• We provide smart capital to build scalable businesses

    that leverage Technology to transform Africa.

  • MANIFESTO

     

    Outlierz Ventures is a Morocco-based VC fund dedicated to Africa startups.

    We invest in tech-enabled companies solving a real problem with a scalable business model,

    in a a key industry across 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 see risks.

    We are Outlierz.

     

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

     

  • What we do

    We invest in tech-enabled companies founded by extraordinary founders, solving a real problem

    in a a key industry across Africa, with a scalable business model.

     

    SEED STAGE

    We invest small tickets n Seed stage companies with a product on the market, a solid team and some traction.

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

    PRE-SERIES A & SERIES A

    We co-invest along-side other investors in Pre-Series A or Series A rounds of $1-3M in companies with good traction and revenue preparing for expansion.

    STRATEGIC INVESTORS

    We provide advice, insights from our network of world-class advisors and industry experts, and most importantly, access to market - especially in the Francophone African market.

  • Who we back

    We back Africa-based startups and African diaspora entrepreneurs based anywhere in the world.

    We particularly like B2B business models. We are industry agnostic but are excited about fintech, insurtech, logistics, distribution & retail, agritech and health tech.

    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 in the industry they're tackling.

    STAGE & TRACTION

    We take startups that already have a product on the market. We love to see traction and revenue as evidence of how you've hustled thus far to find product market-fit or are on the way to.

    SCALABLE BUSINESS MODEL

    We look for innovative models with low capital intensity in any industry using technology to build a business that can scale and expand to other markets.

    GLOBAL OR REGIONAL MARKET

    We invest in startups that think regional, continental or global from Day ONE and have the right business model and attitude to do so.

  • 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

    Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Philanthrope

    Global Advisor / USA - Middle East

    Partner & Country Director

    Afric Invest

    Local Advisor / Morocco

    Administrator / former-CEO, 

    BMCI bank and Bank of the West 

    (BNP Paris-Bas Group) 

    Local Advisor / Morocco

    Founder & Chairman M2T

    Experienced entrepreneur, Angel investor

    Advisor / Morocco

    Hassan BA

    Special Advisor to the Chairman

    on Africa, OCP

    Venture Partner / Morocco

    Lawyer & Founding Partner,

    Afrique Advisors

    Venture Partner / Morocco

    Founding Partner, Outlierz Ventures

    Managing Director, Omniup

    Venture Partner / Morocco

    Founder & Managing Partner

    Outlierz Ventures

    General Partner / 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.

  • 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 does the process work?

    We typically go through 3 phases: 1/ Screening & Interview - 2/ Qualification Phase & Due Diligence - 3/ Investment Phase.

    1- Screening & Interview

    We are talking to and meeting entrepreneurs on a rolling basis.

    If we like what you do, we will follow up with you to schedule interviews and learn more about your team, company and vision.

    We also make sure you have the opportunity to ask us questions about how we work and our value when we back companies.

    2- Qualification Phase & Due Diligence

    For companies at Seed stage, if we are excited about what you are doing, we will engage with you for few months to get to know you better and help you with advice and access to market. This will help us see how you execute and will tell us more than any conventional due diligence process would at this stage. If the test goes well, we take you to Investment Committee.

    For Pre-Series A and Series A companies, we go through a more typical due diligence process.

    3- Investment Phase

    Once you are ready, we take you to Investment Committee that will make a final decision.

     

    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 money 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. Depending on your stage and 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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