NIGERIA – Oui Capital, an Africa-focused venture capital firm based in Lagos and Massachusetts, has announced the completion of the first close of its US$30 million second fund, Oui Capital Mentors Fund II, as part of its efforts to strengthen its footprint on the continent.
Angur Nagpal’s Vibe Capital, D Global Ventures, Boston-based One Way Ventures, and Ground Squirrel Ventures are among the global VCs involved in this second round.
As limited partners in Oui Capital’s second fund, a mix of individual and VC investors were welcomed. Individual investors included Foundry Group partners Brad Feld, Seth Levine, and Ryan McIntyre, Gbenga Oyebode, Alitheia Capital’s Tokunboh Ismael, Idris Alubankudi, and TeamApt CEO Tosin Eniolorunda.
The second US$30 million fund, like the first, will support Sub-Saharan African firms in the pre-seed and seed phases. So far, the firm has completed its first close at somewhat more than US$11 million, with the full close expected to be completed by Q4 2022.
He stated that one of the reasons the firm was able to accomplish this is due to the “sparks” that determine which startup to invest in or not: team, market, customer and tech understanding, and customer satisfaction.
According to Oyinsan, the firm would seek to cover the entire range of investments up to Series A, including bridge rounds, an activity that will be accelerated, especially given the present venture capital shortage.
In terms of follow-on capital, Oui Capital’s managing partner stated that such investments are made proactively as part of the firm’s continuing portfolio monitoring. Currently, Oui Capital has made follow-on investments in around 20% of its portfolio companies.
“We go the extra mile with founders whom we partner with and this is why we maintain a relatively smaller portfolio compared to many seed funds. However, there is a critical distinction between the responsibilities of a VC as an investor and as a fund manager,” said the managing partner.
“Being an investor begets the type of die-hard optimism and support as earlier described.
“Being an effective fund manager also puts the fiduciary responsibility on you to know when to stop devoting scarce resources to problems that might prove too difficult to fix and dedicate these resources to higher-performing companies in your portfolio to minimize losses and maximize investor value.”
The firm, founded in 2019 by Olu Oyinsan and Francesco Andreoli, raised US$10 million for its first fund. Since then, Oui Capital has made 18 investments in several technological sectors, including fintech, logistics and mobility, e-commerce, healthcare, and enterprise software.
TeamApt, MVX, Akiba Digital, Duplo, Ndovu, Maad, Intelligra, Aifluence, and Pharmacy Marts are a few examples.
The firm intends to increase its investments in North Africa and Francophone Africa, two regions that saw increased startup and venture capital activity last year, when African tech funding reached record highs in correlation with worldwide data.