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Top 20 Startup Investors in Ethiopia

A list of 20 angel investors and VC funds that invest in startups based in Ethiopia. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in companies from Ethiopia. We update this investor list every month.

Top 20 Startup Investors in Ethiopia

Investor Ethiopia investments
Renew Capital 3
Finnfund 3
Novastar Ventures 2
KFW DEG 2
Goodwater Capital 2
Consonance Investment Managers 2
Osema Kassim 2
Partech 1
Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme 1
Orange Ventures 1
European Investment Bank 1
Nissay Capital 1
Norfund 1
MiraclePlus 1
Musashi Seimitsu Industry 1
Samuel Z. Alemayehu 1
Impact Angel Group 1
Verdant Frontiers 1
Newgen Venture Partners 1
DEG 1
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Renew Capital VC Fund · Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia · 12 investments in the past 12 months
Renew Capital is an Africa-focused investment firm that addresses critical gaps for Africa’s growing businesses and connects them to a global network of impact investors.
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Investment focus
  • Mobile Apps, Financial Services, Finance
  • Pre-Seed, Funding Round, Seed
  • Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia
Portfolio highlights
  • Bosso — Bosso projects and realizes automation and robotic solutions for the growth of your business.
  • Roam — The Standard for Electric Mobility in Africa.
  • Level Africa — Digital Investment Marketplace for Africa
Finnfund VC Fund · Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland · 4 investments in the past 12 months
Finnfund is a Finnish development finance company that provides long-term risk capital for private projects in developing countries. Apart from co-investing with Finnish companies they can finance ventures that use Finnish technology, cooperate with Finnish partners on a long-term basis or generate major environmental or social benefits.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, FinTech, Energy
  • Debt Financing, Funding Round, Series B
  • Kenya, India, South Africa
Portfolio highlights
  • Kasha — Health products and household goods you want, delivered to where you are.
  • Ipak Yuli Bank — Kredir, Karta, Visa virtual, Omonat, Valyuta kurslari, Avtokredir, Pul o`tkazmalari
  • Kentegra Biotechnology Holdings LLC — Kentegra Biotechnology Holdings is a leading U.S-Kenyan company that supports a Kenyan-based biopesticide processing business that aggregates, extracts, and refines pale refine extract (PRE) from the pyrethrum flower, and sells the PRE to formulators across the world. Kentegra is committed to improving farmer’s livelihoods by investing in thecommunities where we are working to help farmers and their families have a more stable income and better quality of life.Grants: Norad 2021, AgriFi 2020, USAID 2020, USAID 2019, DEG 2020, DEG 2019
Novastar Ventures VC Fund · Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
For the many, not just the few. For good.
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Investment focus
  • Agriculture, Internet, Clean Energy
  • Series A, Funding Round, Series B
  • Kenya, Nigeria, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • BasiGo — BasiGo is an early-stage e-mobility start-up looking to revolutionize the public transportation sector by providing matatu owners with a cost-effective electric alternative to diesel buses.
  • Turaco — Turaco develops simplified insurance and credit solutions through mobile technology to solve the healthcare financing needs. Turaco has simplified insurance products and also provides on-demand health loans, allowing customers to get healthcare at affordable monthly premiums.
  • MoKo Home + Living — MoKo Home is Kenya's one-stop furniture company specializing in comfort & smiles, having served over 10000 smiley homes to date. Will yours be next?
KFW DEG VC Fund · Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany · 7 investments in the past 12 months
KFW DEG offers financing, advice and support to private sector enterprises operating in developing and emerging-market countries.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, Finance, FinTech
  • Debt Financing, Grant, Funding Round
  • India, Kenya, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Copia Global — Copia is currently serving customers and rapidly growing in Kenya and Uganda with additional East African and West African countries expected in the next two
  • Indorama Fertilizers — Indorama Fertilizers operates a world-class, 1.4 million metric tonnes per annum urea manufacturing facility based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The plant has been developed to global environmental, social and construction standards. It plays a key role in supporting the agricultural sector in Nigeria by providing a reliable supply of fertilizers forlocal farmers, thereby enabling import substitution and supporting the diversification needs of the Nigerian economy. Indorama Fertilizers is also advantageously located to serve neighboring West African countries and key Western hemisphere markets, including North America, South America and Europe
  • Ecobank — A regional commercial bank operating in many African countries.
