Description: African Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) are critical to the growth of digital innovation startups and the ecosystem in Africa. However, many struggles to become sustainable and lack best practices for developing durable revenue streams and business models.
To address this challenge, AfriConEU, the first Trans-continental Networking Academy for African and European Digital Innovation Hubs in partnership with African Technology Business Network (ATBN) will host a virtual webinar on Phases of Investment.
This webinar is meant to train the trainers’ program to support DIH staff in advising projects and creating programs to support innovation financing. Participants will be able to define the key phases of investment over a project lifecycle, along with typical features of those phases, and create or guide the creation of a financing plan for an innovative project.
This webinar will cover the core phases of traditional investment. This will include pre-seed, seed funding, series A, B and C funding, where those funding streams commonly fall within the lifecycle of an innovative project and how they are commonly used. It will also cover some of the common relationships developed during the investment process, such as grants, debt and equity, and also the processes of incubation and acceleration that often accompany equity and investment relationships. It will finally analyze common types of investors, such as FFF, venture capital, VC funds, corporate VC, angel investors, banks, open innovation, and others. The role, value and risks of international funding and diaspora networks, along with series entrepreneurs and reinvestment, should also be discussed.