VC4A & ABAN bring together the African early stage investor community at # AESIS2021

Welcome investors to join the 8th edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit # AESIS2021 online and offline from November 3-5, 2021

The African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and VC4A are pleased to announce the 8th edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (# AESIS2021) which will take place online and offline from November 3-5, 2021. The event annual ‘for investors, by this year, investors will shine a light on the new ideas and trends that are invading the startup space in Africa, share best practices, pave the way for powerful new transaction flows, celebrate successes and foster a culture of early investment on the African continent.

Africa is moving forward and upward as the continent’s startups break astronomically records this year. By mid-July, the ecosystem had already raised as much as it had over the whole of 2019 through transactions of more than $ 1 million, so that even before the big raise of OPay funds of $ 400 million, the total amount raised by startups in Africa so far this year has exceeded the total amount raised in 2020 overall ($ 1.6 billion), reaching a new milestone of $ 2 billion in 2021. Early investment in Africa is more than ever ready to take off in 2021!

Coming to # AESIS2021

The summit brings together the most notable speakers and guests from leading angel investor networks, venture capital (VC) funds, impact investors, accelerators, venture capital divisions, industry associations and the public sector during a two-day event with Day 1 focused on angel investors and Day 2 on VCs. Summit delegates will explore developments in Africa’s early stage investment space and set the agenda for years to come.

The 2021 company showcase

This year, 16 leading companies representing the best investment opportunities on the continent joined the portfolio of the Showcase of the company VC4A 2021. The founders will present their companies from Seed and Series A tracks on summit days 1 and 2 respectively, with fundraising ranging from $ 400,000 to $ 20 million. Subsequently, interested investors can secure their seats at the table via the dedicated # AESIS2021 DealRooms held in the week following the summit.


# AESIS2021 speakers feature industry giants such as Rebecca Enonchong, Eghosa Omoigui, David S Rose, Wale Ayeni, Lauren Cochran, Justin Norman, Zachariah George, Kola Aina, Idris Ayodeji Bello, Hannah Subayi Kamuanga, Yemi Keri, Dina el-Shenoufy and Aly El-Shakany with more to come.

Alberto Anton of Plug and Play Ventures added in anticipation of this year’s event: “The summit provides good information on trends in different industries like fintech, healthcare and business in Africa, and presents the best opportunities for business. ‘investment “.

You don’t want to miss another great chance to be a part of this story.

Investor meetings

# AESIS2021 will be complemented by informal, invitation-only local physical networking meetings hosted by members of the investment community in 10 cities around the world on the evening of November 3. Confirmed cities include Abuja, Accra, Alexandria, Cairo, Cape Town, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos Nairobi and Washington DC. Spaces are limited so be sure to register in time or contact the team (mail: [email protected]) and become a local host or discover a local meetup near you. To be able to register, you must first be part of the investor community:

Special thanks to our partners
ABAN and VC4A are delighted to announce our long-time partner, Naspers, who will be hosting the networking fair at # AESIS2021 this year and with whom we will once again successfully host the startup community summit.

Registrations are now online

Register now on and be sure to block your agenda to attend the physical meeting on November 3 and the virtual summit on November 4 and 5.

A successful registration will give you exclusive access to our community of investors representing over 90% of the capital invested in startups on the African continent. As well as access to a highly organized flow of transactions with the most investable companies of emerging markers and the ability to relive # AESIS2020 and watch all recordings here.

To ensure that the investor community is able to connect and continue important discussions during these times, VC4A and ABAN are offering investors the opportunity to join for free. Don’t hesitate to invite your networks, but keep in mind that the Summit is for investors only. For media inquiries, and partnership and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the organizers by email: [email protected].

Media contact:

Boye Abiodun-Adepoju

[email protected]


About ABAN:

ABAN is the organization of the Pan-African Angel Investor Network. Created in 2015 by a group of 6 pioneer angel investor networks in Africa, ABAN represents an emerging sector playing a critical role in the future of early stage African ecosystems, providing valuable human and financial capital to African startups through a growing number of angel investor groups, unions and networks across the continent. Visit for more information.

About VC4A:

VC4A is an ecosystem builder that leverages its infrastructure, network and expertise for programs that contribute to the startup movement in Africa. Since 2008, the organization has designed, structured and implemented successful entrepreneurship programs on the continent. VC4A operates an online platform showcasing the world’s largest database of African startups and connecting local entrepreneurs to learning resources, mentors, investors and partner programs. Visit for more information.

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