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At the recent TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Senegalese VC investor Marieme Diop suggested that Silicon Valley’s unicorn IPO model might not be right for African startups.
The is largely because the continent’s startups face a vastly different macro business environment, Diop explained during a discussion of investing in Africa with 500 Startups’ Sheel Mohnot and IFC’s Wale Ayeni. In a subsequent conversation, she clarified an alternative approach for African startups to raise capital from public listings.
Option - Revenue - Expectations - List - Exchanges
“It might be a better option to set lower revenue expectations and have startups list on local exchanges to raise capital from IPOs when they’re ready,” said Diop. “We may be able to create more gazelles at home than unicorns abroad,”
A gazelle at home could be a company valued at a $100 million or more and generating revenues of $15 to $50 million, according to Diop.
Discussion - Valuation - Valuation
“We should have a discussion of setting a right valuation, a valuation that is more appropriate to...
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