$4.3M Injected: Launch Africa Ventures Funds 16 African Startups in Second Fund

$4.3M Injected: Launch Africa Ventures Funds 16 African Startups in Second Fund

By Staff Writer, 29 June 2024

Early-stage venture capital firm Launch Africa Ventures has announced a total investment of $4.3 million in 16 startups across the African continent through its second fund. This follows 133 investments made via its inaugural fund.

Founded in July 2020 by Zachariah George and Janade du Plessis, with Margaret O’Connor as chairperson, Launch Africa Ventures successfully closed its first fund, Launch Africa Ventures Fund 1, in March 2022 with a total of $36.3 million. This fund attracted investments from 238 retail and institutional investors across 40 countries.

With the launch of Fund II, Launch Africa Ventures aims to continue fostering growth and scalability among Africa’s top technology-driven ventures, aspiring to make them market leaders in their respective sectors. The firm remains one of the most active pan-African investors since 2020, emphasizing its commitment to the African VC and startup ecosystem.

The second fund's investments are aligned with Launch Africa's focus on founder diversity, sector strength, market opportunities, and geographic reach. The $4.3 million has been deployed across 11 African countries to support startups that exemplify these qualities.

Source: Tom Jackson / Disrupt Africa

Related Report

Investing in Egypt’s Startup Ecosystem

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises contribute over 40% to Egypt’s economy, and account for over 75% of the country’s total employment. Entrepreneurship is critical to Egypt’s future. Today, Egypt consistently ranks as a top 3 tech startup ecosystem in both the MENA and Africa regions, based on funds raised by local startups. In this special report, we speak to the most active investors in Egypt and cover some of the country’s most successful startups to give you an inside scoop on how they are navigating the current VC winter, inflationary pressures and currency devaluation woes.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest news, special reports, videos, infobytes, and features on the region's most notable entrepreneurial ecosystems