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Zephyr Acorn provides equity financing and business support to innovative early-stage companies in East Africa.
Zephyr Acorn invests in and actively supports innovative early-stage companies across sectors in East Africa that have the potential to scale across the continent and beyond.
Fund Overview & Strategy
We are typically a company's first institutional capital and seek to invest across the following themes: (i) digitization of traditional business models, (ii) use of technology to enhance productivity and deliver cost-effective products and services, (iii) innovation in the distribution or delivery of products and services, and (iv) inclusion of new customer segments with new products and services.
We seek to partner with entrepreneurs who are passionate about a big idea, committed, adaptable, and coachable with strong execution skills and high integrity.
Post-investment, we actively support portfolio companies in areas such as finance, strategy, new market entry, and governance to help build the foundation for future growth.View our Investment Portfolio >
Based in Nairobi, 4G Capital provides micro working capital loans and tech-enabled business training to informal market retailers. 4G is solving the severe lack of access to credit in this large segment of the market by providing unsecured loans disbursed within 24 hours via mobile money through its proprietary scoring algorithm and network of mobile field officers. With its scalable technology platform, 4G seeks to serve microenterprises across the African continent.
Asoko Insight provides data and analytics on private African companies to corporates, investors, advisors and governments on a subscription basis. Using multiple data acquisition channels and applying data science methods, Asoko is solving for the stark lack of data and analytics on private African companies. Customers use Asoko for research, KYC, lead generation and due diligence.
BitPesa is a digital currency payments and trading company providing an international money transfer service to/from the US, Europe and China from/to African countries. BitPesa is currently operating in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda and is expanding to several additional African countries. BitPesa provides international money transfer that is faster, cheaper and more secure than traditional options in the currency corridors in which the company operates.
ConnectHealth (Operating as Siha) provides telemedicine services via mobile app, enabling doctors and patients to connect over text, voice or video. ConnectHealth helps solve significant inefficiencies for both doctors and patients, as a substantial percentage of outpatient visits can be conducted remotely and accessibility to doctors' offices can be difficult. With B2C and B2B offerings, ConnectHealth earns a commission on each user transaction and recurring fees from enterprise customers.
Based in Kigali, GET IT is providing produce and dry goods delivery services, including cold storage, beginning with hotels and restaurants. Through its focus on systems, training and superior execution, GET IT seeks to solve the deficiency of cold storage and logistics services in Rwanda and beyond. The company sources produce directly from farmers, cutting out several middlemen who add little value, providing higher quality products at lower cost. GET IT is also introducing new, high demand products to the East African market.
Based in Kigali, SafeMotos is an online motorcycle taxi platform that connects riders and drivers over the company's mobile application. From data collected on drivers' smartphones, SafeMotos provides drivers with safety scores and drivers must maintain a certain score to remain on the platform. SafeMotos is providing rides that are cheaper, safer and more convenient than the status quo.
Shortlist uses technology to help companies hire better employees faster. Shortlist sources applicants from multiple channels, then screens them using chat-based interviews, online skills assessments and other proprietary tools that predict how candidates will perform on the job. Shortlist delivers to the employer interview-ready candidates, enabling companies to reduce the time they spend on recruiting and hire better employees.
Based in Nairobi, Yum Deliveries provides on-demand delivery of food to diners from restaurants and fast food franchises in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Yum offers a B2C food ordering service that allows users to order food for delivery from restaurants via Yum's website, mobile app or call center. Yum is also the exclusive delivery provider for fast food franchises in East Africa.
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Thomas C. Barry
Zephyr Acorn LLC.
Ikigai, JGO 90,
James Gichuru Rd.,
Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
Zephyr Management, L.P.
320 Park Avenue, 22nd Floor,
New York, NY 10022