Our Team

Our Roots

Luke and Karl both broke into the African startup and venture capital landscape whilst still in university and found themselves largely isolated from the support systems young professionals enjoy in more established industries on the continent. Meeting each other further catalyzed this realization, as the pair began sharing deal flow, due diligence tips, and aiding founder introductions to the profound benefits of their respective careers.  

This ‘micro-ecosystem’ got the pair thinking about how they could ignite further collaboration amongst African youth in the venture ecosystem; Young African Catalysts was born, and in just one year grew to include the lead investor, under the age of 35, from the 50 leading venture capital funds on the African continent.

Their rise has seen them invited to speak on African venture capital globally on the biggest of stages – including Oxford, Wharton, Harvard, and Columbia business schools, as well as the Global Impact Investing Network. Moreover, the pair have worked with leading accelerators such as Techstars, and led over a dozen Investments in countries ranging from Egypt to Mozambique.

A Team Representative of Young African Catalysts

38

Years of Collective Experience in Venture Ecosystem

14

African Ventures Worked for

5

Nationalities

*Excludes Advisors & Summer Associates

Leadership

Karl Nchite

Karl Nchite

Co-founder & CEO

Luke Mostert

Luke Mostert

Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Anthea Hartzenberg

Anthea Hartzenberg

Head of Platform & Community

Team

Benjamin Udokwu

Benjamin Udokwu

Ecosystem Associate

Lorraine Evert

Lorraine Evert

Design & Media Manager

Bertran Strydom

Bertran Strydom

Business Development Analyst

Advisory Board

Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani

Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani

Advisor

Paul Breloff

Paul Breloff

Advisor

Dhanyal Davidson

Dhanyal Davidson

Advisor

Robert Cole

Robert Cole

Advisor