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Meet the Fledge11 Fledglings

Fledge begins again!  10 intense weeks for seven new fledglings.  This time in a brand new city, Barcelona. We’re excited to have a cohort filled mostly with West African companies.  For the previous ten sessions we’ve had quite a few East African and Southern African startups, but none in person from Ghana before. We’re even more excited that two of these companies are founded...

Ziweto Enterprise makes an Acquisition

Back in March, ImpactAlpha shared the news that Ziweto Enterprise purchased its distributor, Alfa Medics.  The rest of the story is quite telling about African startup economics. The story began back in 2016, with the Ziweto founders reaching out to Fledge, seeking introductions to investors for up to $200,000 to buy Alfa Medics.  Upon searching the world, we found less than a handful of fund who...

Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you [Guest post]

My friend Ross Baird over at Village Capital posted a great bit of advice for the “tech” crowd in TechCrunch today: Dear Silicon Valley,  You used to be the envy of the world. Over the last decade I’ve seen countless cities try to become you, from the Silicon Savannah to the Silicon Bayou. At last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford’s campus, hundreds of entrepreneurs...

The Global Impact Accelerator Program, powered by Fledge

The Global Impact Accelerator Program is the first accelerator helping global impact businesses move to Canada under its Startup-Visa Program. This is a comprehensive, 4-month program powered by Fledge, operated by Spring.is targeting companies in healthcare, progressive food, sustainability, creative economy, and cleantech. Based in Vancouver, the Canadian leader for impact entrepreneurship, and...

The Sanitation Fund and its first $20,000 investment

The idea of having a whole family of seed funds rather than one big pool of capital continues to resonate with investors and serve the needs of entrepreneurs.  Case in point, the new Sanitation fund, and it’s $20,000 revenue-based loan to JOELEX. The impetus of this fund was rather simple.  A small handful of investors saw JOELEX’s pitch on Demo Day (below), talked to Joel, and...

Handling the ups and downs of startup life

Being an entrepreneur is hard.  The ups and down of startup life are far larger and stronger than most jobs.  Working with entrepreneurs isn’t much better, as the empathy is almost are wary. We’ve worked with dozens upon dozens of entrepreneurs at Fledge and most handle these stresses in stride.  Sure, they have some sleepless nights and exhaustion, but that is what...

Beyond Capital invests in East Africa Fruit

From Beyond Capital: In March, Ben Grozier, our Associate and member of the Beyond Capital Investment Team, met a smallholder farmer working a two acre plot of land in rural Tanzania, who was hoping to sell enough produce this season to feed, clothe, and educate his family. This farmer’s produce cannot easily be brought to market without waste or spoilage, and so he struggles to make a...

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