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At Demo Day, the fledglings make public speaking look easy. It is not easy.
The talks delivered on Demo Day are the result of weeks of creativity and hard work. Finding a great opening line is one of the challenges, and this video shows a tiny bit of fun and excitement in that process.

This opening line, and six others can be seen on-stage in Barcelona on Thursday, and online in the coming weeks.

Women’s empowerment though shea butter

In rural Ghana, women typically can’t own their own land or do their own farming.  Instead, they can only help their husbands, who then let their wives pick the shea nuts from the native shea trees and process those into shea butter. You may not have heard of shea butter, but you’ve used it, as it a common ingredient in moisturizers and cosmetics. Shea butter is thus a path for rural...

Unexpected connections in Fledge Barcelona

A doctor in Nigeria decides he could make more impact growing chickens.  Not just growing them one by one or 1,000 by 1,000, but by launching a company where middle-class Nigerians can fund Nigerian farmers to raise chickens, sharing in the profits. Meanwhile, a Nigerian nurse decides she could make more impact working with widowed and single women smallholder farmers, helping them automate...

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...

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...

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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