According to Disrupt Africa’s Tech Startups Funding report, the total funding raised by African founders in the first half of 2023 is down more than 50% compared to the same period in 2022.
While the funding outlook looks grim in the short term, founders looking to raise should focus on building a strong network in the VC ecosystem, seeking out insights and advice from those managing investment funds, and finally, upskilling their venture skillsets and teams to help them successfully navigate the VC investment process.
To assist founders and aspiring VCs in achieving precisely this, CatalyzU has launched three new experiential fellowships in the Venture Capital and Startup sphere – namely:
- Venture Capital Fundamentals – for aspiring VCs as well as pre-seed & seed-stage founders
- Venture Capital Advanced – for aspiring VCs, as well as founders looking for an in-depth venture understanding
- Business Development for Startups for founders and aspiring startup operators
Upon graduation from the Fellowship, candidates will gain automatic access to Africa’s largest venture capital community – Young African Catalysts, which comprises Alumni from CatalyzU’s Fellowships, lecturers, and the leading venture leaders from over 1000 startups and VC funds across Africa. This includes venture capitalists from Associate through to Partner level.
Talking about his experience in the Inaugural Venture Capital Fellowship, Adedamola Oloko, Innovation Partnerships and Investment at AXA Mansard, said:
“The Fellowship opened my eyes and mind to the new world of possibilities powered by venture capital – I was able to glean from top-level industry professionals on the state of VC and what my role can be in shaping the future of the space.”
Apply Today at: https://catalyzu.io/courses/
Applications for all three programs close on the October 29, 2023.