Innovative early stage ventures that potentially have a high social and environmental impact, but require less than €1 million in capital are the most difficult segment of the SME pipeline to reach. Yet their potential for growth is immense.▶
Ben White is the co-founder of VC4Africa and has been working in the African technology and media space since 2003. He started as part of the business development team at Africa Report, a predecessor to CNBC Africa, and later served as commercial director at social venture Africa Interactive. Ben has done extensive ethnographic research on the emergence of software cultures in Kampala, Uganda and established the East Africa ICT Entrepreneurship program at Hivos (investing in Ushahidi, iHub, Sodnet & Map Kibera). He taught a course in Interactive Media & Entrepreneurship at a local college in Amsterdam. Ben is a founding member of AfriLabs, a network of technology incubators, is on the board of advisors to Cameroon's leading technology incubator ActivSpaces, and in 2008 he founded Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa). Ben is also a partner in Sanaga Ventures, a seed stage investor for African tech.