For the first time, two innovators win the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

  Electrical engineer Anatoli Kirigwajjo wins with community ‘panic button’ inspired by traditional African warning drums. Biomedical engineer Edmund Wessels selected for increasing access to reproductive healthcare for women in remote areas, with portable device for gynaecology. Both innovators are awarded £25,000. Edmund Wessels, a South African biomedical engineer, and Anatoli Kirigwajjo, a Ugandan electrical engineer, have jointly won […]

Women’s Day 2023 – Women-focused resource, opportunity, and event roundup

Viridian is a female-owned business, with a predominantly female team, and proud of it. In this blog post, we’re excited to spotlight a collection of helpful resources, upcoming events, and exciting opportunities for women-led businesses.   Opportunities for female founders: Grindstone X opportunity Are you the female founder of a tech startup in South Africa […]

African Angel Academy partners with DGGF and FMO Ventures

African Angel Academy partners with DGGF and FMO to accelerate angel investing activity in East and West Africa.   The African Angel Academy (AAA) is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with DGGF (Dutch Good Growth Fund), an investment initiative from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and FMO, the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank. As sponsors, DGGF and FMO […]

Viridian is hiring: Project Finance Officer

 Cape Town We are looking for a detailed orientated, highly organised Project Finance Officer and Bookkeeper to take full ownership of the financial management of our various projects as well as work with the CEO and COO to successfully manage the finance function for Viridian.  The ideal candidate thrives in an environment where quality and […]

Viridian is hiring: French-speaking Programme Manager

  Context: The African Angel Academy (AAA) ( is the first online programme for new and aspiring African angel investors, run by the Viridian team in Cape Town in partnership with ViKtoria Ventures in Nairobi. Over the past 3 years, the programme has trained over 400 new angels from 15 African countries. The programme consists […]

The Blue Economy and Blue Tech investment opportunities

Viridian has run the African Angel Academy since 2021, training close to 400 emerging angels from 12 African countries. In partnership with OceanHub Africa and supported by GIZ, we recently presented a masterclass for angels on Blue Tech and the sustainable blue economy. What do these terms mean, and what are the investment opportunities out […]

Mentorship works

By Michelle Matthews, Director: Product at Viridian Viridian is an impact agency working across African entrepreneurial ecosystems: we support and train early-stage investors and finance-ready entrepreneurs to grow, connect and create shared prosperity. Working in the entrepreneurial space for nearly a decade, and as entrepreneurs ourselves, we know that most entrepreneurs experience common challenges: Feeling […]

2022 in Review: This is what Viridian got up to

Our annual reflection always comes with a sense of deep gratitude because we know the time, effort, and commitment it takes to do the work that we do – together. To help us visualise our key moments of the year, we’ve put together a mini report spotlighting the work we’re proud of, and we invite […]

Solopreneurship: The answer to South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis

by Michelle Matthews With the current youth unemployment of 65.5% in South Africa, it is clear most young people will not get a formal job. Realistically, only a small proportion of them could potentially develop into high-growth entrepreneurs. Michelle Matthews discusses how solopreneurship might offer opportunities for South Africa’s unemployed youth. A million jobs, one […]

Angel investors plug early-stage funding gap in Africa

by Alexandra Fraser One of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurial startups in sub-Saharan Africa is funding – particularly early-stage financial support – even though the landscape across the region has evolved over the past few years with more funders and capital deployed in this space. This has been driven primarily by a growing appetite for […]