously boosted, offering great support to young entrepreneurs in both countries”. – Richard van Hoolwerff, private sector development advisor at Orange Corners.

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs has partnered with the African Angel Academy, along with ABAN and Briter Bridges, to train and network up to 300 emerging angel investors over the next 3 years; and conduct research into Africa’s growing angel investing activity.

DGGF’s Seed Capital and Business Development (SC&BD) facility supports the African Angel Academy (“AAA”) – the first online angel investor training programme on the continent – delivered by Viridian, the ViKtoria Business Angel Network (VBAN) and its partners the African Business Angel Network (ABAN), to train new and aspiring angel investors, build stronger business angel networks across the continent, to result in more angel investments and a more conducive early-stage finance sector for African entrepreneurs.

Interested in partnering with the African Angel Academy to offer new angel investors this opportunity?