Janade du PlessisGeneral Partner, Launch Africa Ventures and at Five35 Ventures
Janade du Plessis is the co-Founder of Launch Africa Ventures (the most prominent and active Seed stage VC in Africa) and Five35 Ventures (a leading Pan-African female-focused VC fund in Africa). He has previously started and managed a VC fund for a listed African investment bank as well as an impact fund called Abrazo Capital, investing in women in rural areas in Africa. He has invested in over 150 start-ups across these funds.
Janade’s background is as an entrepreneur, investment banker and human behavioural researcher with M&A/Corporate Finance, Management Consulting and Development Finance experience. To date, Janade has travelled to 50 of the 54 African countries. He is an Executive Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), currently mentoring select entrepreneurs. Janade holds a Master’s degree in Finance, Economics and Business Administration and a PhD in Business Science researching the psychographic archetypes of African entrepreneurs.