• We provide smart capital to grow investable startups in Africa

  • MANIFESTO

     

    Outlierz is a Morocco-based seed investment firm - by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs -

    dedicated to providing smart capital to startups in Africa.

     

    We see tremendous opportunities at the intersection of tech, entrepreneurship and African economies.

    We believe there is talent but not enough money and appropriate resources

    to grow scalable startups from these emerging ecosystems.

     

    We endeavor to change this and enable brilliant entrepreneurs to grow successful businesses from Africa to the World, thus curating quality dealflow for early-stage investors and ultimately the success stories our continent needs.

     

    We are backed by some of the world's brightest, most successful entrepreneurs and angel investors.

     

    We are pioneers. Our attitude is entrepreneurship.

    We see opportunities where others only see risks.

    We are Outlierz.

     

    "IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT'S DONE" - MANDELA

     

  • What we do

    We invest time and money in pre-seed and seed stage startups

    founded by extraordinary entrepreneurs.

    SEED STAGE

    We invest $50-200K in seed stage startups with a product on the market, a solid team and some traction.

    SERIES A ROUNDS

    We also invest along-side other investors in Series A rounds of $2-3M in growing companies with good traction and revenue.

    MORE THAN JUST MONEY

    We provide hands-on advice, resources and access to our global network of world-class mentors and investors.

    Our goal is to take you to the next round of funding.

  • How it works

    Our process is pretty simple yet sharp. We don't like to waste our time neither yours.

    1- Screening

    Tell us about what you're building

    We are meeting entrepreneurs on a rolling basis.

    If we like your idea, we will follow up with you to learn more about you, your company and your vision, and also be sure to save time so you can ask us questions about what we do and our value when we back companies.

    2- Qualification phase

    Time and targeted advice before money

    If we like you and are excited about what you are doing, we work closely with you for a few months to help you grow and see how you execute. This will tell us more than any conventional due diligence process would at this stage. If the test goes well after a few months, the Outlierz Investment Committee will then make a decision.

    3- Investment phase

    If we love you we will invest

    Once you are ready, the Investment Committee will decide quickly and make an offer within a few weeks.

  • Who we back

    We invest in Africa-based startups and in African entrepreneurs based anywhere in the world who are building products that are truly necessary to Africa's development.

    FOUNDERS FIRST

    We back AWESOME founders first. Ideas can change.

    We look for ambitious and passionate hustlers who can execute and learn fast, but who also have relevant experience to the specific product they're building.

    STAGE & TRACTION

    We take startups that already have a product on the market. We love to see some traction, revenue as evidence of how you've hustled thus far. As a strategic investor, it's also important to us that we can identify specific areas where your needs align with areas where we provide strong value.

    SCALABLE BUSINESS MODEL

    We look for innovative models with low capital intensity in any industry using technology to build a scalable business.

    GLOBAL OR REGIONAL MARKET

    We invest in startups that think global or regional from Day ONE and can scale quickly, especially by optimizing their digital marketing program.

  • Advisors & Team

    We are backed by some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs

    and experienced angel investors.

    CEO

    YCombinator

    Global Advisor / San Francisco, USA

    Venture Partner MENA

    500 startups

    Global Advisor / Bahrain

    Co-founder & CEO

    Enigma.io

    Global Advisor / NYC, USA

    Founder & Chairman

    Medtech Group

    Local Advisor / Morocco

    Partner & Country Director

    Afric Invest

    Local Advisor / Morocco

    Managing Partner Omniup

    Partner Capital Maroc

    Board Member / Morocco

    Laila Slassi

    Attorney & Founding Partner

    Afrique Advisors

    Board Member / Morocco

    Founder & Managing Partner

    Board member & Team / Morocco

    Director of Portfolio Management

    Team / Morocco

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    Team / Morocco

    Growth Hacking Expert

    Team / Morocco

  • APPLICATION

    If you are on to something, we definitely want to hear from you!

    There is no deadline, applications are open all year round.

     

    We will start reviewing the next batch of applications by June 1st.

  • FAQ

    Here are the answers to key questions you may ask

    How can I apply?

    Click the APPLY button on this website or follow this link.

     

    What are your criteria?

    First and foremost, we look to back agile entrepreneurs who are solving problems that we see as being truly fundamental to the advancement of Africa and our continent's people.

     

    Beyond that, here are the criteria we look for in companies we engage:

    • The company already has a product in the market with ideally some traction and/or revenue. Exclusive partnerships count.
    • There is clear regional or continental growth potential given 1) the model and 2) the relevance of the product to different geographies. 
    • The product itself is not very capital intensive and can be scaled with investment in personnel, marketing and product dev. along with strategic guidance and application of best practices.
    • The specific needs of the company - in terms of where you could use support - aligns with specialties of our firm and/or geography. (We especially like startups based elsewhere in Africa who have strategically identified Morocco as a target next market and/or need digital marketing support!)

    Requirement: the founders are either a) based in Africa or b) based elsewhere but their product is expressly focused on the African market and seeks to serve African citizens.

     

    Is there a deadline to apply?

    No. We accept applications all-year-round. However, we review applications and conduct interview processes in batches every quarter.

     

    How will Outlierz provide value to my startup?

    We invest more than just money. We believe that getting the right advice, mindset, connections and access to market at the seed stage is, most of the time, more valuable than just cash and will be more vital to your longterm success. Once you are in, we dedicate ourselves and our resources to help you grow.

     

    Of course, we know you will need capital to fund that growth, so we make an investment decision after working with you, validating our assumptions and goals together, and ensuring you have the chance to get to know us.

     

    How long does it take to get investment?

    Our interview process is rather straightforward - we try to keep it to less than a month. Once you have successfully passed the interview process, we start the Qualification Phase where we deploy our resources and work with you to help you grow your startup before we make an ultimate investment decision. This phase can take a few months to several depending on your execution capacity and speed.
     

    Will you sign an NDA?

    No. We think it is a waste of time at this stage and we believe in building a relationship with you on trust from Day One. Here's why.

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