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Interview With WayMaker Capital Venture Founder, Sanville Moses

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Sanville Moses is the founder and COO of Waymaker Venture Capital, one of the few firms based in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The company invest in start-ups and businesses already operating as well as tech companies that will be successful tomorrow by purchase equity or finance. They also have an eye on the global markets with a scalable business model to expand. In this interview with  Alaba Ayinuola  of Business Africa Online Sanville talked about why he went into venture capital, approach to investing in startups, what makes some startups special, what startups to watch out for when approaching venture capital. Excerpt.

Alaba: Kindly tell us about Waymaker Venture Capital and the gap it’s filling?

 Sanville: Waymaker Venture Capital is a Capital Raising Machine that connect startups and businesses with quality investors. This range from seed and expansion capital, expansion, IT, Innovation, telecommunication,  manufacturing, mining, LBO, merger and acquisition (M&A) and Capital Growth.

 

Alaba: How did you get into Venture Capital?

Sanville: I use to work for Private Equity firm, where I was the Portfolio Manager. I manage and build the company brand and clientele. I built the business from zero profit to 3.5million profit in 6 months.

 

Alaba: What are your approach to investing in startups?

Sanville: We build Investment Accelerator platform for startup tech companies. They go through 8 week engagement program online. And we support them with finding them suitable investors.

 

Alaba: What makes some startups special? Are there startups you won’t invest in?

Sanville: I think what make most start-up special is the Intellectual Property (IP) of the company. The start-ups we won’t invest in are start-ups without a plan and if the business is not sound.

 

Alaba: Have you ever fallen in love with a startup or idea that you considered leaving venture capital and working on it?

Sanville: No, I never fell in love with start-ups ideas. However I am always excited to know that new innovation that is happening in the industry.

 

Alaba: What are the key things startups should focus on when approaching a venture capital?

Sanville: Understanding the approach and do as much homework on the firms achievements.  Look at the creditability of the firm. Build a relationship with key person at the firm to establish trust. Find the capacity of what they can manage and link your goals with it. Seek advice and be open for correction from venture capital (VC) platform.

 

Alaba: Do you think founders get too pressured from investors?

Sanville: No, investors set deadlines and expect those deadlines to be met. If those deadline are not met they engage with you to understand your challenges. The pressure will only come if you can’t pay back when you agreed to pay back the money or shares as promise.

 

Alaba: Can you share you good and bad experiences in your journey as a VC?

Sanville: The recently bad experience were when a client didn’t want to continue with the process after I secure an investor for 29 million. The good experience were when the same client came back to me and decided to continue with the process. Always be vigilant about your approach and be 100% sure that you have back up plan.

 

Alaba: What are the challenges and how are you overcoming them?

Sanville: My challenge are most clients have there skepticism about our approach and the module we use they have to engage with us. We have to build a lot of creditability with people.

 

Alaba: What inspires you? How do you feel as an African VC?

Sanville: My inspiration come from my will to achieve the next height in my career, seeking the next pinnacle in life to make an impact. To be a VC in the Africa continent is great achieve especially with our module we running. We placing our clients right in front of the investor. I own 100% of VC with no investors or partners in the business.

 

Alaba: What’s your advice for prospecting startups and African government?

Sanville: Intellectual Property ownership is very important. Protect your IP and invest into your product or service to show that you believe in the brand and create working prototype or a 3D model of it.

As to the African Government, building sustainable grant system that is not bias in the process against one person or group. I would love to see that resources of the African continent shared with start-up entrepreneurs. We have all what we need in Africa or even South Africa. We have brilliant concepts, make use of our entrepreneur and let us create more millionaires in Africa and South Africa as a whole. This platform should not just be for the selected few but for all who live in the country.

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His Profile:

Sanville Moses is high networking individual with the ability to facilitate and manage people. He is efficient, effective and focused driven to achieve his goals. Finding the best way to do something smart and faster, bringing clarity, having an open approach and a distance from emotions, identifying what is missing and what needs to be done is his main focus. Mr. Moses has a wealth of knowledge and experience and yet open to learning new things to further his career. Great management skills, Great Connector for Investment, Conflict management, leadership, and Administration. He holds a qualification in Small Business Development, International Trade, Mediation, Business Management from leading Institutions such as GIBS, UCT and USB. He brings a global perspective to organizations and companies.

 

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Access Bank Partners ScaleUp Africa To Boost Women’s Empowerment with the Pan-African Women’s Conference

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On Wednesday, 21st April, Access Bank and ScaleUp Africa will present the Pan-African Women’s Conference under the theme, Choose to Challenge. The virtual conference is part of a strategic partnership to boost the economic contribution and resources available to women in business and professional careers. The program will also mark 6 years of Access Bank’s “W”, the multiple award-winning initiative for women that has seen many beneficiaries inspired and connected.

‘We kick off our partnership with Access Bank with the Pan-African Women’s Conference to celebrate women in business across Africa and to open up new products and services to a broader audience beyond Ghana. We are truly committed to further support Access Bank to drive its W Initiative, Gender, Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy, bringing our core capabilities of digital engagement, holistic programme design and implementation,” shares Amma Gyampo, CEO of ScaleUp Africa and a Strategic Advisor to corporations, foundations and governments.

The Pan-African Women’s Conference will feature leaders in finance, business growth strategy and organizational development opportunities from across the continent including Elsie Addo-Awadzie, 2nd Deputy Governor, BoG, Matilda Asante-Asiedu, Group Head, Retail Banking, Access Bank, Yofi Grant, Chief Executive Officer, GIPC and Franklin Owusu-Karikari, Director, Business Support & Policy, NEI.

