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Your mentors have real industry experience. While the global mentors bring links to the international market, those based in Africa bring the knowledge and expertise to best succeed within the region.
Meet our global & Local mentors
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.
Don was a partner at Silicon Valley-based Accel Partners, responsible for due diligence and preparation of portfolio companies for further investment, among other things. As an investor, small business owner, mentor, ecosystem catalyst and thought leader, Don has worked in and around entrepreneurship for all of his 25+ year career.
Founder & CEO, Hotels.ng
Site engineer and general manager at the first and largest hotel booking site dedicated to Nigeria.
Principal Investment Officer, Singularity Investments
Overseer of Singularity Investment’s operations in Africa, following its launch in 2014.
Managing Partner, NEST Africa
Co-founder, investor and advisor to businesses spanning industries including transport, hospitality, F&B and consulting.
Partner, 4Di Capital LLP
Fund Manager and director on various group and portfolio companies.
Investor, Knife Capital | KNF Ventures
Scale-up investor, entrepreneur, growth enabler with broad management experience in sales, marketing and growth strategy.
Harry Tomi Davies
Angel Investor & Advocate
Advisor, board director and mentor with over three decades of outstanding experience building large-scale, national and region-wide IT, mobile, EdTech and ICT enabled infrastructure.
General Manager, Ringier Africa
Ringier is the leading diversified digital media company in Africa.
Investment Associate, Goodwell Investments
Works to ensure local solutions speak to local issues and to empower the existing ecosystem.
Co-founder & Managing Director, Silvertree Internet Holdings
Silvertree focuses on Internet assets focused on African consumers.
Entrepreneur in Residence for the Maine Venture Fund
Founder of Duck Trap River of Maine, one of the most successful seafood business in the US. Now working with companies to support their governance, execution and strategic thinking.
Stanford Seed Business Coach and Trainer | West Africa
General Venture Partner in Silicon Valley VC Firm, US Venture Partners, and over 30 years of experience working with startups, mostly in developing countries.
Managing Principal at InVhestia and Founder of Viktoria Ventures
Consultant for startups, SMEs, corporates and projects in Africa, Stephen sits on the board of Demo Africa, and the African Business Angels Network.
Founder at VC4Africa
Specialist in entrepreneurship, concept development fundraising, strategic partnerships and much more.
Dr Ndidi Nnoli-Edozein
Founder & President, Growing Business Foundation
An angel investor who has dedicated much of her life to building up entrepreneurs and startups with a social focus.
President, BackBeat Strategies Group LLC
Holding operating roles at ConEdison, XEnergy and NANA, former Director, US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment with more than 30 years of experience.
Managing Director, DeSilva & Phillips
Investment banker, specializing in M&A services for media, marketing, information and technology companies, frequently working with fast-growing entrepreneurial firms.
David van Dijk
Co-Founder and Director General of ABAN
Managing Director of Stichting IGNITE, a non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurs in conflict affected countries.
President & Founder of the Midan Group | Cairo, Egypt
Founder of a consultancy specializing in strategy formulation and fundraising for startups and NGOs, international higher education partnerships, and science, technology and innovation for development.
Research Manager, IBM
Manager of the financial services research group for IBM Research Africa, and co-founder of Innovate Ventures.
Partner at Impact Amplifier
An experienced investment professional, driving sustainable market based solutions to development challenges.
Founder at Kiangel
Founder and chairman of Kiangel, an angel investment fund investing in early stage startups in Egypt.
Provider of mentoring and funding to African startups and associate to investors that are interested in funding business ventures in Africa and other emerging markets.
CEO, meals.co.uk | Managing Partner at Starta Advisory
Interested in product concept and development; mobile technology, big data, mentoring fund raising, team building and brand development.
Assistant Professor, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
Experienced venture capitalist and international business leader, focused on entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Developer of online courses reaching over 100,000 students.
Experienced programmer and technology entrepreneur in the Web and mobile industries with over 15 years experience at multiple tech startups in the US and Europe.
Managing Partner, LIONS@AFRICA
Entrepreneur, investor and advisor to multiple technology startups.
CEO, Saatchi Creative Spark | South Africa
Interested in promoting and connecting great startup ideas to money.