Goodwater Capital VC Fund · Burlingame, California, United States · 43 investments in the past 12 months
Goodwater empowers exceptional entrepreneurs everywhere to change the world for the better. They believe consumer technology is a force on earth, shaping culture and transforming the global economy at unprecedented speed and scale. They invest in promising entrepreneurs to solve pressing problems. As a combined force, Goodwater companies are aglobal force for change, poised to measurably improve billions of lives.
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Investment focus
  • FinTech, Financial Services, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Pre-Seed
  • United States, India, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • FlowGPT — Discover a vast library of ChatGPT prompts uploaded by the FlowGPT community. Browse popular and useful prompts and get personalized recommendations for prompts that interest you. Join a vibrant community of ChatGPT users and discover, share, and discuss different prompts.
  • Read AI — Read AI enables better meetings through shared measurement. Read AI is a provider of a real-time shared dashboard that measures engagement and sentiment for meeting attendees.
  • Elevate Pay — Bloom mobile banking app helps in money transfer in Sudan.
Consonance Investment Managers VC Fund · Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
We are an investment company focused on helping early and growth-stage entrepreneurs build successful companies in Africa.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, FinTech
  • Seed, Series A, Pre-Seed
  • Nigeria, United States, Kenya
Portfolio highlights
  • Releaf — We are industrializing food processing in Africa. We've led 1000+ smallholder farmers to provide food factories with >7.5 million kilograms of quality crops.
  • Tripesa — Tripesa offers payment solutions for Africa's travel and tourism industry.
  • Norebase — Norebase knows that there's an opportunity to grow successful businesses in Africa. It also understands the complexities of the market, and so is using technology to make doing business in Africa worthwhile. With Norebase get to operate in Africa with no hassle and with minimum risk.
Osema Kassim Angel
Osema is an angel investor and tech product, enthusiast. Passionate about building high-performance teams and growing businesses internationally.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce
  • Seed
  • Ethiopia
Portfolio highlights
Partech VC Fund · Paris, Ile-de-France, France · 13 investments in the past 12 months
Partech is a global venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin and Dakar. Partech invests in Internet and information technology startups at seed, venture and growth stages.
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Investment focus
  • Software, E-Commerce, SaaS
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • United States, France, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • FlexAI — We are unlocking the future of Machine Intelligence by rearchitecting the compute infrastructure
  • Groover — Groover is the best way to promote your music to blogs, radios, record labels, & Spotify playlisters. Get listened to, receive coverage & guaranteed feedback!
  • HD — HD is a healthcare and surgery marketplace, powering over 1,500+ healthcare providers including some of the biggest hospitals. HD connects patients to hospitals, clinics, operating rooms, and surgeons while offering healthcare financing solutions to increase access to affordable care and surgeries. To date, over 250,000 patients have benefited frommore accessible and affordable healthcare and surgeries through the company's platform.
Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme VC Fund · Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) is an innovative model that provides support to entrepreneurs in some of the world’s poorest countries to help them create and build viable, sustainable businesses. The resulting jobs and associated opportunities provide benefits for both the employees and the wider communities around them, liftingsome of the world’s poorest families out of poverty.
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Investment focus
  • Retail, Blockchain, E-Commerce
  • Grant, Series A
  • Tunisia, Ethiopia
Portfolio highlights
  • Farm Trust — Farm Trust is an E-commerce platform for fruits and vegetables that provide traceability through blockchain.
  • GreenPath Food — Greenpath Food is a worldwide food supplier of the highest quality organic, regeneratively-grown produce from small-scale East African Farms.
