Category Archives: Dialogues

Seedstars to launch $100m venture fund for African tech startups

Seedstars has partnered the Paris-based VC firm First Growth Ventures to launch a US$100 million venture fund for Sub-Saharan African tech startups. The sixth annual Seedstars World event took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week, with more than 65 finalists – 21 of them from Africa – from across

AfricInvest, Cathay Capital launch $169m African venture fund

Private equity firms AfricInvest and Cathay Capital have partnered to launch a EUR150 million (US$169 million) pan-African venture fund. AfricInvest is one of the leading private equity and VC firms in Africa, with US$1.5 billion of assets under management and 18 PE funds, while Cathay Capital is an

Inside the Biotech Startup That Wants to Extend Your Life

In a late January episode of his popular interview podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan asked his guest, the Harvard geneticist and human longevity specialist David Sinclair, a simple question: “Do you feel incredibly fortunate to be living in this century?” Sinclair had spent the prior 45 minutes

A Dirty Job That Made A Poor Man Filthy Rich

He may be one of the richest men in Ghana, employing 250,000 of his countrymen, but it all began in a struggle. Joseph Agyepong Siaw holds his lean, early years in abhorrence. Reason: the serial entrepreneur and founder of the Jospong Group of Companies had

The Black Woman CEO Behind Akon’s $80 Million Dollar Brand

Multi-platinum R&B singer Akon has been famous for his music career and unique business projects. According to, his brand is worth $80 million. But not many people know about his sister, Khady Thiam Gueye, who was actually the woman behind the global acknowledgement and