iYa Ventures

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User Profile

iYa Ventures Management is a Minority-owned Business Enterprise that leverages all forms of capital — financial, intellectual and strategic — to accelerate the growth of technology-enabled companies with operations in Sub-Saharan Africa (“SSA”) by financing them at the Seed and Series “A” rounds of financing. iYa co-invests with trusted local partners into companies exhibiting high growth potential, competitive advantages, low capital requirements and attractive valuations, as well as data-rich pilots evincing traction into fast-growing, large, addressable markets. iYa’s Technology, Impact and Opportunity fund is the first such fund of its kind focused on Africa.

SMEs are harnessing the power of new technology to achieve economies of scale in the distribution of goods and services to SSA billion-strong consumers and enterprises. And in doing so, these SMEs generate quality jobs within the local community.

iYa began as a network of African, Canadian and American angel investors. After developing a successful portfolio of ventures, iYa refined its investment thesis, using internal data to identify mature sectors ripe for technology-enabled disruption:

  • Renewable energy distribution,
  • Health care and wellness delivery,
  • Financial services, and
  • Agriculture.
  • iYa has an existing pipeline of dynamic companies poised to compete in these industries. iYa is currently incubated within the CDVCA, a $100MM+ fund of funds.

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