Wadson is a small but fast growing start-up catalyst and Angel Fund that invests in idea to early-stage companies/entrepreneurs with high growth potential within Africa.
Our members bring their own expertise to the table and can actively participate as much as they like in the Fund’s investment decisions. At the moment the fund is private family owned enterprise but will be seeking to open up to other investors later in 2018. Our members have experience in social entrepreneurship, banking and finance, risk management, and strategy development.
The fund is structured as a member-managed group, meaning that the membership through the board/partners makes investment decisions on behalf of the fund. In addition to the capital invested by the fund, members may invest additional capital on a deal by deal basis based upon their individual preferences.
Our investment looks keenly at the individual entrepreneurs- and provides mentorship, business networking and funding to outstanding and innovative businesses, mostly started by young people.
We are actively seeking entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria:
- Located in anywhere in developing countries, but preference is for Africans.
- Dedicated and motivated entrepreneurs, even if they do not have much experience.
- Sound but simple business concept
- Technology or business model advantage
- Addressing a specific niche market or large target market.
- Business in sectors such as agritech, energy, food related, hospitality, financial access, education, healthcare and ICT are highly encouraged.
A good fit for us is a business that has received no or minimal investment from external investors yet. All investments will be in the form of equity or convertible debt. As a growing fund, we are flexible on the amount of funding because for us, we are in for medium to long term.
A New Way of supporting entrepreneurs.
Our elite group of investors contributes time, expertise, capital, and connections to help founders gain access to the right people and resources to grow their business, their way.
365 Access– We meet with companies at any stage, any time. It’s never too early to get the conversation started.
Pre-Funding Assistance– We work with early-stage entrepreneurs to get them ready for funding eligibility—whether from us or other investors.
People First – We look at both expertise and personality of the founders to find the best champion(s) for each business.
Weeks Not Months– Ready-to-go companies participate in a highly efficient “diligence sprint.” Companies can quickly get a yes/no funding decision with supportive feedback along the way.
Ongoing Support– We stay with our companies as they grow, assisting with recruiting, strategy, best practices, and introductions—whatever is needed.
Working the Local way– Local, loyal, collaborative, and open-minded. We’re firm in our roots and believe getting to know each entrepreneur and making the right connections is the key to developing a plan for success.
Wadson Ventures Ltd