Novastar held the final closing of Novastar Ventures Africa Fund II (NVAF II) with total commitments of $108 million. Now managing more than $200 million of capital, Novastar is one of the largest platforms dedicated to financing early and growth-stage businesses in Africa.

While Novastar’s first fund was limited to East Africa, NVAF II expands its geographic reach from East to West Africa in search of founders building breakthrough businesses in the region.

With offices in Nairobi and Lagos, Novastar backs start-ups that address proven demand for basic goods and services with innovative business models that widen access, improve quality, and lower cost for the mass market in these emerging economies. The fund targets businesses
where positive social impact for low-income households is a natural byproduct of their commercial success.

Co-founder and Managing Partner Andrew Carruthers notes: “While Novastar now manages more than $200 million of capital, we don’t think of ourselves primarily as fund managers. The focus and real interest in our work is partnering with high-capacity, ambitious entrepreneurs to help them bring their ideas to life and multiply their impact. The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously compounded the significant challenges for entrepreneurs building businesses in our territories. The strongest entrepreneurs will seize the opportunities that arise during the crisis, and we expect to see more entrepreneurial talent released from ‘safe jobs’ that are no longer safe.”

Novastar’s first fund of $80 million together with a $12.5 million co-investment facility has backed 15 companies, each reflecting the VC’s focus on mass-market scale potential, business model innovation and
outstanding entrepreneurial leadership. While that fund continues to invest follow-on capital into the successful businesses in its portfolio, NVAF II targets new early and growth stage businesses in East and
West Africa.

As with its first fund, NVAF II is a multi-round investor with the scale and flexibility to tailor support to each portfolio company’s stage of development, from seed to scale. Seeing strong deal flow in both East and West Africa, NVAF II has already led or co-led financing rounds in
three companies:

Scroll to Top