Orange Ventures VC Fund · Paris, Ile-de-France, France · 6 investments in the past 12 months
Orange Ventures is the Venture Capital Fund of the Orange Group, with 350m euros under management
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Investment focus
  • Software, FinTech, Financial Services
  • Seed, Series B, Series C
  • France, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • CorralData — Experience the power of AI-generated metrics and insights with CorralData. Get one month free and seamlessly integrate with 200+ data sources with no upfront costs.
  • Epoca — Epoca prepare the health solution of your dreams .
  • Terragon Group — Terragon is a leading Data and Marketing Technology company that uses data and analytics to help companies focused in Africa, intelligently connect at scale to their customers. We use an aggregation of online and offline data, and predictive scoring to help brands, marketing agencies and platforms accurately target people across channels anddevices. Headquartered in Lagos; Nigeria, we also have a presence in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and India.
European Investment Bank VC Fund · Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg · 25 investments in the past 12 months
European Investment Bank (EIB) provides lending, borrowing, and treasury services primarily in the European Union.The company offers project loans for the public and private sectors; loans to banks and other intermediaries; structured finance products; guarantees and securitization instruments for senior and subordinated debts; project bonds;equity and fund investment products such as infrastructure equity and debt funds, and environmental funds; and venture capital funds and security packages for funds.The company also offers microfinance; risk sharing finance for research, development, and innovation projects; finance and technical expertise for sustainable energy projects; infrastructure project advisory services; support for urban development projects; guarantees for transport infrastructure; and funding for public-private partnerships and small- and medium-sized enterprises.EIB serves the transportation, global loans, energy, industry, health, education, water, sewerage, infrastructure, services, telecommunications, agriculture, and fisheries sectors.European Investment Bank was founded in 1958 and is based in Luxembourg.
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Investment focus
  • Biotechnology, Health Care, Software
  • Debt Financing, Post-IPO Debt, Funding Round
  • France, Germany, The Netherlands
Portfolio highlights
  • Eldrive — The largest charging point operator in Eastern Europe | Our network is expanding rapidly yet our focus is fixed on renewables, for a greener future. We provide AC & DC charging across Bulgaria, Romania and Lithuania.
  • ABN AMRO Bank — Als bank leggen wij de focus op inclusiviteit, duurzaamheid, sociaal ondernemen, innovatie, dagelijkse bankzaken en meer.
  • Enel Green Power — Enel Green Power is the company that deals with renewable energy from every perspective: from direct sales through PPA, to commitment at the forefront with its plants worldwide.
Nissay Capital VC Fund · Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan · 12 investments in the past 12 months
Nissay Capital is a venture capital Company specializing in seed, start-up, growth capital, middle stage, and later stage investment.
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Investment focus
  • Health Care, Medical, Internet
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Japan, Ethiopia, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Zpeer — Zpeer provides appropriate medical care to all livestock and companion animals
  • Re:Power — Re:Power is a manufacturing company that designs, develops, and sells renewable energy storage batteries and other products.
  • StockFormer — StockFormer is a real estate investment platform that connects investors with property opportunities. Users can calculate their asset score and gain a better understanding of their position and status as an investor, as well as their creditworthiness to financial institutions, among other things. Investors can exchange information on purchased andsold properties, as well as loan terms. The log provides investors with an understanding of the current real estate market conditions, investment conditions, and loan conditions that correspond to their asset formation level, allowing them to make appropriate investment decisions.
Norfund VC Fund · Oslo, Oslo, Norway · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Norfund is the Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries with 24.9 bill. NOK in total commitments (2019).
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Financial Services, Renewable Energy
  • Funding Round, Private Equity, Debt Financing
  • Kenya, South Africa, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Miniplast — Miniplast Limited is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial and household products in Ghana, with over 25 years of experience in the sector.
  • Hela Clothing — Hela Clothing is a clothing manufacturer. From design to delivery, the firm collaborates closely with brands in the intimate, sleepwear, and children's product lines. With design centers in major markets, they can watch and predict customer preferences. This enables us to provide their customers with unique design options that fit theirrequirements.
