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Viridian grows ecosystems.

Viridian is a dynamic and experienced team that designs and delivers early-stage entrepreneur and investor programmes, research and strategy. We care deeply about achieving impact and creating thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems with our partners. We want to see more high-impact entrepreneurs and angel investors across the continent building innovative solutions and growing shared prosperity.

Let’s do it together.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"Viridian’s programme design is based on deep understanding of African contextual challenges and entrepreneurial needs. They’re an exceptionally easy partner to work with – the Viridian team is a high-calibre group of energetic, committed, passionate individuals, focused on quality execution and delivery. "
– Shirley Gilbey, Director, UK-South Africa Tech Hub
"Viridian has played a critical role in the formulation of The V&A Waterfront Business Strategy and Purpose Journey. They have provided key insights, research and consultancy services that have informed how we drive shared value and innovation cluster principles into our ecosystem. We value this relationship and continue sharing a mutually beneficial relationship with the team."
– Henry Mathys, Programme Manager: Social Inclusion and Placemaking, V&A Waterfront
"It has been a pleasure working with the Viridian team. Not only are they deeply insightful subject matter experts, but they always strive to deliver a quality product, on time. As a client my experience has been that they have always added value to enrich the intended outcome and impact for beneficiaries and clients alike."
– Olivia Dyers, Director: Digital Leadership, Department of Economic Development & Tourism, Western Cape Provincial Government

WHERE WE WORK

Based in Cape Town, Viridian trains entrepreneurs, angel investors and ecosystem players from across the continent.

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COUNTRIES
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AFRICA

SA | ZAMBIA | NAMIBIA | BOTSWANA| TANZANIA KENYA | CAMEROON | COTE D'IVOIRE | NIGERIA GHANA | THE GAMBIA | MAURITIUS | SENEGAL | MOROCCO

What we offer

Programme design and implementation

Viridian designs innovative programmes aimed at entrepreneurs, hubs and investors, and then rolls them out with precision, delivering outstanding outcomes.

Ecosystem mapping and research

Viridian maps and researches entrepreneurial ecosystems, resources and trends across sub-Saharan Africa, enabling our clients to deep dive into exciting new opportunities.

Strategy and thought leadership

The experienced Viridian team and our continent-wide associates offer expert advice and insights into entrepreneurship, investment and ecosystem development in the African context.

OUR IMPACT IN 2020/21

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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Client: Royal Academy of Engineering

This self-directed, mentor-led virtual training programme allows 16 African entrepreneurs to curate their learning journey based on their own unique business needs, with a specific focus on investment readiness, while engaging on a digital community platform.

Covid-19 support infographics
Client: UK-South Africa Tech Hub

This set of three infographics, produced with a couple of weeks of heading into lockdown, guided entrepreneurs to funds, resources and communities that could help and support them.

Introduction to Strategic Foresight online short course
Client: Southern African Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme

This 6-module course trained municipalities from five African countries in a selection of strategic foresight tools and methods, to drive innovation in their ecosystems.

Express Expert
Client: UK-South Africa Tech Hub

Express Expert was designed as a quick yet high impact intervention to support South African entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 lockdown, building financial and personal resilience through access to expert coaches and accountants.

Introduction to Early-Stage Investing online short course
Client: Western Cape Government Department for Economic Development and Tourism

This 10-module online short course is an introduction to early-stage investing for professionals and new investors, both locally in the Western Cape and across South Africa.

The African Angel Academy
Client: Southern African Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme

The African Angel Academy was designed and developed as a Pan-African consortium with ABAN and VBAN, aiming to grow and connect African angel investors and groups. The 11-module online course and community is available as a standalone course or as a tailored programme for cohorts.

Launch League entrepreneur and hub training programmes
Client: UK-South Africa Tech Hub

Launch League is a training and support programme for South African entrepreneurship hubs, equipping them with the skills, confidence, network and ready-to-go open licence programme pack to support early-stage businesses.

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