XL Africa is supported by The World Bank Group's infodev program, with financial assistance from the governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden and managed by implementing partners IMC Worldwide, VC4Africa and Koltai & Co.
Our team and network have extensive experience working with entrepreneurs in the digital space, building scalable businesses and making connections with partners and investors.
Natalia provides leadership on donor funded programs focused on startup acceleration and innovation. Natalia managed programs in 50+ countries helping startups to succeed.
Louise is an experienced program manager who has managed programs in both Africa and Asia. Highly experienced in financial management and implementation, Louise has over 12 years’ experience of managing development programs, having previously managed numerous World Bank projects.
Digital Communications Lead
Digital communications specialist with a focus on community and grassroots media, digital production, podcasting, photography and education.
Development professional with a focus on SME and private sector development. Chloe’s background includes a research focus on military to civilian technology transfers.
Koltai & Co
In his 35 year career, Steven has been an entrepreneur, a senior executive in the entertainment industry, an investment banker and first Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship at the US Department of State. He co-founded the world’s largest commercial satellite system (SES), raised over $50 million for his own startups and is an active global angel investor.
Michael is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. He has created a massive open online course (MOOC) called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 120,000 students from 190 countries and has been translated into 16 languages.
Pamela is highly experienced in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, providing advice as the CEO of Goldberg Consulting LLC. In addition, Pamela served as the Director of the Centre for
Entrepreneurial Leadership at Tufts University launching it's nationally recognized business plan competition. Earlier in her career, Pamela launched 3 start-up ventures, and she is now n advisor and board member to several technology start-ups
Founder and CEO
An angel investor and partner at Sanaga Ventures, Ben is also the cofounder of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs, and sits on the board of ActivSpaces, a Cameroon based incubator. Ben is a cofounder of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and in 2007 he founded Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A), the leading online platform serving the African startup community.
Programs and Partnerships Lead
Alina develops and manages startup support programs run by VC4A leveraging partnerships with key startup ecosystem players across the African continent, with over 10 years of corporate experience in a variety of commercial roles.
XL Africa advisors
Shaun is a technologist, early adopter, and helper of people. His background includes Techstars, Startup Institute, and leading a collective of over 70 additional startup accelerators.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech. She is Board Chair of both the AfriLabs Foundation and ActivSpaces and is co-founder of the African Business Angels Network and Cameroon Angels Network.
Consultant in the innovation, entrepreneurship and early stage fundraising space in Southern Africa with local and international clients. She is a director and advisor for a number of organisations including Silicon Cape and the African Business Angel Network.