Skip to main content
Invest In The Future

Invest In The Future

By Future Africa
Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa where we learn from interesting people doing important work globally.

Future Africa is a platform for mission-driven innovators and investors turning Africa's biggest challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Season 2 Episode 7 - Corporate Governance in Startups: Now or Later?
When discussing corporate governance in Africa, one crucial concern is whether to get serious about it at the early stages of a startup or later on while the company is in functional mode. It is common to invest more in it at the growth stage since, at the early stage, the founders desire the liberty of innovating and experimenting without any hindrance from traditional rules. Many experts have tried to infer that a balance needs to be struck. Many other experienced professionals believe that the actual role of corporate governance begins when the startup is far ahead from the idea stage and has entered into a more accountable phase. In this episode, Future Africa's CFO, Mayowa Olugbile, unpack these expert perspectives with Ory Okolloh (Partner, Verod-Kepple Africa Venture) and Patrice Raymond Backer (Partner / Chief Investment Officer, AFIG Funds).  Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa where we learn from interesting people doing important work globally. Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast should not be regarded as investment advice.
59:37
September 01, 2022
Season 2 Episode 6 With Biola Alabi - Co-founder & General Partner at Atika Venture Capital
In this episode, Wura Kayode talks to Biola Alabi - Co-founder & General Partner at Atika Venture Capital Biola Alabi is the Co-founder & General Partner at Atika Venture Capital, a women-led venture fund providing early-stage capital in Africa. She is also an award-winning executive producer, and founder of Biola Alabi Media – a pan-African media and technology advisory firm that has worked extensively with local and global companies, governments, and development agencies in the Telcom, Media, and Technology (TMT) space.  As an active angel investor and advisor to African technology and media companies, Biola has been involved in myriad start-ups. True to her reputation as a leader in the community, and fuelled by her passion to support up-and-coming talent, Biola is also the founder of Grooming for Greatness (G4G), a fellowship and mentorship program aimed at cultivating leadership skills in young, aspiring professionals and entrepreneurs. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific founders & investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast should not be regarded as investment advice.
50:44
June 27, 2022
Season 2 Episode 5 With Tijan Watt - Co-founder and Managing Partner at Wuri Ventures
In this episode, our Research Associate, Chukwuyemisi Isichei, talks to Tijan Watt - Co-founder and Managing Partner of Wuri Ventures.  Tijan has enjoyed a 20-year career as both an operating entrepreneur, creating dynamic companies in Senegal and in the US, and an investor, working in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Private Equity at Nigerian firm Travant Capital Partners. Tijan graduated summa cum laude and phi beta kappa from Howard University in Mathematics / Computer Science and holds an MBA from Harvard University. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific founders & investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast should not be regarded as investment advice.
59:30
June 03, 2022
Season 2 Episode 4 With Sebastian Mallaby - Author The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future.
In this episode, our Principal, Peter Kisadha, talks to Sebastian Mallaby, author of The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future. Mallaby is a Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) about his recently published book, The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future, and the important lessons African VCs can learn from it. He is an experienced journalist and public speaker; Mallaby contributes to a variety of publications, including Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times, where he spent two years as a contributing editor. He is the author of five books, most recently The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific founders & investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast should not be regarded as investment advice.
57:26
April 18, 2022
Invest in the Future - Women's Month Special #BreakTheBias
In this episode, we speak to two amazing women in Venture Capital - Sabrine Chahrour, Investment Associate at Partech Africa Fund, and Ife Ojobanikan, Principal Investment Officer at Berrywood Capital - on how they started their careers in Venture Capital, their thesis in accessing great startups to invest in, and how they are eliminating the bias when assessing founders. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific founders & investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast should not be regarded as investment advice.
