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Available across every podcasting platform, Disrupt Podcast helps keep you in the loop on all that’s going on in the African tech startup ecosystem.

Co-hosts Gabriella Mulligan and Tom Jackson recap all the major news and trends of the previous couple of weeks, while also bringing you interviews with key industry stakeholders, plus analysis and advice from those in the know.

The weekly “Pitch the Pod” feature gives one lucky African tech startup the chance to audio pitch to prospective investors, partners and customers.

Regular mini-series dig into key aspects of the African startup and venture capital landscape.

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DP #26: Diversity dividend – Female fund managers in Africa – Alitheia Capital – July 10, 2022 – Female fund managers are very much in the minority worldwide. In the US, only nine per cent of decision makers in the VC space are women. In Africa, no definitive numbers are yet available, but female fund managers are hard to come by – a big mistake for the VC world, as data clearly demonstrates a direct link between gender diversity in teams, and increased profitability. The “Diversity dividend: Female fund managers in Africa” series looks at firms that recognise this truth, and put diversity front and centre.

In episode two, Gabriella talks to Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder and managing partner of female-focused Lagos-based VC firm Alitheia Capital. This podcast is commissioned by Boost Africa Technical Assistance Facility and financed by the European Union under EDF Thematic Blending and Cotonou Investment Facility.


DP #25: Diversity dividend – Female fund managers in Africa – The TLcom Ladies – June 26, 2022 – Female fund managers are very much in the minority worldwide. In the US, only nine per cent of decision makers in the VC space are women. In Africa, no definitive numbers are yet available, but female fund managers are hard to come by – a big mistake for the VC world, as data clearly demonstrates a direct link between gender diversity in teams, and increased profitability. The “Diversity dividend: Female fund managers in Africa” series looks at firms that recognise this truth, and put diversity front and centre.

In episode one, Gabriella talks to Omobola Johnson and Andreata Muforo, who together make up half the management team at Africa-focused VC firm TLcom Capital. This podcast is commissioned by Boost Africa Technical Assistance Facility and financed by the European Union under EDF Thematic Blending and Cotonou Investment Facility.


DP #24: The essential guide to African VC, episode 4 – May 1, 2022 – Disrupt Africa has partnered Quona Capital, 10X Entrepreneur, Catalyst Fund, and Knife Capital to put together a four-part podcast series on the African venture capital space – how it works, what its dynamics are, and what is happening in the sector.

“The essential guide to African VC” educates listeners in the “A-Z of African VC”, digging into venture capital, looking at its business model, how startups and VCs can work together to build Africa’s tech ecosystem, and what issues still remain to be resolved.

Episode four, the last in the series, looks at VCs as people, and what makes them tick. It discusses what makes a good VC, their backgrounds and motivations, and the issue of diversity in the space.


DP #23: The essential guide to African VC, episode 3 – April 24, 2022 – Disrupt Africa has partnered Quona Capital, 10X Entrepreneur, Catalyst Fund, and Knife Capital to put together a four-part podcast series on the African venture capital space – how it works, what its dynamics are, and what is happening in the sector.

“The essential guide to African VC” educates listeners in the “A-Z of African VC”, digging into venture capital, looking at its business model, how startups and VCs can work together to build Africa’s tech ecosystem, and what issues still remain to be resolved.

Episode three covers the different ways in which startups and venture capitalists work together once a deal is done, whether a VC can interfere too much, and why startups need to do their due diligence on their investors just as much as investors need to do it on them.


DP #22: The essential guide to African VC, episode 2 – April 17, 2022 – Disrupt Africa has partnered Quona Capital, 10X Entrepreneur, Catalyst Fund, and Knife Capital to put together a four-part podcast series on the African venture capital space – how it works, what its dynamics are, and what is happening in the sector.

“The essential guide to African VC” educates listeners in the “A-Z of African VC”, digging into venture capital, looking at its business model, how startups and VCs can work together to build Africa’s tech ecosystem, and what issues still remain to be resolved.

Episode two takes listeners through the anatomy of a VC deal – discussing how investments are made, where VCs source their startups from, and what due diligence looks like. We also look at potential exit routes for VCs, and how they go about ensuring they are prepared for them.


DP #21: The essential guide to African VC, episode 1 – April 10, 2022 – Disrupt Africa has partnered Quona Capital, 10X Entrepreneur, Catalyst Fund, and Knife Capital to put together a four-part podcast series on the African venture capital space – how it works, what its dynamics are, and what is happening in the sector.

“The essential guide to African VC” educates listeners in the “A-Z of African VC”, digging into venture capital, looking at its business model, how startups and VCs can work together to build Africa’s tech ecosystem, and what issues still remain to be resolved.

Episode one takes listeners through the nuts and bolts of VC, defining what venture actually is, telling them where VC firms get their money from, how they make money themselves, and what an investor actually does all day. It also addresses misconceptions entrepreneurs may have about venture capital, why it is there, and what it can do for them.


DP #19+20 – April 10, 2021 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by representatives of Flutterwave, Kuda and ImaliPay to discuss Nigerian fintech funding, while Justin Drennan of South Africa’s Parcelninja discusses his company’s recent acquisition. Episode also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup happenings, while Pieter Erasmus of South African fintech startup Ctrl “pitches the pod”.


DP #18 – February 14, 2021 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by Johan Bosini from the fintech-focused Quona Capital to discuss the founding round raised by Nigerian startup Cowrywise, while Philip Kiracofe from Startupbootcamp AfriTech discusses the return of Africa’s premier corporate-backed accelerator programme. Episode also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup happenings, while Adetolani Eko of Nigerian dating startup Vybe “pitches the pod”.


