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Planting A Seed

The views portrayed in the Planting A Seed Blog are subject to change at any time based upon market or other conditions and are current as of April 22nd, 2020. While all material is deemed to be reliable, accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed.

The last few years in venture capital have been incredibly exciting with more amazing entrepreneurs and growing businesses than ever before. The momentum in our industry is palpable, and the opportunity is bigger than ever.

Our story behind AFZA Capital is simple. We feel ideas do not have boundaries or limitations. With the success the industry has had, venture capital has become increasingly complex and competitive. The interconnected global economy opens up new risks, problems, and challenges that need to be solved. With local experience and a solid understanding of the region, we feel that East Africa is positioned for tremendous growth.


Fundamental evolution of core infrastructure will take place. Economic shifts are changing how we live. It was noted in a previous post that the Industrial Revolution is happening – 3,000 cars are being added to the roads each month! Urbanization is transforming how and where we live and interact.

AFZA Capital wants to support an entrepreneur's growth in a positive manner. We want to solve problems that have a social impact! We plan to invest early with conviction and position our portfolio companies for scalable growth. However, helping companies succeed takes a focused approach.


We target four key sectors; MedTech, FinTech, Agriculture and Education. Our stance is that every business is a technology business or has some overlaying technology exposure. This “technology” reference can be as simple as a website and new marketing techniques through social media. It is important to note that we are not necessarily looking for a new mousetrap.

Why the Focus?

MedTech:

· Mental health and wellness are critical in today’s fast-paced society

· Healthcare is becoming increasingly digitized

FinTech:

· Mobility, experiences and asset-lightness is becoming the focus

· Big Data – working smarter to solve problems

Agriculture:

· AI Everywhere

· A wide swath of technologies like robotics, mobile, imagery, and sensors are emerging at the same time as breakthrough science in genetics and microbes, all hoping to disrupt the status quo, and bring agriculture into a new age.

Education:

· Supporting the future

· Enabling opportunities for all

Our Team’s combined skillsets are here to help and support our portfolio companies. We want to amplify the Go-To Strategy and position long-term sustainable growth.

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