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BIG5D Podcast Episode 27: CV VC Managing Director, Africa, Gideon Greaves (Free Version)

" There's definitely a lack of capital. But we're trying to change that..."

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This episode of the BIG5D Podcast is brought to you by Matchcraft

Our latest podcast guest Gideon Greaves is MD, Africa for CV Vc, a Swiss investment firm that is all blockchain, all the time.

Greaves, who joined the firm last year, is charged with finding and investing in blockchain-based startups in Africa. But in order to achieve that objective, his Swiss-based firm CV VC, also sees its role as creating an ecosystem that will help make these startups more successful.

In fact, his firm’s origins are in hosting startup competitions and hackathons designed to foster blockchain innovation. In that vein, CV VC also launched CV Labs, which Greaves describes as an “ecosystem driver.” CV Labs offers workspace and advisory services, startup competitions, and other services to support startups.

“For us, it's very important that we grow an ecosystem, especially in new areas like Africa, and South Africa, where we were trying to get all the key participants that form an ecosystem involved,” Greaves said.

“So that would be academia, education, government, different associations, corporate investors, startups, etc, or to collaborate and, and, you know, continue to meet up and be part of this ecosystem.”

We talked to Greaves about the state of blockchain startups in Africa. What solutions are they building? Do they have adequate funding and support? And how are Africa’s small businesses being helped by blockchain?

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