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Mark Kleyner

FOUNDER, VISIONARY, CONSULTANT AND VC

Currently working to build up the next generation of Investors to Improve Liquidity within and Access to African Startup Ecosystems.

Phone:

Drop me a note to ask!

 

Email:

me@markkleyner.com

 

Address:

London, UK

Work Experiences
 
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Profile

4x Founder or Co-Founder

Former Strategy, Tech and Social Impact Consultant

Angel Investor and Venture Capitalist

Advisor or Board Member at 5+ African Tech Startups

I'm a multi-time entrepreneur, who actively mentors with a range of accelerators and incubators, supports several companies as a consultant and runs Dream VC - A Remote Program Helping Investors #BreakIntoVC to support African startups

Active Mentorship
You can find me mentoring founders across these

Founder Institute

Founder Institute Lagos

Founder Institute Abuja

Founder Institute Accra

Founder Institute Cape Town

Village Capital

General Mentor Network

IBM HyperProtect Program

StartupLounge Africa

General Startup Mentor

54DAA West Africa Mentor

54DAA East Africa Mentor

Seedstars & FasterCapital

General Mentor Networks (Africa Focus)

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My Motivations
 
CURIOUS ABOUT INNOVATION
I'm a big advocate of the Digitally Enabled World. I'm keen to surround myself with similarly minded people and am always excited to learn about the next “loonshot” ideas that could radically change everyday life through disruptive tech innovation.
EXCITED BY MARKET MOVING
I strongly believe in the power of the team, and the power of a founder to take on the world. With a strong team and a strong product, I believe any startup can succeed - given the resources and the help around their execution
BIG PICTURE VISION
I take an analytical, big picture approach. I see myself as an ecosystem builder and always take a step back to see what I can improve on a company, region or sector level to improve startup ecosystems and drive transformational change
AFRICAN FUTURE
 

Having come from Russia, and working with Startups, VCs, Accelerators and Multinationals across Europe, SEA, the USA and Africa, I've come to realize that I really vibe best with entrepreneurs and founders on the African continent. I believe they display the most passion and are some of the most genuine people I've ever worked with. Seeing the transformation potential of China's development and comparing that against the lacklustre environment in Eastern Europe - I believe that with the right alignment between private sector bodies, early-stage entrepreneurial support ecosystems and the thriving, young, driven and unbreakable population on the continent - enormous value capture is possible. There are several fantastic sectors on the rise, foremost among them: FinTech, ConsumerTech, Multi-Sector Innovation and the Creator Economy and I am actively following these on the continent.

With exposure in working with dozens of early-stage startups across Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and more widely across the Sub-Saharan Space - I'm very bullish on what can be achieved both in the existing and emerging hubs on the continent and look forward to driving direct ecosystem development and job creation from within the private sector.