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Dream VC, an investor accelerator dedicated to training the next generation of African investors globally

The Investor Accelerator (IA) program is a comprehensive course for experienced professionals, existing investors, and senior operators who aspire to be future ecosystem builders in Africa

This year’s cohort brings together the cream of the crop in some of their respective fields, culminating in a powerhouse community of active angels, successful founders with multiple exits, and operators from top African startups across the continent.

With a program acceptance rate of 12%, the application process to join the ranks of this community continue to be highly competitive and discerning.

Here are some quick stats about this year’s Investor Accelerator cohort:

  • The cohort size doubled this year to accommodate 54 fellows from 22 nationalities globally
  • This is the first cohort ever to have a bigger East African majority rather than West African, with Kenyans dominating a strong 15% of the cohort
  • Around 43% of the cohort self-identify as female and continue a strong representation of women within the program
  • Several fellows are hailing from ecosystems that are being represented in Dream VC for the first time, such as Botswana, Algeria, Somaliland, and Burundi
Bilow Capital

Hana is the Co-founder and partner of Bilow Capital, an innovative investment company that applies an integrated investment strategy with both enterprise and venture capital under one company.

Bilow Capital was founded in 2022. It provides early stage start-ups with the capital they need to scale up their businesses, the skills and the knowlegde they need to grow and succeed, and expert consultation, to help guide start-ups to achieve their full potential.

She and the other partners have pioneered Bilow Capital from the idea stage to the present, for the past two and half years, and will fully launch this year.

Bilow Capital is a first of its kind in the region and aims to contribute to the construction of the ecosystem by creating investment opportunities for investors that were previously inaccessible, as well as investing in market-creating innovations in the region and beyond.

Hana is a young, black, African, Muslim mother of four, who is extremely passionate about the African ecosystem and how to generate sustainable businesses, that create impactful returns.

She continues to learn more about impact investing and the African ecosystem. She’s also dedicated to getting involved in community initiatives through her local NGO, Somaliland Prosperity Organization.

Guest article first published on SII

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