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Masterclass Session #01: Fundraising for tech startup founders


May 26, 2021 01:52 PM

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Martin Labbé
Tech Sector Development Coordinator @International Trade Centre
Martin coordinates ITC’s Tech Sector Development work and supports the growth strategies of tech startups & SMEs in ten sub-Saharan African countries. He oversees the 10 M USD Netherlands Trust Fund IV (NTF IV) programme and manages directly its Uganda and Senegal tech-sector development projects, in partnership with the local IT & BPO sector associations and tech companies. Martin also designed ITC's Digital Entrepreneurship strategy and its related spin-off, the #FastTrackTech initiative, which was rolled out in 7 African countries at the end of 2019. Its phase 1 will run until Q4 2021. Earlier at ITC, he has been working for six years with Bangladesh’s outsourcing industry and implemented Digital4Development projects in Africa and Central Asia. Before joining ITC, Martin marketed French IT companies in the UK at the French Trade Commission in London between 2003 and 2005. He held a similar position in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 1999 until 2003. Martin has an MA in International Busines
Adramé Ndione
Founder @Vertis Capital
Adramé is an entrepreneur and an Africa focused investment executive with a proven track record of successful investment activities in Africa. Adramé is Founding Partner of Vertis Capital, a West African VC firm and former founding MD of the Gambian Angel Investors Network he lunched in 2019 with a network of 14 investors. In 2016 he Co-Founded Ebano Finance, a French company connecting investors with African companies seeking for funds. As Founding Partner and COO, he extended the company’s operations base into 15 African countries in 2 years. Previously, Adramé held senior investment positions in Private Equity firms in Europe, at I&P (Investisseurs & Partenaires), a pan-african French impact investment firm and Inframed Management, a 350M€ infrastructure investment fund. From 2005 to 2012, Adramé held successive managerial positions in a top tier investment bank in Paris, Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking covering equity derivatives products operations. Adramé receiv