  • OH Ecosystems — OH Ecosystems is a confectionary company that produces and operates cocoa processing and confectioneries.
MiraclePlus VC Fund · Haidian, Beijing, China · 13 investments in the past 12 months
MiraclePlus invests in and accelerates early-stage startups. MiraclePlus assists startups in developing products that are good enough to succeed in the market. MiraclePlus' acceleration program works with the founders to get each team in top shape so that they can present to thousands of investors on Demo Day.
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Investment focus
  • Artificial Intelligence, Software, Information Technology
  • Seed, Angel, Pre-Seed
  • China, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Pinch Ta — Pinch Ta focus on developing a content engine that utilizes AI to enhance creativity, address data, effects, copyright, and commercial utilization issues. "Pinch Ta" AI co-creation community, contributing character fine-tuning models for popular IPs like Genshin Impact and creating its own character director. "The Sims" offersAI comics and virtual character content.
  • SynMetaBio — SynMetaBio is a company that develops synthetic biological materials, combining synthetic biology and material design. Their business modules include bio-based medical beauty, functional recombinant proteins, and medical aesthetic materials, including bionic bio-based leather.
  • Pupu story machine — Pupu Story Machine is a youth education service provider company to leverage artificial intelligence's broad knowledge and natural interactions to help more primary and secondary school students discover and link their interests and knowledge points.
Musashi Seimitsu Industry VC Fund · Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan
This is the official website of Musashi Seimitsu Kogyo Co. Musashi Seimitsu Kogyo develops, manufactures, and sells differentials, transmission gears, ball joints, and other products for automobiles and motorcycles. While promoting the development of products such as powertrains, suspensions, and steering systems for next-generation vehicles such as electric vehicles and automated driving, we are also focusing on the creation and expansion of a wide range of new businesses, including the promotion of Industry 4.0 through the development of advanced AI technology and the development of open innovation to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in a wide range of areas. We are also focusing on the creation and expansion of new businesses.
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Investment focus
  • Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence, Manufacturing
  • Series A, Series C, Pre-Seed
  • Japan, United States, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • Dodai — Dodai manufactures and assembles the electric motorcycles.
  • TANAAKK — TANAAKK provides “HITSERIES”, Growth-as-a-Service especially for Fortune Global 500 in-house startups to migrate R&D fruits into cloud-native scalable SaaS. HITSERIES delivers reference architecture, platform and related DevOps, RevOps, EquityOps services. There is annually US$190 R&D expenditure solely in Japan. TANAAKK find growth optionin R&D, selecting right cloud business scheme and enabling liquidity for discounted intellectual assets. Usually supporting conglomerate to achieve new $100M SaaS revenue in 5 years.
  • Monarch Tractor — Monarch Tractor offers a tractor platform that combines mechanization, automation, and data analysis to enhance farmer’s existing operations, alleviate labor shortages, and maximize yields.The company is dedicated to eliminating diesel fuel and replaces harmful chemicals with mechanical solutions, so its tractor impacts the environment exactly asintended, without side effects. Its platform utilizes hardware and machine learning to identify and eliminates plant ailments and estimate yields.
Samuel Z. Alemayehu Angel
Samuel Z. Alemayehu is the Founder and Chairman Of The Board Of Directors of Cambridge Industries.
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Investment focus
  • SMS, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • Cameroon, Ethiopia, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • SantéPhone — SantéPhone is a mobile-based health prevention platform founded in partnership with leading health insurance companies across West Africa. The application was powered by 4Afri Mobile.
  • Nextbillion.ai — Build and scale your applications with ease using NextBillion ai's route optimization and navigation APIs. Deliver high performance and maximize ROI with NextBillion ai's navigation APIs, SDKs and tools. Try now.