Managing Director, SiMODiSA Association
Facilitator of mentorship programmes for SMEs in remote and rural areas across South Africa.
Principal at Prosperity Innovations LLC
Working with an engineering firm in Senegal supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with more than 20 years experience in the energy, chemical and material science, and environmental technologies.
Entrepreneur in Residence, Lorain County Community College
Specialist in commercialization of innovation and access to capital programs with experience with the Financial Services Volunteer Corps in Tunisia.
Senior Advisor, Social Ventures, Mercy Corps
Operates at the intersection of technology, venture capital and international development to scale impact.
Experience ranges from launching mobile pilots in Sierra Leone, film direction in Uganda and creating video games in Kenya.
Yann le beux
Co-founder at YUX Dakar
One of the first UX Design labs in Africa supporting startups on the development of digital products for African contexts.
Works with entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, governments, non-profits and investors.
Entrepreneur in Residence, Maine Technology Institute
Specialist in strategy and tactics, market channel development, partnerships, mergers and customer-centric corporate growth management.
Chairman & CEO, JL Properties
Founder and principal of AK Impact Investors, investor in numerous early-stage, social impact ventures across multiple geographies and industries.
Charles sidman, MBA, PHD
Managing Partner, ECS Capital Partners
Professor (Biomedical Research, Business Management and Ethics), investor, mentor, consultant and professional speaker.
Managing Partner, Zephyr Acorn
Provider of equity financing and business support to innovative early-stage companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Associate Director, KPMG
Expert on risk assessment, due diligence and deal making.
Advisory Board, InvestmentOne Venture Capital
Accomplished executive with comprehensive experience building and leading companies from concept to profitability, resulting in multi-million dollar revenue growths.
Prototyping Laboratory Manager, University of Massachusetts Lowell Innovation Hub
Tasked to start with an empty Laboratory, and create a space with which Technology driven startups could create their prototypes and take them to market.
VP Business Development, Dialogos
Tasked to start with an empty Laboratory, and create a space with which Technology driven startups could create their prototypes and take them to market.
Independent Investment Consultant, Founder of Thamani
Frida is a finance professional with broad experience in the private investment and development sectors.
Lead Partner, Angelhub Ventures
Supports entrepreneurs driving a disruptive business model according to lean methodologies with the potential to generate rapid growth and generous returns.
Cofounder, MAX Delivery Ng
Works with on-demand platforms, eCommerce, mobile tech in Africa.
Partner, Africa Tech Ventures
Entrepreneur and investor with solid track record in developing market startup and early stage businesses.
Founder, Pepperfield Ventures
Internationally-minded professional with 15+ years of management experience in technology project management and investment management.
Senior Investment Executive, RMI Holdings
Runs a fintech innovation hub aimed at identifying and investing in early stage financial services companies.
Managing Partner, Africa Tech Ventures & TBL Mirror Fund
Eline Blaauboer has worked in the venture capital and private equity sector in both Europe and Africa for the last 18 years.
Founder, Conversion Media
More than 15 years of digital marketing and mobile advertising experience. Currently a catalyst at the CRIO Mobile Agency.
Investment Director, TLcom Capital Partners
Brings extensive background and experience of business building, strategy crafting, operations, impact creation and people management.
ex-Managing Director, Seedstars World
Passionate about building scalable products and platforms to help entrepreneurs in Africa succeed.
Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars World
In 2016, Claudia screened over 1000 startups and mentored close to 200 entrepreneurs.
Founder, Ayesha Dawood Attorneys
Specialist advice to companies, operations launching headquarters/ hubs in Africa and start- ups on 21st century innovations.
Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, MEST
Largely focused on bringing in global and local strategic partnerships on behalf of the MEST program, as well as their incubated companies.
Managing Director, Dynamo Advisors, Kenya
Develops growth strategies and operational processes for tech platforms uniting the online and offline worlds for the African consumer.
Founder & Chief catalyst, Jokkolabs
An active player of the emergence of the African innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem with the launch of one of the first innovation hub's in Senegal
General Manager, MEST Incubator (Ghana)
Writes code, practices user experiences, doodles on user interfaces and considers scale the most important characteristic of any startup.
