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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
Finnfund 3
Consonance Investment Managers 2
Goodwater Capital 2
Osema Kassim 2
KFW DEG 2
Renew Capital 2
Novastar Ventures 2
Verdant Frontiers 1
European Investment Bank 1
IFC Venture Capital Group 1
DEG 1
Impact Angel Group 1
Norfund 1
MiraclePlus 1
Newgen Venture Partners 1
Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme 1
Partech 1
Orange Ventures 1
Addis Alemayehou 1
Samuel Z. Alemayehu 1
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Finnfund VC Fund · Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland · 6 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
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.
Goodwater Capital VC Fund · Burlingame, California, United States · 54 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
  • Financial Services, FinTech, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Pre-Seed
  • United States, India, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • DOR — 'Dor' is a social media platform that enables easy sharing and communication of game play by allowing gamers to automatically record and highlight their gaming experiences for easy sharing.
  • GameTree — GameTree - #1 app for gamers to discover friends, games, news, events, and more based on your unique tastes and personality with AI.
  • Stellar Sleep — Stellar Sleep is a mobile app that helps you get better sleep using psychology. Stellar Sleep uses a combination of behavioral therapy, habit building social accountability, and gamification to create an enjoyable, yet clinically effective way for people to improve their sleep.
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
KFW DEG VC Fund · Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany · 10 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
  • Ecobank — A regional commercial bank operating in many African countries.
  • Banga Building Materials — Banga Building Materials is a Bangladeshi importer. The company imports a variety of products such as other household article of stainless steel.
Renew Capital VC Fund · Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
RENEW and the Impact Angel Network are one of the most active private equity investors in Ethiopia and recently expanded to Uganda. RENEW and the IAN seek to become the most successful SME investment firm in Sub-Saharan Africa, investing in hundreds of companies across twenty countries. Their mission is to find, invest and help grow great companiesled by visionary leaders.
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Investment focus
  • Food and Beverage, Baby, Reservations
  • Seed, Angel, Pre-Seed
  • Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya
Portfolio highlights
  • Inputi — Inputi is an online marketplace, aggregator, and distributor for farm supplies based in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Buupass — BuuPass is Kenya's market leader for online bus booking. We enable travelers to reserve seats and make payments in a convenient and timely way. Try BuuPass today!
  • AkelloBanker — AkelloBanker is a data-driven digital finance technology company. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Makerere, Kampala, Uganda.
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?
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.
European Investment Bank VC Fund · Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg · 33 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.
IFC Venture Capital Group VC Fund · Washington, District of Columbia, United States
IFC supports technology ventures that are creating new opportunities in emerging markets, transforming industries, and driving inclusive growth while realizing strong returns.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Financial Services, Internet
  • Funding Round, Series B, Series C
  • United States, India, Brazil
Portfolio highlights
  • Figopara — Figopara is a solution that discounts companies' e-invoices before their due dates with the offers received by financial institutions. It provides secure information to the financial companies that the customer is associated with and wants to reach by providing them with printed invoice information.Figopara was established in 2017 to developfinancial technology applications and is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Scanntech — Scanntech provides point-of-sale software to retail stores. The company offers tech solutions and connectivity in sales points to enables independent supermarkets to process transactions, run inventory management, and provide financial services to consumers through intelligence point of sale software.Scanntech was founded in 1992 and is based inMontevideo, Uruguay.
  • Liquid Telecom — Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a business of Cassava Technologies is a pan-African technology group with capabilities across 14 countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan 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, Banking, B2B
  • Funding Round, Debt Financing, Series A
  • India, Ghana, China
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!
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.
Norfund VC Fund · Oslo, Oslo, Norway · 3 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 · 14 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
  • TSING STANDARD — Tsing Standard builds a domestic intelligent electric vehicle full life cycle testing platform. The company offers a set of R&D platforms, testing apparatus, after-sales tools, and testing to vehicle manufacturers, parts manufacturers, R&D institutions, and end users throughout the entire life cycle of smart electric vehicles, includingR&D, production, and after-sales. Due to the lack of testing technology and tools in the rapid transformation of electrification, intelligence and networking, and other key links are constrained, the problem of iterative product optimization, production quality control, and after-sales capacity building is resolved by the overall solution of service, data service, and after-sales service in the automotive industry.
  • Chipfy Technology — Chipfy Technology is an integrated circuit design network solutions company that focuses on providing chip IP design services for high-speed interfaces.
  • RWKV Yuanshi Intelligence — RWKV Yuanshi Intelligence is a domestic open source provider of huge language models with non-Transformer architecture. Its solutions combine the benefits of Transformer and RNN: high and consistent inference efficiency, low and consistent graphics memory utilization, support for unbounded context, and chip compatibility.
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
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.
Partech VC Fund · Paris, Ile-de-France, France · 17 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, Financial Services
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • United States, France, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • MyRealTrip — MyRealTrip is leading tours&activities marketplace in South Korea. MyRealTrip is the best free travel platform in Korea where you can book flights, accommodations, tours & tickets, and special offers. Starting with guided tour service in 2012, it has been growing rapidly since it successfully launched air service in 2018. MyRealTrip isconstantly striving to provide travelers with a personalized experience and provide them with a more valuable experience.
  • Nomad Homes — Nomad Homes provides concierge real estate hunting services and technology to match the specific needs of buyers in Dubai with their dream home.
  • Pimento — Pimento is the web app where creative teams collaborate with AI to get their best ideas. Craft your custom AI models and securely generate unique images and text, using your own references.
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.
Addis Alemayehou Angel · Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
Addis Alemayehou is managing partner at 251 Communications.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce
  • Seed
  • Ethiopia
Portfolio highlights
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.
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