VC4A is thrilled to announce the launch of the sixth Mentor-Driven Capital Program Nigeria – 2022 for established business professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors ready to share the knowledge, experience and network gained over their careers and make a tangible difference in Nigeria’s exciting startup ecosystem.
Ben White, CEO and co-founder VC4A believes that “through mentoring, business angels offer more than just money. They create value for startups by sharing the knowledge, experience, and network they’ve gained over the course of a career and actively supporting founders to maximize the return on investment. This is what we like to call ‘mentor-driven capital’.”
This is why the virtual 2022 MDC program is implemented in partnership with The Ventures Park, to target senior business leaders in the private and public sectors, successful entrepreneurs and/or aspiring angel investors, boost their abilities to support promising entrepreneurs, guiding them to achieve their business goals while the mentors also boost their own level of success as a business mentor and leader.
Having supported 200+ mentors since its first edition, Yemi Keri, co-founder of Rising Ride Africa and one of the facilitators this year added “Mentoring is crucial; we shouldn’t provide investments alone to startups. I believe in growing with them and holding their hands.” But how do we ensure that the Nigerian startup ecosystem attracts sufficient mentors, and how do we equip these mentors to maximize their added value for startups, as well as the added value of mentoring for themselves?”
Selected mentors will have access to VC4A’s startup community which is the largest in Africa and would have the opportunity to interact with high growth startups in Africa, creating an avenue for possible future investment conversations.
What we request:
What we kindly request from you is the following:
- You are based in Nigeria or closely affiliated with the country
- Senior business professional with multiple years of experience
- Corporate, financial or entrepreneurial background
- Interested in the startup ecosystem and keen to support startup companies
- Can spend 4 hours a month mentoring a startup entrepreneur
- Potentially already active as an angel investor, and want to improve mentor skills
- Potentially already active as a mentor, and want to become an angel investor
- Willing and able to join the 6 (online) boot camp sessions between April and July (exact dates TBD)
If this resonates with you, apply for an opportunity to make a difference in Nigeria’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. VC4A MDC Program is a 4-month program running from April to July 2022.
Application Deadline: February 24 – March 23, 2022
We look forward to receiving your application via this link: https://vc4a.com/vc4a/mentor-driven-capital-program-nigeria-2022/
VC4A strengthens the global startup community by connecting entrepreneurs creating innovative and scalable businesses with the knowledge, network and funding they require to succeed. To know more about VC4A, visit this link vc4a.com/
A member of the Ventures Platform Hub, Ventures Park is a full innovative entrepreneurship hub, Equipped with high-speed internet, state-of-the-art furniture, artsy finishes with an uninterrupted power supply provides the required co-working infrastructure (physical and virtual) for businesses to thrive. Beyond infrastructure, the Park provides support through capacity-building programs/events and venture support services, including access to mentorship, funding, and markets.To know more about Ventures Park, visit this link theventurespark.com/.