The African Start-up Matching Fund.

Let’s double or even better, triple your investment.

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Our Numbers So Far

35
Matching Fund applications processed
€1,200,000
Deployed as qualified matching grants
18
AfriLabs Innovation Hubs Supported
197
Angel Investors involved
€1,264,601
Invested by local angel investors in Startups affiliated to Hubs
21
Number of Startups supported

Our Numbers So Far

35

Matching Fund applications processed

197

Angel Investors involved

€1,200,000

Deployed as qualified matching grants

€1,264,601

Invested by local angel investors in Startups affiliated to Hubs

18

AfriLabs Innovation Hubs Supported

21

Number of Startups supported

Catalytic Africa Objectives

Increase the investment made by investors in African Start-ups

Fund African Startups with innovative digital solutions and measurable impact.

Strengthen African angel networks and innovative hubs.

Present reliable ecosystem data, insights, and impact reporting for all stakeholders.

Our Portfolio Companies

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TileGreen

TileGreen is an Egyptian startup that innovates technologies to make concrete-alternative, premium, and carbon-negative building materials from plastic waste through its patent-pending technology that virtually recycles all types of plastic waste into building products.
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FedaPay

FedaPay is a Benin-based startup that helps small and large businesses receive payments to maximize their sales opportunities, allowing businesses in the region to use a single payment method and accept Mobile Money and credit cards. 
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Inputi is a Ugandan-based startup that links smallholder farmers to suppliers of genuine quality farm inputs, revolutionizing the agricultural sector through the digitalization of every touch point of value chains through its dynamic integrated ERP
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Twende is a marketplace offering transport solutions to employees relying on informal or public transport, who don’t have dependable and efficient transport options in Cote D'Ivoire.
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Figorr runs IoT-powered solutions that provide businesses, especially those in healthcare and agriculture, with key data such as location, humidity, and temperature of highly perishable products, helping entrepreneurs cut the losses that emerge from lack of such visibility.
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Koloso is a free-to-access Zambian-based educational mobile app designed to help school students and adults achieve their personal learning goals.
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Matching Ratio

The maximum financing from the matching fund is €60,000 per transaction.

2:1

If the business angel invests an amount less or equal to €10,000, then the matching fund will double the amount of funding the startup receives from the angel investors.

3:1

If the business angel invests more than €10,000, then the matching fund will triple the amount of funding the startup receives from the angel investors.

How Catalytic Africa Works

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Registration

Fill in the registration form. All stakeholders have to register, whether you are a start-up, an innovation hub, an angel network, or an angel investor.

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Submit Matching Application

After investing in a startup supported by an AfriLabs hub, the angel network, which is an ABAN affiliated member, applies for matching funds..

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Application Review

After the application has been submitted, it will be reviewed to make sure it complies with all the eligibility and compliance requirements.

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KYC Review

If your application is approved, the KYC check on the beneficiaries will be carried out. Disbursement will be subjected to KYC check clearance.

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Progress Report

The start-up will report to Catalytic Africa with the support of the hub on its progress on a monthly basis.

Who is Eligible?

Startups

Registered in a hub member of the AfriLabs network

Requirements
  1. Be at least at the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage.
  2. Have secured investment from eligible angel investors
  3. Be a tech or tech-enabled startup

Innovation Hubs

Registered in AfriLabs hubs network.

Local Angel Networks

Registered in ABAN Angel Network.

Angel Investors

Registered in a Local Angel Network of ABAN network.

Development Partners

Catalytic Africa is an initiative by ABAN and AfriLabs, supported by AFD and Digital Africa

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