by: Paul Higgins
Download PDF

It is an exciting time right now in Africa. Over the past several years, we have seen a large growth and boom in Africa, specifically in parts of East Africa. One of the industries that is leading the way in development is the mobile industry. The regional tech startup scene in the area continues to experience growing interest from venture capital firms, angel investors, and other funding groups from outside the region.

Today we had the opportunity to speak with Matia Mandela. Matia is based out of East Africa and has a large experience in partnership building with a focus on emergent technologies and innovation for the growth of entrepreneurship in Africa. Matia spoke about some of the recent developments with partnerships between the m:lab East Africa division of the World Bank and Grow VC International to promote the efforts of East Africa’s mobile entrepreneurship development services as well as the creation of the Pivot East Network which directly supports the Pivot East Competition. The Pivot East competion to bring together entrepreneurs and investors interested in the current opportunities in Africa.

Matia can be contacted directly through Twitter at @matiamandela and via LinkedIn at

The link for the Pivot East Network is and the blog can be found at

You can listen to the podcast by clicking the “play” button below or through this direct link (right click to save).

Learn More About Grow VC Group Companies

Crowd Valley, Startup Commons, Kapipal, Grow Advisors, TradeUp Fund, Deal Index, Crowdcitee, p2p Safety, Crowd Index Fund, Commoditarian

Join Our Team

We are always looking for talented, entrepreneurial and driven doers to join our growing global group of companies in various positions and locations around the world. If you think you have what it takes, apply now!

Other posts you may enjoy

About the author

Paul Higgins COO of Crowd Valley. Experienced with early stage companies, expertise in b2b software business and sales in Europe, North America, and South America. Paul has 5 years’ experience working as an advisor and consultant to startups as part of Rapid Innovation Group, a specialist advisory firm on strategy and business development for technology startups worldwide, based in London. In that time he has worked with two startups that achieved 8-figure exits; he has been a regular blogger on entrepreneurship and innovation; and he has contributed to numerous business and technology publications in the UK and the US as an expert on growth-stage strategy, marketing, pricing, and business development. Previously Paul worked in technology and marketing roles at eBay, IBM, UBS, and Barclays. He has lived and worked in Portugal and speaks fluent French and Portuguese. Follow Paul on Google+ and Twitter.

Tags: , ,

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 11:18 pm and is filed under Entrepreneur Motivation, Startup Investors, Startup Podcast, VC Capital. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.