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More protein for Rwanda

Rwanda has one of the fast growing economies of the world and as more and more Rwandans leave poverty and enter the middle class, their demand for protein, especially meat, growth even faster. The same demand was seen over a century ago when Europe grew itself out of poverty and replicated again in Asia over the last few decades. This is the trend that led Herve Tuyishime to start Paniel Meat...

$1 million of funding for Ensibuuko

“Access to financial services is a fundamental human right“, said the founders of Ensibuuko six years ago on the Fledge Demo Day stage. The company has been helping Saving and Credit Co-ops (SACCOS) modernize their operations and helping the farmers who use those institutions for savings and loans get access to modern, mobile-enabled financial services. Thanks to FCA Investments...

The Land Accelerator Africa 2021

The Land Accelerator Africa was the original of what is now three Land Accelerators operating around the world, all operated by World Resources Institute (a.k.a. WRI), all focused on restorative agriculture. Given the pandemic this session is different than others. Historically we’ve invited 10-15 companies to participate. For this session we’ve invited the top 100 applicants. 100 out...

The Transformative 25

As foundations and mission-aligned investors swiftly shift their investments into ESG funds and direct investments in values-aligned companies and entrepreneurs, they overlook many visionary funds and fund managers who are forging the future that we need. These funds are myth-busters and courageous innovations. More than rethinking our financial system, they are creating viable alternatives to...

The story of Africa Eats

Africa Eats is based in Africa, not Asia, but David Kim wanted to hear the story and share it with his global audience.

Luni’s backstory starts the episode, Why Africa at 29:00, Africa Eats at 38:30

Listen as a podcast: Apple • Google • Amazon

More details about Fledge’s first spin-off investment company at AfricaEats.com.

Accelerating Angels

Everyone thinks there are entrepreneurs everywhere (and that seems true), and everyone thinks there are Angels everywhere too (and that seems not as true). The Angel Accelerator makes more Angel investors, teaching people how to invest in startups by having them invest in startups in a safe, controlled, curated program. EDUCATION The program teaches a variety of topics. Participants meet weekly...

The Faces of Fledglings

A great Tweet of recent times: “This week has been the longest year of my life.” Meanwhile, at Fledge our work continues onward. We are in the middle of Fledge16 and the first-ever Angel Accelerator. Someday we’ll finish up both of those in-person. Meanwhile, as America and the world wakes up to social injustice we take a moment to look back at the faces of the dozens of...

Portfolio Investing

I’ve been operating startup investment funds since 2012, and for the twenty years before that, I sat on the founder’s side of the table raising capital from venture capital funds. I thus feel an expertise on the subject of startup investing, and have trouble understanding what others don’t understand about the topic. Case in point, portfolios. Specifically, the fact is that...

The Pandemic through Startup Eyes

Over the last month we’ve been gathering data and stories from our fledglings on how the pandemic is playing out in their country/cities and within their businesses. The results are not good: The first 57 responses arrived from 25 countries. The fledglings are a very diverse portfolio of startups. The tiny numbers show where there are multiple responses from a single country or city...

One step ahead of the Pandemic

When the world gives you a pandemic, make lemonade??? Maybe, if what your city needs most of all is lemonade. Most likely it is something else. But what? Well… unless you live in China, the good news is that some country is ahead of yours in terms of dealing with the pandemic, and thus you can look to see how they dealt with their epidemic to better guess how your customers will deal with...

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