Despite the exit of private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) from Africa last year, the sector is positioned to grow. Here are some themes to look for throughout the year.
With strong interest in the sector from consumers & investors, robust entrepreneurial activity, and a range of conducive factors, Africa appears to be a ripe market in the medium- and long-term.
Global interest in African fashion continues to rise, and innovators are leveraging the internet's reach to execute a variety of business models.
Entrepreneurs & investors thrive by serving the needs of Africa's informal sector and the opportunity remains large.
While access to capital is still a widespread issue in Africa, these ventures successfully raised significant amounts (US $500,000+) so far in 2017.
What can startups in African countries with smaller populations and lower consumption/spending levels do to grow and scale?