At the end of every year I write a post and share it with other angel investors (or indeed anyone who is interested in gaining an insight into my year as an angel). I give a brief insight into the entrepreneurs I backed and also share some metrics. Fintech is a broad vertical, so I also share areas/themes where I’ve invested as well as founder diversity data. There are a few other angels who do this, which I think is great. Ultimately I hope that by sharing it will encourage other people to begin angel investing. For those of you who have not come across me before, here is my posts from 2020 and from 2019 . I began angel investing in 2014 and love supporting ambitious fintech founders who want to make a difference!
2021 was a breakout year. I’m not going to provide an exhaustive list, but I’d like to highlight a few companies where I was an angel investor and who are now climbing to great heights!
First is Kuda Bank. I first met, Kuda’s founder, Babs, in 2017 when he was pre-revenue and pre-product. He had an audacious plan to bring fairer banking to Africa, starting in Nigeria. I loved his energy and vision as well as his warm personality. Fast forward and Kuda is the fastest growing retail bank in Nigeria with over 2 million customers and now has supportive growth investors such as Target Global, Valar, and Entree Capital to help them scale.