Demystifying African Investment: Session 2

Thu Apr 26, 10:00 - Mon Apr 30, 12:00
MEST Incubator, Cape Town


Demystifying African Investment: The investor perspective 
Session 2 of 2 
2017 saw a record $560 million invested into African tech companies, a 53% year on year increase from 2016. Despite this, many African companies still struggle with unfavourable deal terms, inexperienced investors and a lack of resources to help them identify the right investor for their business. 
In this two-part masterclass we will help unpack the investment process, from planning your investment roadmap, through closing the final deal. We will explore which businesses are likely to benefit from risk capital and what you should look for in a prospective investment partner. This event is ideal for companies looking to raise seed, series A or series B. 
The first session will be in conversation with Andrea Böhmert, a Partner at Knife Capital, one of South Africa's leading VCs. With more than 14 years experience investing in South Africa's leading tech companies, Andrea will share her trips for ensuring startups better understand the VC-startup relationship, what to look for and what good looks like. 
The second session will examine the legal perspective. We will bring one of our legal partners to discuss the negotiation process, legal requirements and how to ensure your company is investment ready. 
Joshua Janks, Partner at Bowmans will discuss the legal perspective and cover the following topics
  • Carving the deal in stone – what legal agreements and documents to expect.
  • From first dance to final showdown – the investment process explained from term sheet to signing to closing
  • Demystifying the VC investment instrument – ‘convertible preferred ordinary shares’ unpacked
  • Into the dragon’s den - understanding the mind of the VC/start-up investor


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