FIVE35 Ventures is committed to unlocking capital and growth opportunities for female-focused early stage African technology startups.

Who Are We?

Strategic investors focused on developing female-impacted technology companies in Sub-Saharan Africa

Our philosophy is to engage with a diversified portfolio of female-led, female-managed and female-impacted companies

FIVE35 Ventures Represents Our Mission:

To catalyse the creation of 5% more GDP for Africa by setting in motion a trend of investing in female-led or female-impacted entrepreneurial businesses

To leverage that female-led startups can deliver 35% more ROI when given access to the right capital, networks and partnerships.

Female First

We are first and foremost supporters of women as founders, leaders, employees and consumers. We are driven to achieve a level playing field for women and believe that this will unlock superior growth for investors and the continent.

Catalytic African partner

Proud in our own diversity, we are African women and men that deeply believe in catalysing opportunities for startups and attracting new capital onto the Continent.

Highly commercial with impact at our core

We seek the best female-focused, tech-enabled African startups that can scale into new markets, drive revenue and create jobs and economic participation. Commercial returns and high impact are both critical for the sustainability of women in business.

We Invest In

Startups that have a core focus on females:

  • Female founded and/or co-founded
  • Females in senior management
  • Majority women employed in a start-up
  • The impact of the business model is targeted towards a majority female consumer base

African Female-Focused Seed and Series A stage B2B and B2BC tech-enabled startups that are post-MVP.

Start-ups that have a core focus on females: Female founded and/or co-founded, females in senior management, majority women employed and/or where the impact of the business model is targeted towards a majority female consumer base.

Highly scalable tech-based solutions that have a clear, addressable market in Africa first, and eventually globally.

Sustainable business models with high-growth potential and multiple revenue streams.

Proven early successes demonstrated by a combination of one or more of the below:

  • Successful graduation from world-class accelerators and incubators like Startupbootcamp, Y-Combinator, Techstars, 500 Startups, MEST, Google LaunchPad, Founders Factory, Seedcamp, Village Capital, etc.
  • First signed PoCs, pilots, or recurring revenues from large corporate clients especially in the banking, insurance, retail, and telco industries.
  • Early-stage direct pipeline referrals from top VC funds that typically invest at Series A & B stages.

Dedicated and professional founders and management teams with the right values aligned to the objectives of our Fund.

We Offer Our Portfolio Companies

Capital Investments

  • Seed investments: Maximum investment size of U.S. $500K
  • Series A investments: Maximum investment size of U.S. $ 2 million
  • Seed investments are done via S.A.F.E. Notes (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) at the lesser of the round valuation cap (if there is one) or a discount to the post-money valuation at the next priced round.
  • Females in senior management.
  • We produce a friction-less, efficient investment process.
  • We leverage our global network to open doors to our network of international advisors, renowned brands, mentors and institutions to enable commercial uptake for our portfolio investments.
  • We support our portfolio companies with our business and technical expertise, our vast experience and our strategic guidance.
  • We assist our portfolio companies in getting investment-ready for their Series A round and beyond.