About Savannah Fund
Savannah Fund is a seed capital fund specializing in US$25,000-US$500,000 investments in early stage high growth technology (web and mobile) startups in sub-Saharan Africa. Initially focused on East Africa, the fund aims to bridge the early stage/angel and venture capital investment gap that currently exists in Africa. The Fund expects to achieve this objective by combining capital with mentor networks both in the region and from Silicon Valley via an accelerator program and a follow-on independent seed fund.
Savannah Fund Headquarter Location
3rd Floor, Bishop Magua Centre, m:lab Ngong Road
Latest Savannah Fund News
Mar 19, 2021
March 18, 2021 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced an investment in the Savannah Fund, a technology seed fund in Africa, to increase lending to start-ups across sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and disruptive companies in high-growth sectors. IFC led the fund’s first close investing $3 million in the $25 million fundraising. The Women’s Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi, invested $500,000. This is Savannah Fund’s second seed fund. The fund will provide early-stage funding to start-ups in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, with an eye on expansion to Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Uganda in East Africa, as well as Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana in West Africa. The fund will invest in companies that support development at the bottom of the pyramid in sectors including fintech, education, logistics and e-commerce, healthcare, and agtech. “Savannah Fund II will continue its long-term mission to partner with ambitious founders building start-ups that will scale across Africa. We’re especially bullish on start-ups that have the potential to scale beyond the continent and that can expand into Silicon Valley and emerging markets like South East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America,” said Mbwana Alliy, Savannah Fund’s Managing Partner. “Entrepreneurs in Residence, especially female founders, are a key part of our investment strategy. We’re proud to partner with We-Fi to further expand and encourage female founders on the continent.” “Early-stage funding is vital to enable more of Africa’s emerging and growing tech founders to grow their businesses and fuel the transformation of Africa’s Internet economy. By partnering with Savannah Fund, we can help more entrepreneurs to access funding,” said Kevin Njiraini, IFC’s Regional Director for Southern Africa and Nigeria. Africa’s digital economy could be worth $180 billion by 2025, and start-ups are a critical piece of this growth. Venture capital investments in start-ups in Africa in 2020 totalled around $1.4 billion. Author
Savannah Fund Team
1 Team Member
Savannah Fund has 1 team member, including current Founder, Managing Partner, Mbwana Alliy.