Conference Discussion Topics will cover:

  1. Pushing the boundaries and thriving in the entrepreneurship journey.
  2.  Strengthening the capacity of women owned businesses to boost growth
  3.  Maximizing opportunities using the free trade agreement in Ghana and across the continent.
  4.  Business Growth: Surviving Covid-19 and beyond

Other featured speakers include:

Irene Ochem – (Nigeria) – Founder and chief executive officer of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

Fatima Alimohamed – (Ghana) – CEO of African Brand Warrior

Chilufya Mutale – (Zambia)- Founder and CEO of Premier Credit

Justina Mutale – (Zambia) – Founder & President of the Justina Mutale Foundation and its Scholarship 

Thelma Ekiyor (Nigeria) – Managing Partner, SME.NG

Women play a critical role in the entrepreneurship world, providing essential human care and food-related services and as such we must be intentional about mainstreaming impact, gender equality, upskilling and decent work for women as we embark upon development in this post-Covid world. The Pan African Women’s Conference is an ideal opportunity for women aspiring to get to the apex of their careers, grow their businesses and gain nuggets for personal development,” adds Gymapo.

The Pan African Women’s Conference will begin at 11:00am GMT on 21st April, 2021.

To register visit: Pan-African Women’s Conference 

Virtual conference details will be provided upon registration.

 

 

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Cairo-Based Grocery Delivery Startup, Appetito Raises $450k Seed Investment

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Appetito truck and press release (Source: Shehab Mohamed) 

Appetito, a Cairo-based grocery startup, has announced a raise of $450k seed round of financing. The Startup operates through dark stores model, where products are sourced from manufacturers, stored in mini fulfilment centres then delivered to household customers. Established in March 2020, the company started with a wide range of private label products serving all areas of Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria with next day & pre-scheduled deliveries.

Recently, the company expanded its product portfolio to include more than 1000 SKUs from well-known consumer brands and entered the hyper convenience race by offering its customers less than 60-minute delivery in selected areas.

The round was raised by a group of Saudi Angel investors led by Ahmed Al Alola, an early-stage investor who was one of the early backers of Nana and Sary, alongside with Afropreneurs Fund, an African early-stage technology fund that has previously backed top startups such as Andela, Flutterwave and Trella, in addition to the participation of Jedar Capital an emerging VC focusing on early stage start-ups in the Middle East, Africa & Emerging Asia.

Speaking on the raise, Appetito Founder and CEO Shehab Mokhtar says: “We’re proud of what we have achieved in just a few months from our launch. We’re privileged to have such prominent investors backing us. With their support and the team, we’re building, I’m confident we will be in a leading position in the global race of grocery delivery.”.

Ahmed Al Alola commented on the round “Observing the radical change in consumer’s behaviour post-COVID-19, the grocery delivery market is expanding rapidly in the region. I believe Appetito – with its stellar team – is well positioned to lead that segment and capture the market by delivering superior experience compared to what is currently available in most of the African space.

On his part, Idris Bello, Managing Partner, Afropreneurs Fund said ” Our investment into Appetito’s seed round follows on our proven thesis of investing in strong founders with unique local insights and a bias towards execution. We are excited by what Shehab and his team have achieved so far, and we are very bullish on the Egyptian early-stage ecosystem.”

Sherif Nessim, Founder and Managing Director of Jedar Capital said “We are excited to be part of Appetito’s journey in Egypt and MENA region. We have been watching Appetito’s execution and the team’s growth focused approach with very limited resources early on, this was a clear message to us on how resilient and focused they are. Appetito is best suited for growth with the digital transformation happening in Egypt where online commerce growth is skyrocketing and saw a huge leap with covid, more and more customers now are adopting online grocery shopping as their standard now. We believe that Appetito’s model focusing on dark stores rather than aggregating from grocery retail stores will add value and differentiation in the market and play a pivotal role in terms of operational efficiency and gross margin contribution. We look forward to supporting them with their expansion and growth plans in Egypt and beyond.”.

 

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Flux Panda Brings Live Stream Shopping to MENA Region

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Flux Panda Founder, Alexander Rauser

In response to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, Flux Panda was created to encourage businesses in the Middle East and North African region to utilize live streaming platforms to sell their products. The App combines the functionalities of an eCommerce website and live streaming app. Merchants upload the products they want to sell during the live stream, connect Flux Panda to multiple social media platforms with live streaming like Facebook Live or Instagram Live, and their customers can buy the products by clicking the buy button and entering their payment details.

“Our goal is to make the selling and buying process on live streams much easier and enable any business to own the experience. While many small and large businesses are already selling live on social networks, our solution fixes some key problems such as order management, real-time inventory, and customization capabilities. You could say we are similar to a platform like Shopify, but focused on live commerce.” says Alexander Rauser, Founder and CEO of Flux Panda.

The App offers a flexible pricing model to cater to small businesses, eCommerce companies, and even large retail brands. Currently, the Flux Panda partner network covers South East Asia, Central America, Africa and the Middle East with further expansion plans in 2021.

According to research by Coresight, live selling generated $60 billion in global sales in 2019 and expectedly doubled in 2020 to $129 billion. Live selling has been popular in Asia for many years, even before the pandemic hit. The largest western fashion brands like Burberry and Louis Vuitton have already tried live stream eCommerce through China’s biggest marketplaces like Tmall and Little Red Book.

About Flux Panda

Flux Panda is a live selling solution established in 2020. It combines the functionalities of a multi-platform live streaming tool and an eCommerce website so viewers can view the details, add to cart, and pay for the items being demonstrated. It is the only solution where merchants can sign up and go live without any assistance or setup fees. It can be used by merchants with or without their own eCommerce site.

 

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