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  • A group of women angel investors harnessing their power, network, passion and capital to create a New Africa

  • Access to High Potential Early Stage Co-investment Opportunities.

    The Rising Tide Program brings together Women Business Angel Investor-Mentors harnessing their power, network, passion and capital to positively impact the success of early stage investments and actively create a renaissance in the African economy.
  • Join a Global Network of Investor-Mentors

    An enriching investment experience; Diverse cross-border investment portfolios of high potential start-ups, mentored by subject matter experts; Unique education and mentoring opportunities for women angels throughout the investment process; and A global angel community of successful business women investor-mentors across the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa
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About Us

Rising Tide Africa functions as part of a Global movement of The Rising Tide Program for Africa. It constitutes a group of women angel investors harnessing their power, network, passion and capital to positively impact and actively create a New Africa.

Rising Tide Africa (RTA) is a unique, trans-border women-oriented investment program and funded by private investors who believe they will bring about positive change by investing in the continent’s exciting start-ups and next generation to create a New Africa.

Rising Tide Africa will be powered by ARM Securities Limited and ARM Trustees Limited, both members of the ARM Group which have been leading investments in entrepreneurial ventures and are dedicated to bringing about a better Africa. In particular, ARM Securities will be bringing its financial advisory experience to help power “Rising Tide Africa” and will also share deal-flows on a case-by-case basis.

RTA shall be a leading and pre-eminent managed investment pool primarily focused on investments in digitally and technology-enabled companies. This will bring a quantitative as well as qualitative return to improving the lives and lifestyles on the African continent, by, for example, providing access to health, education, energy, water, agriculture, commerce, transport, and several communications services and infrastructure. RTA will also be actively involved in the promotion of investment literacy among women in Africa.

It is intended that Rising Tide Africa shall be a preferred equity partner in Africa and a first mover in technology and digitally-enabled, early-stage technology investing in most parts of Africa. RTA seeks to pursue investment opportunities that have the potential to yield strong financial returns and significant social impact in Africa.

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Rising Tide Africa

Rising Tide Africa shall also engage in educating and training women to become sophisticated angel investors through its Programme, while offering them the opportunity to build a diversified portfolio of investments and receive mentoring from other women who are experienced angel investors.

Our Partners

Rising Tide Africa Partners with.

Go Beyond Investing enables novice & experienced, small & large investors, to access angel investing as an asset class through its unique platform

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The Next Wave Program and Network is a global movement to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class.

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ARM Securities Limited is a limited liability company licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as Issuing House and Broker-Dealer firm respectively.

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Intercontinental Trust Limited ("ITL") is licensed by the Mauritius Financial Services Commission to provide a comprehensive range of financial and fiduciary services to international businesses

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African Business Angel Network (ABAN) is a pan African non-profit association founded to support the development of early stage investor networks across the continent and to get many more (early stage) investors excited about the opportunities in Africa. ABAN seeks to promote a culture of Angel investing across Africa.

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EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor gathering over 150 member organizations more than 50 countries today. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs.

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The Lagos Angel Network (LAN) is a “not for profit” entity set up for the purpose of organizing seed funders (“Business Angels”) to invest in start-up businesses. LAN is the first members’ only network in Nigeria specifically created to finance early-stage and start-up businesses.

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The Board

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Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien
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Evelyn Oputu
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Yemi Keri
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Isabelle De Melo
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Hedda Pahlson-Moller

Members of the Rising Tide Lagos Network

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Adanma Onuogbu
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Nireti Adebayo
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Candace Johnson
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Alicia Robb
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Oyinda Adelumola
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Brigitte Baunmann
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Ayokanmi Ayuba
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Bimbo Onakomaiya
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Fatumata Soukouna
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Olanike Jagun
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Olatuwon Candid-Johnson
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Barbara Iyayi
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Lola Shogbesan
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Laitan Oduwaiye
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Enase Okonedo
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Eileen Shaiyen
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Mosun Ogunbanjo
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Ivana Osagie
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Maya Horgan Famodu
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Funmi Roberts
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Ngozi Edozien

Why Join Rising Tide Africa

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Upcoming Events


15th - 17th November 2017
African Angel Investors Summit
Cape Town, South Africa

Africa’s early stage investor community comes together November 15th and 16th, with a bonus ‘Cape Town Innovation Tour’ November 17th for the 4th annual African Early Stage Investor Summit

Register here
16th - 22nd November 2017
High Growth Africa Summit
Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana

HGAS will be a two-day intensive series of workshops and master-classes on how to launch, scale and fund high growth African Business.

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Clementine Vervelde
Clementine Vervelde
Founder & CEO

Clementine Murekatete Vervelde is the founder and CEO of Limitless Mind Africa, which focuses on how African nations can join and continue to link with economic trade zones to grow bigger and faster as a whole. A Rwandan-Dutch Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Philanthropist: having been an expatriate for 20 years across five different countries, raising six children and fluent in five languages; she is also a member of Rising Tide Europe Fund, Go Beyond Investing, and the Lagos YPO Board.

Uche Ogboi
Uche Ogboi
Associate Principal

Uche Ogboi is an Associate Principal, Investments at EchoVC Partners. Prior to joining EchoVC, Uche worked at Citi for close to 8 years as an Investment Banker. Focusing mainly on M&A advisory and structured products, Uche was involved in deploying over $8billion of capital across various regions including Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Whilst at Citi, Uche managed the bank’s SME fund and its other equity investments and was involved in structuring the bank’s agriculture lending initiative. In her first year at Citi, she was selected to be part of a one-year leadership programme where she gained experience in technology, finance, equities, fixed income, export and agency finance and credit risk, across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Before joining Citi, Uche worked as an Accountant for 2 years at Edexcel, a distribution company in the music industry. Uche attended the University of Birmingham where she studied Accounting and Finance.

Damilola Thompson
Damilola Thompson
Corporate Counsel

Damilola Thompson is Corporate Counsel of EchoVC Partners. Prior to this, she worked for a top-tier law firm in Lagos, Nigeria for over 3 years, with core competencies in Corporate, Venture Capital and Private Equity transactions. During this period, she drove seed/early-stage financing transactions for startups, and represented African and international investors. In her years of legal practice, she has gained experience and acted as a legal adviser to a number of companies involved in Microfinance, Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Mobile money.

Ms. Thompson is passionate about startups and venture financing, and providing early-stage companies with much needed mentorship required for scaling. She has a graduate degree from the University of Lagos and has completed various post-graduate courses including the Kauffman Fellows Academy’s course on venture capital. She is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria.

She is currently a mentor with the Unreasonable Institute, Nigeria and provides mentorship to a number of startups.

Dr Titilola Akinlade
Dr Titilola Akinlade
CEO

Dr Titilola Akinlade is an Information Technology professional with about 40 years’ experience spanning public, academic and private sectors. She spent about 25 years in the Upstream Oil and Gas sector, where she led several local and international work teams through strategic planning, acquisition, implementation and operation of Information and Telecommunication Technology systems and services.

She is also a certified Project Manager (PMP), with over 10 years' experience managing mostly ERP software projects such as SAP.

In the late '70s and '80s, she taught Computer Science at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and the University of Lagos. She recently returned to the latter as a Fellow in the Department of Computer Science. She also teaches Management Information System at Lagos Business School.

She is a Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and a member of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN).

Dr Akinlade was a mentor in the ExxonMobil-sponsored Women-Mentoring-Women programme, where she won the best Mentor Award for 2 consecutive years. She also does volunteer work with her Estate Residents’ Association.

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  • I accept that the loss of such investment will not significantly diminish my economic wellbeing;

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