VC4A ,an ecosystem builder that strengthens the global startup community by connecting entrepreneurs creating innovative and scalable businesses with knowledge, network and funding has announced the appointment of Abu Bakr Cassim as Acceleration Team Lead
.As Acceleration Team Lead, Abu is expected to oversee all acceleration support services within VC4A which provides in-depth technical assistance and hands-on support to selected startups and scaleups in emerging markets. One of his core responsibilities will be to lead VC4A’s flagship program, the Venture Showcase.
“We are very grateful to welcome Abu to our team,” said Vincent Hoogduijn, CEO of VC4A. “His reputation precedes him, and his leadership and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to grow and innovate. There’s a lot we can learn from Abu, where he’ll be adding a lot of complementary skills and knowledge to the team”.
Abu is widely recognized as a leading authority in the African startup ecosystem, having gained numerous notable accomplishments throughout his 20+ year professional career.
Prior to joining VC4A, Abu has achieved significant success through his work as founder of Additiv Capital and Jozi Angels which is now one of the most active early-stage investor networks on the African continent. Abu is also a board member of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN). He was recently voted as one of Africa’s 500 most influential people by Tropics lifestyle magazine.
According to VC4A,Abu is a long-term friend of the organization, no stranger to the work organisation does. He will be working alongside colleagues to advance the company’s mission.
“I am thrilled to be joining the incredible team at VC4A! Over the years, VC4A has built a fantastic foundation for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa and beyond. I am honored to be a part of this dynamic organization that is making a real difference in the world. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.” – Abu Cassim.