Client: Village Capital
Sector: Private Equity & Venture Capital
Requirement: Africa Lead
The Client Village Capital is a seed-stage investment fund that is democratizing entrepreneurship. The team recruits entrepreneurs solving specific problems in agriculture, energy, education, financial inclusion and health, then puts the power of investment in their hands. VilCap operate training programs to support founders, investors and communities, and then use a unique peer-selection model to determine which entrepreneurs will receive funding.
The Challenge Village Capital were seeking an Africa Lead to design and execute their investment strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa. This was a challenging role and required an individual that was entrepreneurial and could build something from the ground up. S/he needed to understand start-ups and seed investment, be able to operate across multiple countries in Africa (each with their unique challenges), have strong networks and relationship building skills, be an exceptional team leader, and ideally have some experience with fundraising.
The Results KCH conducted a global search, assessing a range of candidates from investment professionals to program directors to entrepreneurs that had built or sold their companies. Adedana, a Yale Graduate of Ethiopian heritage, offered the right mix of skills and the potential to pick something up and run with it. She had built from scratch the Africa Business Fellowship program for The African Leadership Network, working independently and coordinating logistics across multiple markets, managing complex stakeholder relationships, and leading communications and brand building for the program. For her, stepping into the Africa Lead role presented a greater challenge, the chance to work with a fantastic global team and the opportunity to impact and support entrepreneurship in Africa which she was passionate about.