Speeding up future fundraising and financing rounds for African businesses with strong growth and international expansion potential
The Africa Next Community specializes in financing and accelerating businesses across Africa:
- It promotes high-impact African businesses to African, European and international investors,
- It speeds up fundraising by expanding co-investment opportunities and capitalizing on investor experience on other markets.
Africa Next was a joint initiative launched by Digital Africa and the BPIFrance in July 2020.
“Africa Next is a community for investors and innovators that aims to support the development of Africa’s business and technology ecosystem and become a global benchmark,” said Stéphan-Éloïse GRAS, Executive Director of Digital Africa.
A community that brings together investors, accelerators and innovators
All members of the Africa Next community are co-opted. It provides members with a platform for showcasing the best startups in their portfolios to African, European and international investors, who benefit from this exclusive deal flow to identify early investment opportunities.
The community’s founder members are: AfricInvest, Greentec, Knife Capital, Partech Africa, EchoVC, Sawari Ventures, Lateral Capital, Seedstars, Flat6labs, 22OnSloane.
A community and services to promote the success and expansion of African startups
- AFRICA NEXT COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT
The startups presented by community members become part of the Africa Next community on EuroQuity, a networking platform for businesses, investors and development support partners managed by BPIFrance.
Africa Next businesses and members enjoy access to Digital Africa’s management and promotional programs.
- AFRICA NEXT’S E-PITCHES
Special sessions are hosted several times a year so that startups presented by community members can make an e-pitch to international investors and other members. Session criteria are adapted to reflect the needs of the community.
The first 2020 e-pitch sessions were for startups with high-impact potential in several African countries and internationally, looking to raise capital of between 1 and 10 million euros.