We build ventures in Africa.

We build companies and products, on our own and with strategic partners, and help global investors to build, scale, and support African portfolios.

Africa is set to define the future.

If demographics are destiny and outcomes are tied to growth, Africa is only accelerating its global relevance over the coming decades. In the next thirty years, 25% of the global population will reside in Africa. It is the fastest-growing continent in the world measured by both population and GDP, with six of the 10 fastest growing economies and fourteen Sub-Saharan African nations with annual growth rates greater than 6%. Given this trajectory, it's inevitable that many of the worlds most valuable and valued brands and institutions will grow from Africa.

The most important problems, and biggest opportunities, of the 21st century are in Africa. To meet these challenges, the continent's entrepreneurs and creatives will make themselves heard.
Akili exists to support and build with them.

  • Climate

  • Health

  • Energy

  • Mobility

  • Food

  • Logistics

  • Finance

  • Education

  • Work

  • Lifestyle

  • Music

  • Art

Current Obsessions

We're building a portfolio of companies aligned with these theses.

  • Sustainable Industrialization

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  • Reintegrating Finance

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  • The Future of Work & Education

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  • Post-Covid Public Health

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Portfolio and Partners

Whether homegrown, acquisition, investment, joint venture or strategic partnership, our portfolio benefits from our shared resources. We're building a network of incredible products and ventures in Africa.

  • Arabella
  • Edwin
  • Vayu
  • Akili Scout
  • Akili Dev
  • CIO
  • Brass
  • Explorer Academy
  • Thebe
  • Catalyst Fund
  • Chancen
  • Demo Africa
  • Stealth Industrial
  • Somo
  • Yam
  • Stealth SaaS
  • Stealth CPG
  • Stealth Health

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have other questions or issues, please contact us.

  • What do you mean by "we build ventures"?

    We're not in this to join cap tables. We're in this to build companies. To that end, we tend to source opportunities to build new businesses that otherwise don't exist. We source ideas from our own theses, strategic partners, and occasionally exceptional entrepreneurs at the idea stage, and work together to build new ventures from 0 to 1. We are operators, product people, and entrepreneurs first; investors second.

  • What types of partner do you work with?

    A number of people on our team come from the Prehype network, where we've learned that interesting problems are a currency for the best entrepreneurs, and corporates, foundations, and strategic partners are a wonderful source of interesting problems. We've found that by partnering with them to solve their interesting problems, we can unlock things like capital, strategic advantage, and value chain integration for many of the ventures that we build.

  • Will you invest in my startup?

    Possibly. While we focus more on building new businesses from scratch, we do run an angel syndicate, advise large organizations on African investments, and occasionally write checks from our balance sheet. If you feel strongly that we can help you, contact us.

  • Can I have a job?

    You specifically? No idea, introduce yourself! But generally, yes. As a network we're always on the lookout for incredible operators, venture partners, and entrepreneurs to add to our growing network and team. We'll be listing opportunities on this site, but until then, drop us a line.

  • Where are you located?

    We have venture partners, entrepreneurs, designers, developers and many other team members distributed across the globe. We're primarily in Nairobi, Kampala, Lusaka, New York, London and Warsaw.