We transform entrepreneurial startups in sub-Saharan Africa from what they are today into what they could become tomorrow: Sustainable and Prosperous through Imagination and Innovation

About Us

Our Mission

Our mission at SIMBA Global Startups is to build and grow a robust pan-African Angel Investing and Mentorship firm that invests in and mentors bankable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) founded by indigenous entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa. SIMBA Global Startups mission is to transform and empower human lives through the creation of scalable, sustainable, and inclusive employment opportunities in the sub-Saharan Africa SME ecosystems

Our Vision

To develop the indigenous entrepreneurial engine which will create a robust economically sustainable and prosperous sub-Saharan Africa, and affirm hope for the people who were hopeless

Our Core Values

  • IntegrityIntegrity We are committed to fair and honest interactions and engagement between investors, entrepreneurs, and SIMBA leadership
  • CredibilityCredibility We build from a place of trended expertise and commit to nurturing strong foundations across all investment sectors
  • TransparencyTransparency We recognize that leadership and growth require open, truthful, and timely communication between all involved parties

Our Target Market

Few venture capital (VC) firms invest in sub-Saharan Africa’s indigenous entrepreneurial SMEs. Yes, those forgotten visionary young men and women who are passionately building the sub-Saharan Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystems from the ground up. Furthermore, few of these VC firms specialize in our carefully selected technology-driven high-growth sectors such as Education, Healthcare, Renewable Resources (e.g., energy, water, & foodstuffs), Agribusiness, and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies, all of which today are integral parts of the transformative engine of the 21st century’s vibrant emerging markets. The SIMBA Capital Fund is therefore focused exclusively on sub-Saharan Africa and the historic opportunity to be a part of building a post COVID-19 vibrant indigenous entrepreneurial ecosystem.

When angel investors and entrepreneurs partner with us, they are joining a network of business experts and organizations committed to the region’s development. Some of the organizations we support include the African Union, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and local data mining and research centers. Our insights into the region include the key economic indicators, technological trends, and unique context of sub-Saharan Africa. We translate this expertise into investment guidance. Through our angel investors, we invest in bankable indigenous entrepreneurs not only financially but through mentorship and networking as well.

Who We Are...

Strategically

Investing &

Mentoring

Businesses in

Africa

We are SIMBA!

SIMBA Global Startups is an angel investing firm developing partnerships with exceptional indigenous entrepreneurs who are creating society-impactful solutions to problems across all of sub-Saharan Africa. Our ideal founding partners develop post COVID-19 disruptive and innovative solutions in transformative, technology-driven and high-growth sectors such as Education, Healthcare, Renewable Resources (e.g., energy, water, & foodstuffs), Agribusiness, and Information & Communication Technologies (ICT). We carefully select our investment portfolio companies with the belief that Africa is poised for the economic revolution of the 21st century in these sectors. Through our in-house expertise, proprietary resources and international business partnerships, we seek to empower promising indigenous entrepreneurs while providing attractive investment opportunities for our angel investors. Our investment thesis is built on three distinctive core values: Integrity, Credibility, and Transparency.

Why Sub-Saharan Africa

Urban Annual Growth Rate

4.1%

Cities ≥ 1 million people

55

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

46


Who Is Investing

  • United States, the European Union, China, and Russia
  • The clear conclusion they have come to is that securing a place in Africa’s expansion is an opportunity they cannot miss.

Next Big Thing

  • Our networks and partnerships lend us strategic insight into key investment areas in sub-Saharan Africa
  • We leverage those opportunities that are scalable across the larger continent and globally.

Entrepreneurs

  • Exceptional and ethical indigenous entrepreneurs
  • Early to mid-stage SMEs in transformative high-growth industries
  • SMEs in the following socially impactful investment sectors
Investment Sectors Primary Investment Sectors
food

Healthcare

We believe that healthcare is a basic human right. We know that there is tremendous human and economic cost from poor access to healthcare, hampering the livelihoods and potential of millions, often from childhood.

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chemical

Education

By including education as one of our strategic investment areas, we are confident in the market viability of recognized needs that have strong support across the private sector, government, and NGOs.

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Investment Criteria
Build Value for Portfolio Company

Company Attributes

Early Stage – Series Rounds

  • Pre-Seed
  • Seed
  • Series A
  • Series B

Enterprise Values: SMEs

  • Revenue: US$ 45,000 - 750,000
  • Revenue CAGR: 50%
  • Human Resources CAGR: 25%

Geography

  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

Ownership Structure

  • Minority Equity
  • Debt Notes

Equity Investments

  • Check Size up to US$ 250,000
  • No more than 10% of investable funds invested in one Portfolio Company except in very special cases

Exit Strategies

  • 5 Years
    • M&A/Buyouts
    • Recapitalization
      Series A
      Series B
  • IPO

Management Team

Philippe

Philippe Kisunzu

MANAGING PARTNER & CEO


A note from SIMBA’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Philippe Kisunzu

“I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and have a deep passion for the sub-Saharan Africa region and the potential of its citizens. I am thrilled to support these indigenous entrepreneurs as they pursue their dreams. The creation of their unique businesses will bring much-needed jobs, strengthen local economies, and affirm dignity and hope for those who were hopeless. Our ultimate aim together is to transform the entrepreneurial startup ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa from what they are today into what they could become tomorrow: Sustainable and Prosperous through Imagination and Innovation.

I look forward to what we can do together. Get in touch and let’s get started!”
Cheryl Kisunzu

Cheryl Kisunzu

PARTNER & DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVES

International Advisory Team
Ikechukwu Chioke

Ikechukwu Chioke

Samuel Whitley

Samuel Whitley

Randall Newton

Randall Newton

Paul Watson

Paul Watson


Contact
Please reach out to a member of our team to discuss potential investment opportunities.
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