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Venture Scale Lead

Nicole Dunn

Nicole is passionate about unlocking unrealised potential. As Founders Factory Africa’s Accelerator Lead, she will work with early-stage startups across the venture lifecycle to multiply their business growth. Nicole will also support the executive team to enhance our strategic capabilities, delivery model, and value proposition, to enable our mission of building and scaling 100+ businesses across Africa in five years.Before joining Founders Factory, Nicole worked at global Challenger Consultancy, Elixirr, specialising in corporate innovation models, proposition development, and startup partnerships.

She later joined Elixirr’s corporate development team, where she worked across the M&A lifecycle to expand the company’s geographic reach and capability set. During her time at the company, she spearheaded the launch of two new business services, significantly grew the company’s African footprint, and led commercial due diligence for a multi-million pound acquisition. Nicole stays closely connected to emerging market ecosystems, with the firm belief that African startups are changing the tide of global innovation, and a passion for helping them do so.


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