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Top 10 Startup Investors in Zimbabwe

A list of 10 angel investors and VC funds that invest in startups based in Zimbabwe. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in companies from Zimbabwe. We update this investor list every month.

Top 10 Startup Investors in Zimbabwe

Investor Zimbabwe investments
E3 Capital 1
Vakayi Capital 1
Persistent Energy Partners 1
Proparco 1
InfraCo Africa 1
Aster 1
Oui Capital 1
Savannah Fund 1
Launch Africa 1
Thawer Capital Management (UK) 1
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E3 Capital VC Fund · Paris, Ile-de-France, France · 6 investments in the past 12 months
E3 Capital invests in growing, entrepreneurial businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa addressing the lack of electrification in the region with new technology and innovative business models. The fund is backed by Schneider Electric, the leading energy management multinational, and a number of public-sector investors.
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Investment focus
  • Solar, Energy, Financial Services
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Kenya, United States, Mali
Portfolio highlights
  • YoLa Fresh — At YoLaFresh, our mission is to revolutionize the fresh produce supply chain in Africa by leveraging technology and data to disrupt traditional distribution models. We strive to create a more efficient and transparent system that benefits all stakeholders, from farmers to retailers and consumers. Our vision is to create a world where access tofresh, high-quality produce is a universal right. We believe that by empowering farmers and retailers with innovative technology solutions, we will improve their livelihoods and make a positive impact on their communities.
  • Hohm Energy — We make the process of going solar simple. Generate your free, custom solar proposal and get matched with an accredited solar provider in under 5 mins.
  • Badili — Badili is a one-stop shop for buying and selling used and refurbished phones. Founded in 2021 and is based in Nairobi.
Vakayi Capital VC Fund · Harare, NA - Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Vakayi Capital supports outstanding entrepreneurs providing essential services in Zimbabwe. Vakayi is uniquely positioned in Zimbabwe to tap into the exceptional investment opportunities in businesses with proven business models, strong growth prospects and the potential to significantly create jobs and impact the lives of low-income people. Theteam’s experience and extensive business network generates a robust deal flow for capital deployment in the clean energy, housing, education and healthcare sectors. Currently, Vakayi is the only fund in Zimbabwe focused on supporting small businesses.
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Investment focus
  • Industrial, Real Estate
  • Funding Round
  • Zimbabwe
Portfolio highlights
  • Homelux — Homelux is one of the leading property development companies in Zimbabwe and will deploy the funds towards the development of residential stands in the Tynwald suburb area of Harare.
Persistent Energy Partners VC Fund · New York, New York, United States
Africa's Climate Venture Builder - We believe in the power of climate-positive economic development in Africa. For the last decade, we have been working hand in hand with exceptional entrepreneurs, investing both financial and human capital to build successful climate ventures on the continent. Our companies offer competitive financial returns required to drive lasting impact.
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Investment focus
  • Energy, Solar, Software
  • Seed, Series B, Funding Round
  • Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe
Portfolio highlights
  • Oolu — Oolu is the fastest growing off-grid solar company West Africa. Our Vision is to be the leading energy and financial service provider to millions of customers in the developing world.Our model, developed with local communities, allows us to reach off-grid households in rural villages offering them modern energy access. With a monthly paymentmodel reducing barriers to access, as well as maintenance, parts and battery replacements included in our service, we save our clients money and assure them a continuous, dependable source of energy. In Wolof, a national language of Senegal, Oolu means ‘trust’. By building trust with the communities in which we work, we can grow together.
  • Ecobodaa
  • Beacon Power Services — Beacon Power Services is a utility company that provides energy management software and analytics for utilities.
