New African ICT VC Fund

Last week, saw the launch of a new Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF) from Convergence PartnersIt is a pan African fund that has raised $145 million (from the IFC, EIB, FMO, DBSA and CDC) that they are seeking to invest in companies in communications, fibre, infrastructure, data centres etc. in countries like Kenya , DRC, Rwanda, and Sudan.
The Fund will target established companies with sound management, that are aiming to improve products or quality, or add value to their services – to invest amounts of about of $20-30 million in exchange for stakes of 15-49% with a horizon of about 10 years.

Their past portfolio includes investments in Seacom, New Dawn (with Intelsat) and Internet Solutions (who are taking over at Access Kenya and they plan to open an an East African office soon. 

Separately, in a nice post, @Wanjiku asks if there’s a racial bias in ICT funding from venture capitalists in Africa.