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SuperReturn Emerging Markets
24-26 June, 2024
Hotel OkuraAmsterdam

Janade du Plessis
Managing Partner at Launch Africa Ventures


Janade du Plessis is a 5-times Fund Manager, currently the Managing Partner of Launch Africa Ventures (the most prominent and active Seed stage VC in Africa). Over the past 3-years, Launch Africa as invested in 148+ companies in 23 Africa n countries. He is the co-founder and now advisor at Five35 Ventures (a leading Pan-African female-focused VC fund in Africa). He has previously started and managed a corporate VC fund for a listed African investment bank, an female-focused Pan-African SME fund, as well as an impact fund called Abrazo Capital. He has invested in over 250+ technology start-ups across these funds. Janade’s background is as an entrepreneur, investment banker and human behavioural researcher with M&A, 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. Janade holds Master’s degrees in Finance, Economics, Pyschology and Business Administration and currently conducting an extensive research study understanding the psychographic archetypes of African entrepreneurs.

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Agenda Sessions

  • Keynote Solo: Raising Capital During an Economic Downturn: Emerging Fund Manager Tips