Proparco VC Fund · Paris, Ile-de-France, France · 13 investments in the past 12 months
Proparco is devoted to private sector funding in the sustainable development sector.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, Energy, Finance
  • Funding Round, Debt Financing, Seed
  • India, Kenya, Mauritius
Portfolio highlights
  • dru — dru is the Middle East and Africa's (MEA) first patient-centric, digitally-enabled lifestyle and diabetes management platform. dru aids the prevention and management of Diabetes, Pre-diabetes, and Obesity- serving millions in Egypt and across MEA and harnessing cutting-edge technology and an extensive network of providers. By usingdru's app, users can keep track and continuously monitor their blood sugar and blood pressure levels. dru users also have a full and organized record of their medications, lab and radiology results by logging them all in dru’s digital logbook intended for all types of medical records. One of the very unique features of dru is that it can connect its users to a wide array of monitoring devices, including continuous glucose monitoring. The insight dru users have access to as a result of dru’s features enables them to attain full 360 degree visibility over their health and state of wellbeing. dru’s round-the-clock medical support team are also available through the in-app's chat feature to answer all user queries and to connect users with a wide network of providers that are specialized in their cases.dru is now available for users, patients and patient caregivers to download on the Apple Store and on Google Play. dru was launched in 2023 by Almouneer, the leading digital transformation platform revolutionizing healthcare for patients and doctors across MEA.
  • Sonatel — The Sonatel group offers global telecommunications solutions in the fields of fixed, mobile, Internet, television and data serving individuals and businesses. Leader in Senegal, present in Mali since 2002, in Guinea Conakry and Guinea Bissau since 2007, Sonatel is the global and sub-regional operator of reference.Sonatel has built a modernnetwork, fully digitized by transmission loops and international connections using high-speed optical fiber submarine cables. Sonatel has one of Africa's largest Internet bandwidths of 6.5 Gbps.Sonatel is a structuring company for the economy of his country and has made Senegal a hub of traffic and a major player in the development of telecommunications in Africa and in the world.Through its Orange brand, the Sonatel Group provides its millions of consumers with the best opportunities for convergence between mobile, internet and television technologies.
  • NCBA Group — NCBA Group Plc, is a financial services conglomerate in East and West Africa.
InfraCo Africa VC Fund · London, England, United Kingdom
InfraCo seeks to fund and develop projects in sectors or geographies where the private sector would not otherwise work at such an early stage, seeking to exit its projects to private sector developers/financiers once project viability has been demonstrated, normally at or shortly before financial close. InfraCo will not compete directly withthe private sector but seeks to mobilise private sector involvement by bearing the time and cost risk of front end project development in order to mobilise private sector investment.
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Investment focus
  • Electric Vehicle, AgTech, Energy
  • Seed, Funding Round
  • India, Kenya, France
Portfolio highlights
  • Zembo — Discover Zembo - The African Electric Motorcycle. High-performance electric bikes designed for sustainability.
  • Africa GreenCo — Our mission - addressing creditworthiness to increase generation and growth of renewable energy markets through partnerships and innovative solutions.
  • Mobility for Africa — Mobility for Africa produces electric tricycles, bicycles, and other small vehicles that are affordable, high-quality, and sustainable.
Aster VC Fund · Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Aster is a Venture Capital firm with offices in 4 major innovation hubs: Paris, London, Tel Aviv and San Francisco. Since 2000, they have partnered with more than 60 teams of entrepreneurs that are transforming markets with disruptive offers and technologies. They are always open to exploring new ideas related to mobility, energy and industrysectors that they have been covering until now. They invest in all stages, with a preference for the early phase.They are more than investors and they intend to act as an ally for entrepreneurs by connecting them to a valuable ecosystem of experts, influencers and business leaders. From marketing to executive talent, their commitment to the growth of their portfolio companies as well as the entire venture ecosystem also involves the commitment of their dedicated Operations team, their innovation strategy consulting firm (Aster Fab) and a crowdfunding branch to further expand opportunities (Aster Crowd).Some of their success stories include Solairedirect (acquired by Engie in 2015), Digital Lumens (acquired by Osram in 2017) and Avantium (IPOed in 2017).
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Investment focus
  • Software, Energy, Manufacturing
  • Series A, Funding Round, Series B
  • France, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Hadean — Our spatial computing and AI-powered technology empowers leaders to simulate the unthinkable, grasp the competitive edge, and create without limits.
  • Twipes — Twipes aim to tackle the ever-growing issue of single-use items and their damaging effects on our environment. The biggest contributor being, plastic-filled wet wipes. When these products are flushed or thrown away, they leave behind micro-plastics as they slowly break down. These fragments contribute to the pollution in our oceans and ourselves.With Twipes we have created a simple solution to the ever growing micro-plastics problem. Truly flushable and biodegradable wipes. Made with wood pulp cellulose (zero plastic), Twipes will fully disintegrate in water in 3 hours and will completely biodegrade within 7 days. Compared to our closest competition which takes 180 days to break down.
