Ingressive, an investment group that backs top tech in West Africa, organised an investment tourism tagged “Tour of Tech,” recently in Nigeria, to convene Silicon Valley and Silicon Africa.
Tour of Tech has brought companies including Y Combinator (their investments include AirBnB, Dropbox, Stripe, etc.), 500 Startups ($200M leading global VC & seed fund with 1300+ startups under management), and Techstars (largest global incubator) to Nigeria to meet local tech ecosystem, then invest in deals.
During Tour of Tech 2016, Ingressive launched High Growth Africa Summit, a two-day conference teaching African founders how to launch, scale, and fund their high growth African businesses. It is backed by Silicon Valley: Intuit, New Relic, Google Launchpad for Developers, GitHub, and 500 Startups.
Ingressive has been featured in Financial Times, CNBC Africa, Inc.com, Huffington Post, Inc, BellaNaija, Ventures Africa, The Guardian Nigeria and other notable media.
High Growth Africa Summit 17-18th November 2016
High Growth Africa Summit brought to you by Ingressive and Starta, was a two day conference exclusively dedicated to teaching entrepreneurs how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses in Africa.
It convened successful business founders and operators from the Silicon Valley, the United Kingdom and Africa who shared practical how-to guides on strategy, tactics and tools startup founders can use to grow their business in Africa.
HGAS Speakers’ Dinner
An elegant dinner party hosted by Ingressive at the home of the American Consul General here in Lagos, Nigeria. The dinner party was in honor of our many esteemed and incredible guest speakers many of whom flew thousands of miles to attend the High Growth Africa Summit. It was also a well deserved celebration after an impactful and successful summit and a wonderful opportunity for guests to network and interact in a relaxed social setting.
500StartUps Investors Dinner
This event was a joint venture hosted by Ingressive and 500Startups, and Sponsored by Aluko & Oyebode at Sky Lounge Rooftop, Eko Hotel & Suites. It was an opportunity for an exclusive group of potential investors and those passionate about the power of technology to transform African businesses to join us for what was a truly informative and enjoyable evening. The event featured over 50 global investors focused on tech in Africa including our partner and special guest Monique Woodard. Monique Woodard, venture partner at 500StartUps and co-founder of Black Founders is currently leading the charge in the $25 million microfund being raised by the former to make early stage investments in black and latino founders.
Fashion & Tech: A Night with Pioneers
We at Ingressive, the investment group that has brought to Nigeria Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Techstars, among many others, are organizing an exclusive evening for the pioneers of fashion and investment. The evening featured a delicious buffet and roundtable discussion, and a bohemian style fashion show sans the runway in which models will mingle among guests and showcase designers pieces like living art. Special guests attending the event this year include: Ugo Mozie, a high fashion designer and stylist for many A-list celebrity clientele including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Diddy; Monique Woodard, Partner of 500 Startups Black Founders Fund; James Lyle, Founding Partner of Tiger Global and many others. The roundtable addressed fashion trends and Nigerian manufacturing with those ready to invest and collaborate.
GitHub hosted a meetup, sponsored by Cafe Neo, where they trained local developers and gave out free GitHub accounts and access to their training. Over 80 of Nigeria’s top developers joined the meetup.
The tour was a successful one. Both GitHub and New Relic backed Tour of Tech.
Monique Woodard of 500 Startups and Joseph Glickman of Glickman Family Trust are carrying out due diligence on several investment opportunities. Monique encouraged several to join 500 Startups next cohort. The Glickman Family Trust is in diligence with several agritech companies they seek to back.
GitHub has financially supported several local computer science training programmes including Imisi3D. There are also several business partnerships and non-public investments that were established out of the High Growth Africa Summit and Tour of Tech.
Sponsors/Partners for the events are: Aluko & Oyebode, New Relic, GitHub, 500 Startups, Ventures Platform, Chika Nwobi, Google Launchpad, ThisDay, Pulse, BellaNaija, The Guardian, and Cranium One.