Why Attend Angel Investing Master Classes?

Angel Investing may conjure images of people in business suits with wings and halos to match. However, it is far less supernatural and quite within your reach. The term “angel” originated from the Broadway Theater when wealthy individuals gave money to propel theatrical productions. It was solidified as a term when used by a professor at the University of New Hampshire when he pioneered a study on how entrepreneurs raised ...

2 Deals and Counting: Lessons from Group Angel Investing

After 4 years consulting for early stage startups, Viktoria Solutions rebranded to Viktoria Ventures. This was a strategic move; taking into account our experiences, lessons learned and challenges facing early stage tech entrepreneurs in Kenya and across Africa. 2010 - 2014 We started out working with incubators and accelerators acting as their ‘entrepreneurship activation team’. We trained, coached and organised demo days with institutions like mLab, Tangaza College, Ibiz Africa and more. ...

Viktoria Business Angel Network Launch

Thursday 28th September goes down as the day that the ViKtoria Business Angel Network was launched. The ViKtoria Business Angel Network (VBAN) brings together local and international angel investors who want to make investments in a syndicated manner by pooling their expertise and funds together. The focus of the investments is in tech start-ups in East Africa. Stephen Gugu, the Principal at ViKtoria Ventures, the VBAN manager, talked about the ...

Nairobi Innovation Week 2017

The 3rd edition of Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) was held at the University of Nairobi Towers from 6th – 10th March 2017. The Nairobi Innovation Week is an initiative by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives which brings together partners from government, private sector and research centers with an aim of providing a platform for show-casing innovative businesses within Kenya. The event was also geared towards creating concrete partnerships ...

Musings from an Angel Investor: What can we learn from Nigeria?

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I was in Lagos for three days attending the African Angel Investment Summit 2016. This was my third visit to Africa’s most populous country and I must say, with each visit, I get to learn more and see why it’s a force to be reckoned with. Estimates indicate that Nigeria has a population of over 200 million with Lagos, its largest city, having a population of more than 20 million. ...

Seed symposium (28-30th September, 2016)

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You have seen it on TV, you might even have experienced it- standing in front of big league investors and try to sell them a concept or why they should invest in your business. There is definitely pressure there and you as the viewer cringe on behalf of the nervous entrepreneur. At the Seed Symposium held on 28-30th September at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, 2016, Viktoria Ventures was part of quite ...

Angel Investor Masterclass

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‘We are on a journey and we should not beat ourselves too hard because the ecosystem is still going. On the plus side we are now talking more on maters angel investing and having core training.’ Stephen Gugu, Co-founder of Viktoria Ventures

Unreasonable East Africa

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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~ George Bernard Shaw Unreasonable East Africa was started in 2013, aiming to develop the East African economy by supporting the growth of early stage impact entrepreneurs. They mainly work with teams building products and services that both provide access to basic human ...

The world is coming, Africa beware: Part 2

Part Two of an article from our Viktoria Ventures archives by founder, Stephen Gugu.   On to the conference! DEMO Africa showcases 40 African tech based innovative businesses annually. It was inspiring to see how much the Nigerian government has taken tech as a catalyst for growth of its economy seriously. For instance the DEMO conference has now been held in Nigeria for two years; it started off in Kenya but in 2013 after two ...

The world is coming, Africa beware: Part 1

An article from the Viktoria Ventures archives by founder, Stephen Gugu.   I am currently on a flight from Lagos to Nairobi after a week at the great giant of Africa, Nigeria. I arrived in Nigeria on 20th of September, 2015 and it's now seven days later; the past week has given me a number of insights to chew on following my first visit to Nigeria. I was attending Africa’s premier early stage tech ...