  • EyeLights — EyeLights is a Head Up Display GPS. It allows motobikers to truly experience the ride by keeping their eyes on the road. Eyelights is the first universal motorcycle accessory that projects guidance, danger zones and traffic directly into your field of vision. A dangerous bend, a nearby stopper or speed over limitations, EyeLights warns you. Simple,uncluttered, they adapted the display for motorcycle riding.The EyeLights product installs in less than 5 minutes on your full-face, convertible or jet helmet. Their compact optical technology allows you to view your GPS more than 2 meters away while enjoying audio functions for more than 8 hours. The product is compatible with sun visors, insensitive to rain or fog and weighs less than 100g.
Oui Capital VC Fund · Belmont, Massachusetts, United States
Oui Capital is an Africa-focused VC firm backing tech-enabled businesses at the pre-seed & seed stage.
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Investment focus
  • Transportation, Information Technology, B2B
  • Pre-Seed, Seed, Funding Round
  • Kenya, Nigeria, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Duplo — We enable businesses across Africa to simplify their payment flows.
  • Ndovu — Secure your investments in both local and global financial markets on ndovu - a secure, affordable, hassle-free online investment platform in Africa designed to work your money
  • Maad — Maad is Francophone Africa's fastest-growing B2B marketplace, based in Dakar, Senegal. Our tech-driven solution allows retailers to order products from our one-stop shop and benefit from working capital loans
Savannah Fund VC Fund · Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
Savannah Fund is a seed capital fund specializing in US$25,000-US$500,000 investments in early stage high growth technology (web and mobile) startups in sub-Saharan Africa. Initially focused on East Africa, the fund aims to bridge the early stage/angel and venture capital investment gap that currently exists in Africa. The Fund expects toachieve this objective by combining capital with mentor networks both in the region and from Silicon Valley via an accelerator program and a follow-on independent seed fund.The fund is managed by an experienced and technology savvy team that have founded companies or are actively involved in angel investing or having run successful accelerator programs in past but also understand the unique Subsaharan African environment. They are backed and supported by both local, regional and international networks of angels,venture capitalists whose expertise we can draw on to help startups succeed and scale to fully fledged regional or global companies.They believe in the potential for Africa to become a global technology innovator by creating sustainable for profit companies that create jobs and make an impact.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, FinTech, Information Technology
  • Seed, Series A, Pre-Seed
  • Kenya, United States, South Africa
Portfolio highlights
  • Oze — OZÉ brings African small businesses into the digital era. It is an app that makes it easy for businesses to track sales, expenses, and customer information. The data is analyzed to provide tailored recommendations, reports, and business education. If the entrepreneur needs a little extra support, an OZÉ Coach is just a click away. As they are usingOZÉ to manage their business and learn how to run it better, we are learning about them. Using this data and machine learning, we can predict their credit risk and provide them with affordable capital from our banking partners. With over 20,000 registered users, OZÉ is the largest online community of SMEs in Ghana. The most exciting thing is that OZÉ works; 97% of businesses that have used OZE for at least 9 months are growing or profitable or both!
  • Root — Launch digital and embedded insurance solutions with omni-channel distribution.
  • Afropolitan — Afropolitan is building a Network State to unleash the maximum potential of Africans around the world. Are you interested? Join us with your email.
Launch Africa VC Fund · Ebène, Plaines Wilhems, Mauritius · 7 investments in the past 12 months
Launch Africa is a fund with the primary objective of unlocking the capital constraints of Seed Stage tech startups.
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Investment focus
  • Financial Services, FinTech, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya
Portfolio highlights
  • Bosso — Bosso projects and realizes automation and robotic solutions for the growth of your business.
  • Maad — Maad is Francophone Africa's fastest-growing B2B marketplace, based in Dakar, Senegal. Our tech-driven solution allows retailers to order products from our one-stop shop and benefit from working capital loans
  • Zuri — Zuri provides a variety of looks created by black women for black women. Zuri platform, brand, and finance solutions support Black women business owners' economic mobility.
Thawer Capital Management (UK) VC Fund
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Investment focus
  • Payments, Financial Services
  • Series A
  • Zimbabwe
Portfolio highlights
  • Payitup — I found a great domain name for sale on Dan.com. Check it out!
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