The scale program is designed for businesses who want to leverage our team and partners to scale. Read more about the program here.
We invest in seed stage technology businesses in the health and fintech sectors. These businesses should have:
We invest USD$300k in cash and services ($100k cash and $200k services). The value of these services is non-negotiable.
We prefer to invest in unpriced/convertible instruments (e.g. SAFE with an appropriate valuation cap, no discount) and help you achieve a priced round that minimises your dilution by maximising your future valuation. This means our implied equity stake will be determined by your valuation cap. Our typical implied equity range is 5%-15%.
Not initially. We make the investment as Founders Factory Africa, so you won’t even see their name on the cap table. The only time they have any rights is at the point of a liquidity event, meaning the venture is looking to be acquired. At this point the corporate investors have the right of first refusal. If a venture reaches this point, it has already been a great success for everybody!
Beta & User Testing
Validated Value Proposition
Up to US$10m
All pre-seed milestones +
Revenue Model & Pricing
Early Product Market Fit (User Traction)
Up to US$4m
All pre-seed & seed milestones +
Customer Acquisition Growth
Product & Market Expansion
Up to US$15m
The Founders Factory approach to investment is founders first. We keep things as simple as possible. Standard SAFE note, no discount, no special rights, and no liquidation preferences on exits! We come in on the same terms as founders and are committed to the same journey as you are. If we love your team/business, we are happy to co-invest or come in as a single investor. We will take direct equity stakes if required, though we prefer not to attribute valuations too early if there is limited information available.
FFA's operational team specializes in Business Strategy, User experience, Product development, Engineering, Growth marketing & demand generation, strategic partnerships, and Fundraising. Our goal is to help you go further and faster with proven repeatable methodologies that are designed for scaling businesses.
The program is bespoke so we tailor our support to the specific needs of each business. Startups can expect anything from weekly product coaching sessions, setting up your growth infrastructure, helping you design pilots, to supporting you to develop, implement and validate your commercial strategy, understanding how to build deep and successful relationships with corporates.
In addition to these things, startups will also get access to premium tools, discounts, and offers from top tier providers including AWS; receive free desk space at our Johannesburg offices and preferred access to our network of angel, venture, and corporate investors.
Our corporate partners offer different types of support. These include access to experts who can support you with validation or technical challenges you might be facing alongside exploring whether or not your business might be a potential commercial partner they can work with. The FFA Partnerships team will work with you to understand the support that is right for you based on the stage of your business. Based on what you need FFA will support you either by engaging with corporate partners - or exploring alternative channels to secure what it is you need.
No, we won't sign an NDA. Our global reputation is based on our ability to work with a diverse portfolio while maintaining strict confidentiality with every venture.
application & Screening
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, however, we target to close founder engagement between 6-8 weeks
Qualifying & Selection
Final selections of startups take place at our Investment Committee (IC). Ahead of the IC, the FFA team and our corporate experts will conduct interviews with shortlisted startups.
Once due diligence is completed and the agreements are signed, you’ll begin engagement with our team on a pre-scale sprint to help us understand where your business is at.
The scale program runs for 6 months .The program is bespoke to each startups with needs defined in monthly sprint planning sessions and execution through regular coaching with experts across Product, Engineering, Growth, Strategic Partnerships and Investment Readiness.
Yes, that's not a problem. However, we prefer startups not to be on other programs whilst participating in the FFA scale program. Your resources are already lean enough and we’ve found that startups struggle to juggle.
Scale program is designed for businesses with products already in the market. Check out our Build Program if you have an idea stage business/concept.
"FFA's venture scaling program is certainly one of the best accelerators in Africa. They provide access to growth experts, product development experts, partnership brokers, and access to a superior investor pool. Forget internet access, office space and all the cheap stuff on offer elsewhere. This is à la carte venture scaling. You go in, rub minds, get some coaching, grab what you need, and run!" - Foodlocker, Nigeria."
FFA runs a versatile program that can and has catered to healthcare companies in South Africa, they are among the few entities that will provide actual traction to these companies." - Foodlocker, Nigeria."
The FFA program is a well thought out one with quite an impressive team there for technical support, partnerships and supporting you to charge up your start-up. Their knowledge of the African start-up and business scene is very relevant for start-ups looking to grow in the African Market" - Akili Labs, South Africa.
"Joining FFA was one of the best things that happened to our company in the middle of a pandemic. We couldn't be happier with our growth and the shape of our company post-FFA" - MVXChange, Nigeria
"The FFA team are incredibly skilled and excellent at helping you focus on the key drivers for growth and relentlessly helping you to execute" - Wellahealth, Nigeria.
FFA a strict policy that limits access to applications submitted through this website to only staff in our venture sourcing team, who are bound by terms of strict confidentiality. Members of FFA's venture design and studio teams do not have any access to applications submitted to FFA.
All applications that are rejected by FFA are kept for a fixed period of 14 days after which they are automatically deleted from FFA's servers without any further action required from FFA.
Whilst FFA and its staff do as much as possible to protect any proprietary information belonging to third parties, FFA does not guarantee and hereby disclaims and limits, to the extent allowed under any applicable laws any and all liabilities, claims, and damages that may arise from or in connection with the submitted application.