The Rise of African VC

Globally, Venture Capital (VC) investment is on the rise. In 2018 $254 billion was invested into approximately 18,000 start-ups, a 46% increase from 2017’s figures. The US accounted for 52% or $131 billion of these VC investments. While 2019 figures are yet to be released, although it is expected that the increase of VC investment for the year will be at a lesser pace compared to the prior year, as a result of inflated valuations in traditional markets such as the US and Europe, the big theme for 2019 is that investors searching for yield are increasingly directing their VC investments to Africa and Asia. With US VC annual returns averaging between 10% and 14%, and European annual ret

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