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 ...

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

ViKtoria Ventures Startup Bootcamp April Edition Blog

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Introduction ViKtoria Ventures is committed to empowering budding entrepreneurs by equipping them with knowledge and skills that will help them: Evaluate the performance of their businesses Assess the funding needs of their businesses Prepare pitch decks Prepare to pitch to investors Negotiate with investors Manage post-investment communication We achieve the above objectives by coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs on a need to need basis as well as through startup boot camps held semi-annually. ViKtoria’s end goal is to prepare as ...

Faculty Spotlight: Steve Gugu Discusses Entrepreneurial Finance and Teaching at LBS

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Faculty lecturer Stephen Gugu taught on Entrepreneurial Finance to Lagos Business School MBA students, where he tackled Financial Modelling and some bits of Entrepreneurial Finance from 22nd to 26th of February, 2016.  Stephen, who works as an adjunct faculty member in Entrepreneurial Finance (ENFI) at Strathmore Business School (SBS) explained this opportunity as fulfilling and very interactive. Stephen has been teaching finance and entrepreneurship related courses for the past 9 years. ...

ViKtoria Ventures Angel Investor Networking and Pitching Event

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ViKtoria Ventures aims at finding and supporting scalable early stage businesses looking to fundraise for their businesses by offering mentorship and financial advisory services. Based on our experience, we have singled out local angel investing as one of the key factors to catalyse growth and eventual exits of companies in Kenya. Since 2014 we have hosted angel investor networking and pitching events - dubbed ‘ViKtoria Angel Network (VAN) Events’ - ...

VIKTORIA VENTURES ANGEL NETWORK 2015 UPDATE

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What is Angel Investing? Angel investing is still a nascent concept in Kenya as most people do not understand the role of an Angel Investor to startups. An Angel investor is more than a financier as business angels should offer the cash, mentorship and introductions to their investee companies, usually interacting at least once a month. It is well researched that Angels who have this level of interaction record better returns ...

Viktoria Ventures in partnership with HEVA Capital

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ViKtoria Ventures has been working in partnership with HEVA Capital since March 2014 through provision of advisory services. The first engagement was a research into the creative sector in East Africa to establish what financial interventions would be feasible and have the greatest impact on creative entrepreneurs. This research pointed to an accelerator with entrepreneurs getting funding to actualize their businesses as having the highest impact in the Kenyan ecosystem. ...

Picking Up Israel’s Culture of Innovation

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We came across this article titled “Picking Up Israel’s Culture of Innovation” by Dr. Bitange Ndemo, published in Daily Nation on the startup nation’s incredible innovation spirit.  Dr. Ndemo takes us back to the days of Herod, hypothesising the origins of enterprise. Read the full article below. As Dr. Ndemo recognises, the success of the trip was partially owed to none other than our very own Rachel Adelman. Good job ...