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 WorldwideVC4Africa and Koltai & Co.

Implementing team

Our team and network have extensive experience working with entrepreneurs in the digital space, building scalable businesses and making connections with partners and investors.

IMC Worldwide

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Natalia Pipia

Team Leader

Natalia provides leadership on donor funded programs focused on startup acceleration and innovation. Natalia managed programs in 50+ countries helping startups to succeed.

Daniel idowu

Deputy Team Leader

An experienced consultant focused on innovation and business growth,most recently focusing on entrepreneurship, innovation and early stage growth for SMEs in emerging markets across Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.


Digital Communications Lead

Digital communications specialist with a focus on community and grassroots media, digital production, podcasting, photography and education.

Koltai & Co

Steven koltai

Mentoring Lead

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 Gooding

Mentoring Lead

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. 


ben white

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.

Alina vinogradova

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 johnson

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.

Rebecca Enonchong

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.

Alexandra fraser

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.