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Southern and East Africa rank top regions in attracting venture capital in Africa

A recent report from the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) recognises that 2019 was a record year
in terms of VC deal value in Africa, reaching $1.4 billion; the highest on record.

The report titled, Venture Capital in Africa: Mapping Africa’s Start-Up Investment Landscape, notes that South Africa had the most venture capital deals with 21% of the total early-stage investments, Kenya got 18% and Nigeria 14%.

Kenya ranked within the top African countries that attracted the highest share of financing for start-ups and small businesses with exceptional growth prospects in the past five years (2014-2019).

According to the report, as a region, Southern Africa attracted the highest number of VC deals (25%) in Africa, followed by East Africa (23%) and West Africa (21%).

Financials (19%), Information Technology (19%) and Consumer Discretionary (18%) accounted for the largest share of VC deals by volume
from 2014 – 2019.

Deals in Consumer Discretionary (28%), Financials (23%) and Industrials (18%) attracted the largest share of VC deals by value.

Utilities is another sector that has been quite popular among early-stage deals, with investors being attracted by companies providing alternative power solutions.

These companies accounted for a significant number of VC investment rounds from 2014 to 2019.

Access the report here: Venture Capital in Africa: Mapping Africa’s Start-Up Investment Landscape

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