African start-ups are coming up across the continent, but the investments and programming needed to ensure their growth aren’t always there. What needs to happen for the number of investments and programming for African start-ups to increase? What should investors and venture capitalists be doing to increase the strength of the African start-up space and what can entrepreneurs themselves be doing to attract the right kinds of investments?
Given She Leads Africa’s accelerator program and our recent Demo Day, SLA is working hard to address these questions. Along with our partners from VC4Africa, Work in Progress, and others, SLA is working to ensure African entrepreneurs have the tools & resources they need to reach their goals.
Join SLA & Alina Vinogradova of VC4Africa on Nov. 24th, for a discussion on the importance of programming for African start-ups, whether it’s accelerator programs, incubators, pitch competitions or anything else that exposes African start-ups to investors and mentors. In particular, we will focus on why we need more programming focused on African women entrepreneurs and encouraging their growth across the sector.
Follow She Leads Africa on twitter and use the hashtag #SLAChats to ask your questions and participate in the discussion.
Topics that we’ll cover:
- The toughest barriers to African entrepreneurs accessing finance, investors & venture capitalists
- The importance of platforms where female African entrepreneurs have direct access to investors
- Closing the gender difference in access to finance for African entrepreneurs
- What African women should keep in mind when seeking out financing for their start-ups
Twitter chat details
- Date: Thursday Nov. 24, 2016
- Time: 12pm London // 1pm Lagos // 3pm Nairobi
- Location: Follow She Leads Africa on twitter and use the hashtag #SLAChats
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About Alina Vinogradova
Alina develops and manages startup support programs implemented by VC4A as part of larger donor-funded initiatives, such as Work in Progress! Project or World Bank’s Pan-African Accelerator. She builds out VC4A’s network of strategic partnerships with various African startup ecosystem players and is constantly looking for fit between organizations, their objectives, and the goals of the VC4A community.
Alina holds MSc in Business Economics from Baltic State Technical University in St. Petersburg and an MBA from Amsterdam Business School (UvA). Prior to VC4A she spent over 10 years working in various commercial roles in the private sector in both emerging and developed markets, with B2B marketing, sales & business development being her core expertise areas.