  • Cambridge Industries — Designing, constructing and operating extremely cost-competitive and scalable waste-to-energy facilities customised for Sub-Saharan Africa Cambridge Industries is a holistic waste management and renewable energy generation company, delivering leading technologies to address waste and energy deficiencies in Africa. They produce clean/greenenergy while solving waste-related problems by reducing the amount of waste going to landfills. Their goal is to turn one of Africa's most challenging social problems, the management of waste, into a source of new wealth. Cambridge’s 'Green Vision' is a comprehensive, sustainable, clean, and renewable power generation and waste management system designed specifically for African cities. Effective power generation and waste management are among the principal challenges faced throughout Africa, particularly in its rapidly urbanizing cities. Cambridge Industries provides local governments with an efficient, cost-effective solution to resolving power deficits while managing municipal waste, from garbage collection to the treatment and ultimate conversion of the waste to low-emission, renewable electricity and useful byproducts, such as recycled metals and building materials.
Impact Angel Group VC Fund · Boulder, Colorado, United States
The Impact Angel Group operates as a network of angel investors. It focuses on deal sourcing, investment screening, and due diligence. The Impact Angel Group was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
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Investment focus
  • Food Delivery, Food and Beverage
  • Seed
  • Ethiopia
Portfolio highlights
  • Deliver Addis — Ethiopia's #1 online delivery service featuring some of the best spots in town.
Verdant Frontiers VC Fund · Austin, Texas, United States
Verdant Frontiers designs and builds large-scale businesses to deliver compelling returns for investors and life-changing jobs in Africa.
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Investment focus
  • Travel, FinTech, Finance
  • Seed, Pre-Seed
  • Kenya, Italy, Ethiopia
Portfolio highlights
  • Pezesha — Digital Financial Ecosystem for connecting MSMEs to Capital.
  • Zeraki — Zeraki is to use technology to address some of the obstacles learners encounter in accessing quality education. We use technology to enhance the quality of education students get at each level of education and use technology to help students transition from one level of education to the next, and ultimately from education into employment.
  • Leta — Leta Technology is a software development company that creates supply chain and logistics software to enable the efficient and automated movement of goods.
Newgen Venture Partners VC Fund · Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Newgen Venture Partners, founded in 2012, focuses on early stage startup companies with the most innovative ideas and revolutionary technologies.Newgen focuses on investing in early stage companies across two targeted categories: TMT and Life Science. Newgen has helped create, build and invest in more than 50 start-up companies cross China.Newgen works with entrepreneurs, startup strategists and tech devotees to partner with founders to build fast-growing companies. Newgen has spent years refining our craft – learning trade secrets, gaining industry expertise, building network.Newgen manages multiple funds in Shanghai, Beijing and Hongkong. Outside China, Newgen invests in zPark Venture Fund I (AKA Amino Capital), GrubMarket and Junzi Kitchen, etc. Newgen set up an office in London in 2016.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Social
  • Seed, Angel, Series C
  • China, Ethiopia, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • NovaXS Biotech — NovaXS Biotech powering accessible healthcare for all.A smart drug delivery platform that administers a narrow stream of medication without a needle.
  • Jiamian Tech — Jiamian Tech is a speech social software developer.
  • beU delivery — O2O service in Africa
DEG VC Fund · Overland Park, Kansas, United States
DEG, a Merkle Company is a full-service digital agency purpose-built to meet clients in the moment with data-driven marketing, commerce, and collaboration solutions.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, FinTech, Banking
  • Funding Round, Series A, Debt Financing
  • India, Ghana, South Africa
Portfolio highlights
  • Laprophan — Laprophan gives people access to cutting-edge treatments and therapies. As a result, we are committed to researching, developing, and bringing new, innovative goods to market. dedication to patient-centered care pervades everything we do, from product creation to service delivery.
  • Turnkey Lender — Turnkey Lender is a Commercial lending software that can improve efficiency and reduce costs for financial services companies.
  • Naked Insurance — The new way to cover your stuff: savings & convenience through AI. Naked Insurance offers online insurance for car, home and contents. Get a quote in 90 seconds!
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