This Week in African Tech ๐ŸŒ

Plus, Tech Safari's Syndicate ๐Ÿš€

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Good morning! Currently on a train from Wilmington Delaware to Washington DC ๐Ÿš†

On Thursday, we had an incredible call with Iyin Aboyeji - the man behind two of Africaโ€™s seven unicorns, and now Managing Partner at Future Africa. We talked about:

  • Iyin's upbringing, and what he learned from his dad grinding to get him a good education.

  • Who inspires Iyin. Surprise - they're not in tech.

  • The day Iyin knew he was all in on tech. It involves him not being let into his co-working space.

  • Iyin's biggest 'failures' and what he learned from them - including his run at Presidency

  • How Africa can multiply its best tech talent to build generational companies - like Andela and Flutterwave

Iโ€™ll be sharing the recording soon. (Train WiFi bandwidth doesn't let me upload it to Youtube).

It's the first session of many! Weโ€™ve got more great innovators and investors sessions on the cards in the coming months. The Safari Club decides who we talk to - and come along to the sessions.

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Tech Safari Syndicate

At Tech Safari we talk about how startups using tech will change Africa for the better.

We profile the incredible founders who are behind those companies. Founders like:

All founders I want to back - not just through telling their story, but by investing in them too.

So we are starting: The Tech Safari Syndicate. The idea is to write about startups in Africa and follow that up by writing check into them too.

Believe it or not, I was an investor before I became a โ€˜writer.โ€™

After I raised a fund in 2021 (the good days), writing became my tool to learn about the ecosystem and become a better investor.

Now, Iโ€™ve invested in 18 startups across Africa. And from my time in the US, it turns out a lot of you want to invest in Africa too.

The Tech Safari Syndicate will join me investing in startups in the worldโ€™s most exciting continent for tech.

If you want to come along for the ride, fill out the form below. Iโ€™ll loop back next week with more info (and hopefully the first deal memo ๐Ÿ‘€).

Deal Roundup

Events + Opportunities

  • Calling all founders, investors and tech folk in Washington DC! Iโ€™m having a Tech Safari mixer with Fleri and Waya on Tuesday 23rd May near Dupont Circle. RSVP here.

  • The following week Iโ€™ll be hosting an event with in New York with AfricaTech on (Wednesday May 31st). RSVP here

  • Are you an Africa-focused founder or investor in New York? Send me an email back I have a cool opportunity for you ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ

  • Weโ€™re starting a Tech Safari Syndicate! To invest in African Startups alongside us fill out this quick survey.

Content I loved this week

  • Preamble dropped its first video on Youtube this week and it was incredible. Imagine Vox Media meets African Tech. It visualises how startups in Africa raised $5.8 billion last year, the biggest deals and the most active funds on the continent. And beautifully.

And that's a wrap for this week! We will be back with a feature story this week.

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๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ Caleb