Why did we start the DAI Magister Academy?

Based on feedback from start-ups, we identified a need to provide expertise and advice to companies that are not yet ready for our formal support, but poised for success.



The DAIM academy is an extension of the advisory work we are already doing in the ecosystem.

As part of our ongoing investment in the African/MENA markets, we will be providing support to a few organisations that are growing rapidly and have the potential to raise a significant round within the next 18 months, entirely FREE OF CHARGE.

What we are offering a small group of companies:

We will draw on the same investment professionals that have worked on some of our reference Africa deals such as Twiga, M-KOPA, CloudFactory, Baxi, d.light, and Cellulant.

We will then select 2 members of our investment team to work virtually with each company for a defined period of time, and will provide customised support to 10-15 companies in total.


What we will do:

  • Review the company’s equity story and positioning and provide specific feedback on how to improve that


  • Suggest a range of (principally international) investors the company could target in its next round with rationale and suggested contact point(s)


  • Review the company’s metrics, KPIs, unit economics and model and provide specific suggestions for improvement

What we are looking for:

Minimum $2m funding

The company should have raised at least $2m in funding.

Objective for a significant target

The company should have an objective and momentum to raise a significantly larger round in the next 12-18 months

Tech-enabled or renewable energy

The company is a tech-enabled or energy service/product provider

Africa/MENA Market

The company operates principally within the Africa/MENA markets


Please note the following process and deadlines:


  • 30th June: Deadline for applications


  • 15th July: Selection of 10-15 companies


  • 29th July: Notification of selection


  • by 31st August: Feedback provided


Please complete the following form, giving a brief description of your business and some key KPIs.

We look forward to receiving your application. Thank you.

DAI Magister Academy