// Raba
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// Raba

Raba is not a traditional β€œfund” manager. We are building a long-term investment partnership β€” a team of people who partner with founders to build companies that generate outsized returns and solve real-world problems. We have been early partners to the founders of many category-defining African software and internet companies. This site is designed to help founders learn about who we are and what we do @Raba.

We build long-term partnerships with long-term people.

πŸ“–Β The Raba Review - sharing our latest thinking

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Near term pain, long-term gain | November 2022
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100X revenue! | July 2022
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Raba + Stitch Summit | April 2022
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African Venture Capital & the GREAT compounding | December 2021
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Building BIG companies in non-obvious markets | October 2021
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Why Africa Now and why we πŸ‘€ to Latam | July 2021
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The next 10 years... | April 2021
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A seminal moment for Flutterwave! | March 2021
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Why we backed Stitch! | February 2021

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A compendium of our thoughts

πŸ—οΈ Portfolio of companies and founders we are building with

CompanyFirst partnered @Co-partnersFocusSector
Axis Pay
Pre-seed
firstminute | Sawari | Tiger Global
B2B2C fintech and payments company
Fintech
Octo
Pre-seed
Raba as Founding partner
Consumer wallet and companion card
Fintech
COVA
Pre-seed
TBA
Consolidated tracker for financial and digital assets
Fintech
Flutterwave
Pre-seed
Avenir | DST | Tiger Global
Payments API infrastructure across Africa
Fintech
OnePipe
Pre-seed
Tribe Capital
Banking as a service for African fintechs
Fintech
Ramani
Pre-seed
Village Global | YCombinator
Software and payments for distributors and merchants
Fintech
Shara
Pre-seed
TBA
Social payments and finance for African markets
Fintech
Stitch
Pre-seed
firstminute | Paypal | Spruce House
API infrastructure for African fintechs
Fintech
Thndr
Pre-seed
Prosus (Naspers) | Tiger Global
Digital investment platform focused on Egypt and beyond
Fintech
Cashi
Seed
Fawry
Merchant payments and software
Fintech
FloatPays
Seed
YCombinator
Fintech software focused on earned wage access
Fintech
Kwara
Seed
Norrsken | Softbank Emerge
Credit union focused challenger bank
Fintech
Nile.ag
Seed
Naspers Foundry | PIP
B2B marketplace and financial infrastructure
Fintech
Djamo
Series A
Partech
Digital bank focused on Francophone Africa
Fintech
Yoco
Series B+
Dragoneer
Merchant payments and software starting in South Africa
Fintech
Nestcoin
Pre-seed
Alameda | Distributed Global
Crypto and decentralised finance infrastructure
Crypto
BVNK*
Seed
Avenir | Concentric | Tiger Global
Digital asset payments and banking
Crypto
Bitnob
Seed
FTX Ventures | Kingsway Capital
Lightning network payments infrastructure
Crypto
Busha
Seed
Cadenza | Jump Capital
Crypto exchange and payments
Crypto
Caliza
Seed
Abstract | QED | Valor
APIs for fintechs to offer crypto payments and wallets
Crypto
Float Capital
Seed
Alameda | Maven 11
DeFi primitives and infrastructure
Crypto
YellowCard
Series A
Coinbase | Square Inc | Valar
Pan-African crypto payments and exchange
Crypto
VALR
Series B
Coinbase | Pantera
Institutional crypto exchange and payments
Crypto
54gene
Series A
Adjuvant | KdT | YCombinator
Global medical discovery using African DNA
Healthcare
mPharma
Series A
Breyer Capital | Social Capital
Software and data focused on digitising healthcare in Africa
Healthcare
Kobo360
Seed
Goldman Sachs | IFC
Digital freight forwarder and logistics for Africa
Logistics
Lori Systems
Series A
DST | Hillhouse Capital
Trucking logistics marketplace and software for African carriers
Logistics
Twiga
Seed
Goldman Sachs | IFC
Digital vertically integrated grocery for Africans
Logistics
AMMP
Seed
Point Nine
Software tools for renewable energy companies
Climate
Cloudline
Pre-seed
TBA
Software-powered autonomous airships and last-mile logistics
Climate
Future Africa
Seed
LocalGlobe
Holding company that builds and invests in African companies
HoldingCo

TBA = To be announced. *angel and Raba. As of 6.30.2022.

πŸ—Ώ Our philosophy

We partner with founders building software and internet-first companies. We get involved early β€” during a time when we can have outsized impact. We have developed a series of investment themes that inform our partnership decisions. Our focus is on companies that facilitate the efficient movement of capital and essential products β€” the rails that enable other businesses to be built.

We believe long-term investment results are driven by a combination of an unconventional thesis, a rigorous investment process, and the ability to invest with a longer-term horizon than traditional market participants. Through our network of limited partners, we've built long-term thinking and company-building experience into our operating system from the start.

We align interests with our partners and are among the largest LPs in Raba's funds.

πŸ’ͺ🏾 Our team

Meet the team

Our broader team, our limited partners

We are proud to call the backers of Raba friends and partners. They come from varied backgrounds and include many of the best global investors and operators. Each is a welcome guest at our home. Partner fit and long-term relationships are at the core of our partnership. Many of our founders we have backed have invested their personal capital directly with us.

We are comfortable stating that we are NOT appropriate for most partners.

πŸ₯› Raba Β© 2022 | contact us: info@rabacap.com