56:57
March 18, 2022
Season 2 Episode 2 With Saul Klein - Founding Partner at LocalGlobe and Latitude Ventures
In this episode, our General Partner Iyinoluwa Aboyeji talks to Saul Klein. Saul Klein is a serial entrepreneur, operator and investor with over 25 years of experience building and exiting companies in the US, Israel and Europe.  He has a passion for working with seed and early-stage businesses and the positive impact that technology can make on society. Saul is a Founding Partner at LocalGlobe and Latitude Ventures. Previously, Saul was a General Partner at Index Ventures from 2007 until May 2015. In 2012 David Cameron appointed Saul to be the UK's first Technology Business Ambassador to Israel and in 2016 he was awarded an OBE for services to Business. For almost five years, Saul has been a trustee of Comic Relief. He currently serves on the UK Government’s Digital Economy Council and is a member of The Council for Science and Technology which advises the Prime Minister on science and technology policy issues across government. Saul is also a member of Camden's Economic Renewal Commission. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific founders & investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast should not be regarded as investment advice.
59:41
February 18, 2022
Season 2 Episode 1 With Michael Eisenberg - General Partner at Aleph
In this episode, our General Partner Iyinoluwa Aboyeji talks to Michael Eisenberg, General Partner at Aleph, and our Venture Partner, Caleb Zipperstein about what the African tech ecosystem can learn from the Start-Up Nation (Israel Tech Ecosystem) Aleph is an early-stage venture capital fund with $850M under management. Aleph partners with great Israeli entrepreneurs to build large, meaningful companies and impactful global brands. Since its founding in 2013, Aleph has invested in over 50 companies (not all announced), including Lemonade (NYSE: LMND), Frank (acquired JPM), Melio, Healthy.io, JoyTunes, Fabric, Honeybook and Bringg. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific founders & investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast should not be regarded as investment advice.
59:06
January 12, 2022
Episode 9 With Idris Ayodeji Bello - Founding Partner LoftyInc
In this episode of Invest in the Future, our co-founder and Growth Partner, Olabinjo Adeniran talks to Idris Ayodeji Bello - Founding Partner, LoftyInc Capital Management and Founder, Wennovation Hub. Loftyinc is an early investor in 2 of Africa's 5 unicorns - Andela & Flutterwave and backs startups across Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region. We talk to Idris about starting out his career in the Oil and Gas industry and pioneering technology entrepreneurship in Nigeria. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific founders & investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast is not to be regarded as investment advice.
47:18
November 16, 2021
Episode 8 With Ruby Nimkar - Principal at Greenhouse Capital
In this episode of Invest in the Future, our principal Adenike Sheriff talks to Surabhi(Ruby) Nimkar - Principal at Greenhouse Capital, a Nigeria-based early-stage investor focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA regions. Ruby is primarily focused on Fintech and Enterprise Software and is actively involved in GHC’s investment decisioning, having backed market champions such as Flutterwave, Helium Health, Migo, NowMoney, Indicina and several others. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific angel investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies.  Future Africa is an early-stage fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast is not to be regarded as investment advice.
01:09:57
August 31, 2021
Episode 7 With Maya Horgan-Famodu - Founder & MD Ingressive Capital
In this episode of Invest In The Future, our co-founder Olabinjo Adeniran talks to Maya Horgan-Famodu the Founder & MD of Ingressive Capital - a $10 Million Fund 1 and $50 Million Fund 2 for early-stage African startups.  Maya shares her story of trying to raise a fund in 2014 and being unable to do so but going ahead to set up Ingressive Advisory to help venture funds find and back African startups. Some money from the advisory business was used to invest in companies like Paystack and Tizeti. By 2016, Ingressive Capital was born and began to invest in more startups. Maya shares Ingressive's philosophy for the African tech startup scene as well as what they consider red flags when founders pitch them. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific angel investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies.  Future Africa connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast is not to be regarded as investment advice.