Executive Director, EAVCA
Represents the private equity and venture capital industry through a forum to lobby with and engage stakeholders on regional policy matters.
Developer Ecosystem Program Manager, Google
He is passionate about modern apps development practices and how developers can leverage them to build successful tech ventures.
Niger Angels Lead
Currently working to foster the emergence and growth of profitable business through training and mentoring of young people.
Programme Director and CEO, iDEA
Startup coach, adviser and mentor with a strong background in business law.
SANJAY G. Mungur
CEO, Empretec Mauritius
Advises companies and business associations with an emphasis on skills development and empowerment.
Abu Bakr Cassim
Founder, Ground Flr & Jozi Angels
He founded Ground Flr, an online platform that sources capital from developed markets and places it with emerging market startups. He also founded Jozi Angels, an angel investor network in Johannesburg, South Africa
Managing Director, Cofina Dojo
Cofina Dojo is the first full stack innovation ecosystem launched by a financial institution in Francophone West and Central Africa
Director, European Commission Projects, EBAN
Under her supervision, Business Angel Week became the world’s largest initiative on promoting angel and early stage investment, with over 900 events in 60 countries
Mark A. Doumba
Co-founder, CLIKAFRIK Group
Entrepreneur and investment professional with an active involvement in supporting entrepreneurship ecosystems and digital innovation.
CEO & Founder, Ventures Platform
Works to build technology solutions that improve processes in Africa and to enable other entrepreneurs doing the same.
Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Specializes in fund structuring in frontier markets and innovations in development finance, advising investors and development finance institutions.
Manager, Impact Amplifier
Felix is an experienced inclusive innovation specialist in the field of sustainability - and shared value creation strategies for low-income communities.
CEO & Founder, HotelOga
Proven successful fast growth executive and entrepreneur with expertise in online businesses.
Partner, Rise Capital & Founder/CEO, Level 5 Lab
Chika is an experienced investor, having been involved in the Nigerian tech scene for over 15 years.
Managing General Partner, EchoVC Pan-Africa Technology Fund
Venture capitalist focusing on general mobile and consumer internet investments.
Partner and Co-Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Cape Town
Stanford MBA, former Wall St Investment Banker and Angel Investor pioneering corporate venture capital in Africa through innovative accelerator programs
Partner, Horizen Ventures Africa
20 years of direct operational and venture financing experience spanning a diverse range of industries in the US, India, Asia and South Africa.
Head of Product & Engagement, TipHub
Managed projects and product builds for startup companies and small businesses.
Director of Investments, Accion Venture Lab
Early stage investor in innovative African startups leveraging technology to bring financial services to the underserved
Director of Private Investments, Blue Haven Initiative
Manages a portfolio of early stage investments in Sub Saharan Africa, in industries with a potential for both market rate financial returns and high impact outcome.
CEO, SpotOne Global Solutions Group | Co-Founder, Africa Gathering
Helps technology companies to set a foothold in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, named as one of Britain’s 100 most influential Africans.
Social & Digital Innovation Manager, Orange CSR
Design/build/run social, digital and innovation engagement policies for corporations or institutions
Orange Money Director, Orange
Director of Orange Money, which allows individuals or business customers to convert their money for storage in an electronic wallet to carry out secure transfers.
An advocate for startup movements, social and environmental innovations & blogging.
Grégoire de Padirac
Investment Manager, Orange Digital Ventures
In charge of investments in iOT , content & entertainment, cybersecurity, health
Director, Open Tech Hub, Middle-East and Africa, Orange
Intrapreneur, Digital addict, passionnate about innovation and new challenges.
Want to BECOME A MENTOR?
Our mentors have strong knowledge, networks and contacts that are useful to entrepreneurs:
We are looking for Africa-based mentors that have the following profile:
Successful hands-on, professional expertise in key business areas including: marketing/PR, legal, finance/accounting, internet/IT, HR, or any industry expertise relevant to XL Africa (please refer to the FAQs).
Experience in building digital companies in Africa is preferred - or experience in investing in companies in Africa or other emerging markets
Access to influential professional networks including angels and institutional investors and corporate partners in Africa and beyond
Ability to commit 1-2 hours per month as needed.