Technology + Partnership

Raba is an investment firm focused on partnering with founders in emerging technology ecosystems across Africa.
Our story & mantra:
We build long-term partnerships with long-term people.

Our story:

We invest in early-stage software and internet-first companies. We work with founders early — during a time when we can have outsized impact. We have developed a series of investment themes that inform our partnership decisions. Our focus on companies that facilitate the efficient movement of capital and essential products engages us in building the rails that enable other businesses to be built.

Our investment themes serve as a guide to where we expect to discover opportunity. But our decision process is driven by a deep focus on why founders are building their companies — is it a problem they have? What would attract other talented people to build this company with them? While a decision rarely comes down to a single factor, we look to partner with founders who have strong internal motivation and a deep understanding of their customer.

We believe that long-term investment results are driven by a combination of an unconventional thesis, a rigorous investment process, and the ability to invest with a longer-term horizon than traditional market participants. Through our network of limited partners, we've built long-term thinking and company-building experience into our operating system from the start.

We have been early investors in and foundational partners to many category-defining African company founders. Many of those founders have invested their personal capital directly with us. These are the kinds of reinforcing relationships that define the Raba Partnership.

We align interests with our partners and are among the largest LPs in Raba's funds.

For Founders:

Unlike conventional venture capital, we seek to partner with founders building category defining companies over an indefinite time horizon.

We are interested in getting to know founders who:

  • are solving a problem that is critically important and needs a solution
  • can demonstrate why the solution is 10x better than current alternative
  • at it's core, are building a technology company

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