01:04:48
August 05, 2021
Episode 6 With Michael Seibel, Partner at Y Combinator, Co-founder Justin.tv/Twitch & SocialCam
In this episode of Invest In The Future, our founder Iyin Aboyeji chats with Michael Seibel - Group Partner at Y Combinator - the world's largest technology accelerator, Managing Director of YC Early Stage and co-founder of Justin.tv/Twitch and SocialCam. Michael shares his philosophy for investing in startups as an angel as well as YC's philosophy - enabling founders to build companies they would like to build. He also talks about investing in emerging markets like Africa and why founders in emerging markets have a lot to learn from each other than from the US. There's a lot to unpack in this episode about opportunities to build startups and ideas founders should chase.  Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific angel investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast is not to be regarded as investment advice.
58:36
July 02, 2021
Episode 5 With Nadayar Enegesi - Co-founder Andela & Founder Eden Life
In this episode of Invest In The Future, we chat with Nadayar Enegesi - co-founder of software developer training and recruitment company Andela. Nadayar is now founder of Eden Life - a startup that provides concierge services for homes in Nigeria. Nadayar talks about discovering math after high school, studying Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, joining his friends to build Andela and now solving design problems with chores at Eden Life. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific angel investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast is not to be regarded as investment advice.
47:29
June 02, 2021
Episode 4 With Yele Bademosi - Founder Bundle Africa & Founding Partner, Microtraction
In this episode, we speak with Yele Bademosi - founder of social cryptocurrency app Bundle Africa & founding partner of early-stage Africa-focused VC firm, Microtraction. Yele discusses his journey from medicine to technology - learning design, code, marketing and eventually venture capital. We also discuss the opportunity for crypto to transform Africa and how Yele measures startups to invest in at Microtraction. Speaking with Yele is Olabinjo Adeniran, Co-founder and Growth Partner at Futrue Africa. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific angel investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa connects investors to mission-driven startups looking to turn Africa's most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast is not to be regarded as investment advice.
56:47
May 05, 2021
Episode 3 - Women's Month Special
For women’s month, we hosted Sacha Haider(Principal at Global Ventures), Harriet Adinkrah (Investment Analyst at 4DX Ventures), Nina Chen (Venture Investing at the Raba Partnership) and Chidinma I. Iwueke (Partner at Microtraction). Moderating the session is Damilola Aderinto(Operating Partner at Future Africa). The panel of women VCs and Angel investors to discuss how women can start a career in venture capital. Panellists also discussed what they look for when deciding to fund startups, how women should think about scaling their businesses with technology and how women can pitch VCs better.  Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific angel investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is a platform for mission-driven innovators and investors turning Africa's biggest challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa The content of this podcast should not to be regarded as investment advice.
01:17:53
April 07, 2021
Episode 2 With Odun Eweniyi of Piggyvest & FirstCheck Africa
In this episode, we host Odunayo Eweniyi. Odun is the co-founder and COO of Piggyvest - the largest savings and investments app in Nigeria. She's also the founder of FirstCheck Africa - an early-stage venture fund signing up to $25,000 for women founders in Africa. Odun is interviewed by Adenike Sheriff the co-founder and Principal of Future Africa. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific angel investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa
53:21
March 04, 2021
Episode 1 With Sahil Lavingia
In the first episode, we host Sahil Lavingia. Sahil is the founder and CEO of Gumroad. He also runs a successful $7 million a year early-stage fund. The fund typically writes $100,000 to $250,000 cheques and has invested in HelloSign, Movable Ink, Lambda School, Figma, Clubhouse, and Haus. Sahil is interviewed by Iyin 'E' Aboyeji, the founder of Future Africa and co-founder Andela and Flutterwave. Invest In The Future is a live fireside chat series by Future Africa to learn from prolific angel investors who have invested in and built some of the world's most impactful technology companies. Future Africa is a platform for mission-driven innovators and investors turning Africa's biggest challenges into global business opportunities. Learn more about Future Africa at www.future.africa
01:34:46
October 02, 2020