DP #17 – January 24, 2021 – Gabriella and Tom dig into the data from the newly-released African Tech Startups Funding Report 2020, which tracks a record year for investment into the ecosystem, and are joined by EchoVC’s Eghosa Omoigui to discuss the US$85 million funding round announced by Kenyan AI company Gro Intelligence. The episode also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup happenings, while Vincent Edigin of Nigeria’s Traindemy “pitches the pod”. 


DP #16 – January 10, 2021 – Tom and Gabriella present Disrupt Africa’s 12 African startups to watch in 2021, and are joined by Timbo Drayson of Kenyan digital addressing startup OkHi. Episode also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup happenings, while Louis van Biljon of South Africa’s eVuna “pitches the pod”.


DP #15 – December 6, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Lexi Novitske of Acuity Ventures and Aaron Fu of Sherpa Ventures. Episode also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup happenings, while Sydney Aigbogun of Nigerian fintech startup Cashbox “pitches the pod”.


DP #14 – November 22, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by angel investor Zach George, and Antoine Paillusseau of South African AI startup FinChatBot. Episode also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup happenings, while Amahle Ntshinga of South African e-commerce startup Luntu “pitches the pod”.


DP #13 – November 8, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Peter Njonjo of Kenyan agri-tech company Twiga Foods, and Dr. Emmanuel Okeleji from Nigerian HR-tech startup SeamlessHR. Episode also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup ecosystem news, while Olamide Akomolafe of Kenya-based e-health startup Nadia “pitches the pod”.


DP #12 – October 25, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Maelis Carraro of the fintech-focused Catalyst Fund, and Craig Buckley from South African prop-tech startup reOS. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup happenings, including that Paystack news, while Moses Kimani of Kenyan agri-tech startup Lentera “pitches the pod”.


DP #11 – October 4, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Etop Ikpe, CEO of Nigerian automotive technology startup Autochek, and Kofo Samusi, COO at corporate-backed accelerator Founders Factory Africa. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Emmanuel Chatina of Malawian e-health startup Ocliya “pitches the pod”.


DP #10 – September 6, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by Emeka Ajene of West African startup Gozem as it transitions into a “super app” for Africa, while Frans Kronje of South African AI startup DataProphet takes us through his company’s US$6 million Series A round. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Apollo Eric of Kenyan P2P remittances startup BitLipa “pitches the pod”.


DP #9 – August 23, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Paul Kimani of Kenyan HR tech startup WorkPay in the wake of the company’s US$2.1 million funding round, while Jon Stever of i4policy tells us why Startup Acts are increasingly being put into place across the continent. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Adeshina Adewumi of Nigerian retail-tech startup One Kiosk Africa “pitches the pod”.


DP #8 – August 9, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by Tevis Howard and Tiffany Card from Kenya-based conservation-tech startup Komaza to discuss the company’s US$28 million Series B investment, while Philani Sangweni, managing director of newly-founded South African VC firm E4E tells us how important it is for investors to bring more than just money to the table. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Mouhamadou Sall of Senegalese digital addressing startup NIMA Codes “pitches the pod”.


DP #7 – July 26, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by Onyekachi Izukanne, CEO of Nigerian B2B e-commerce startup TradeDepot, in the wake of its US$10 million pre-Series B funding round, and Isis Nyong’o Madison, founder of Kenyan mothering platform MumsVillage, talks mergers after her company joined forces with Nigeria’s BabyBliss. Also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup news, while Ahmad Al-Kabbany of Egyptian e-health startup VRapeutic “pitches the pod”.


DP #6 – July 12, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Luke Kyohere, co-founder of East African fintech startup Beyonic, in the wake of his company’s acquisition by the Johannesburg-based MFS Africa. Tomi Davies, president of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN), joins to discuss the ins and outs of valuing your tech startup. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Emeka Mba-Kalu of Nigerian startup E Dey Shop “pitches the pod”.


DP #5 – June 28, 2020 – Tom and Gabriella are joined by a host of founders in the African e-health space as the team marks the release of the latest edition of its High Tech Health report with a deep dive into the sector. Also features Nnena Nkongho of growth capital firm DiGAME Investment Company and a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Gabriel Ekman of Rwandan ed-tech startup BAG Innovation “pitches the pod”.


DP #4 – June 14, 2020 – Gabriella and Tom are joined by Abe Cambridge, founder and CEO of Sun Exchange, and Medea Degbe, president of the Benin Business Angel Network. Also includes a wrap of all the latest African tech startup news, while Daisy Myburgh of South African prop-tech startup Roundr “pitches the pod”.


DP #3 – May 31, 2020 – Co-hosts Tom Jackson and Gabriella Mulligan are joined by Jim Chu, founder of Zoom-based pitching initiative The Nest, and Jeremy Leach, CEO of South African insurtech startup Inclusivity Solutions, to discuss the company’s recent funding round and its MNO partnerships model. The episode also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Simon Githinji of CashBackApp “pitches the pod”.


DP #2 – May 17, 2020 – In the second episode of the Disrupt Podcast, co-hosts Tom Jackson and Gabriella Mulligan are joined by Helium Health CEO Adegoke Olubusi in the wake of its $10 million fundraise, as well as EWB Ventures investment director Muthoni Wachira to talk survival in the time of COVID. Also includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, while Isidore Kpotufe of stabus “pitches the pod”.


DP #1 – May 3, 2020 – In episode one of the Disrupt Podcast, co-hosts Gabriella Mulligan and Tom Jackson are joined by Iyinoluwa Aboyeji of the Future Africa Fund and Lungisa Matshoba, CTO of Yoco. Includes a wrap up of all the latest African tech startup news, including a detailed look at how the sector is adjusting to COVID-19, while Ayazona co-founder Samson Otieno is the first person to “Pitch the Pod”.