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Driving Fintech Innovation in Africa | (with Zachariah George, Managing Partner of Launch Africa Ventures) | Fintech

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Africa is leading a FinTech revolution, with the industry expected to be worth $30 billion by 2025.   

In this episode, we speak with Zachariah George, Managing Partner of Launch Africa Ventures, about his journey to getting into VCs in Africa and the future of Fintech in the region. He also discusses the best Fintech success stories, and the fundamental provision for financial services in Africa.  

Join us for an insightful conversation on the state and future of VCs in Africa with Zachariah George!  


00:00 Zach’s background
07:44 Zach’s journey to get into VC in Africa
12:40 The birth of VC in Africa
25:05 The future of Fintech in Africa
40:47 Africa’s best Fintech success stories
51:54 The fundamental provision for financial services in Africa

Episode Guest

Zachariah George

Managing Partner of Launch Africa Ventures

Zachariah (Zach) George is a Managing Partner at Launch Africa Ventures – Africa’s leading Seed Venture Capital Fund solving the significant gap in the pre-Series A investment landscape in Africa. He is also the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Startupbootcamp AfriTech – the leading multi-corporate backed venture accelerator program in Africa. Zach is widely recognized as one of Africa’s most prominent Angel investors, with investments in 50+ of the leading tech startups in Africa including Flutterwave, Kudabank, MPost, Peach Payments, RecoMed and several others.

Podcast hosts

Ronit Ghose

Global Head, Future of Finance at Citi

Ronit Ghose is the Global Head, Future of Finance, Citi’s think tank for the future of money and technology. Ronit’s current areas of focus include Digital Assets, the Metaverse, Web3, the applications of AI to Finance and other frontier topics. Previously, Ronit was Global Head of Banks and Fintech Research for Citi.

Ronit is an Advisor to various Governments, Universities, VC investors and tech firms in the UK, UAE and Africa. Prior to joining Citi, he worked at the British Bankers’ Association and was a research assistant in the UK Parliament for a former Prime Minister. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford & a postgraduate diploma from the University of London.

Gaurav Dhar

Group CEO of Marshal Fintech Partners

Gaurav is a seasoned leader in the FinTech industry and currently serves as the Group CEO of Marshal Fintech Partners in Dubai. He is also a board member of Deem Bank, The Mena Fintech Association and TiE Dubai.

With over 19 years of experience at Marshal, he has established himself as a pioneering force in the development of FinTech ecosystems and solutions. 

By devoting his personal time to working with innovators, he has built an extensive network of relationships with VCs, incubators, accelerators, start-ups, and angel syndicates, both locally and globally.

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