XL Africa is supported by The World Bank Group's infodev program, with financial assistance from the governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden and managed by implementing partners IMC WorldwideVC4Africa and Koltai & Co.

Implementing team

Our team and network have extensive experience working with entrepreneurs in the digital space, building scalable businesses and making connections with partners and investors.

IMC Worldwide

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Natalia Pipia

Team Leader

Natalia provides leadership on donor funded programs focused on startup acceleration and innovation. Natalia managed programs in 50+ countries helping startups to succeed.

Louise cathro

Program Manager

Louise is an experienced program manager who has managed programs in both Africa and Asia. Highly experienced in financial management and implementation, Louise has over 12 years’ experience of managing development programs, having previously managed numerous World Bank projects.  


Digital Communications Lead

Digital communications specialist with a focus on community and grassroots media, digital production, podcasting, photography and education.

Chloe Dagnell

Project Coordinator

Development professional with a focus on SME and private sector development. Chloe’s background includes a research focus on military to civilian technology transfers.

Koltai & Co

Steven koltai

Mentoring Lead

In his 35 year career, Steven has been an entrepreneur, a senior executive in the entertainment industry, an investment banker and  first Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship at the US Department of State. He co-founded the world’s largest commercial satellite system (SES), raised over $50 million for his own startups and is an active global angel investor. 

Michael Goldberg

Curriculum Lead

Michael is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. He has created a massive open online course (MOOC) called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 120,000 students from 190 countries and has been translated into 16 languages.

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Mentoring Lead

Pamela is highly experienced in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, providing advice as the CEO of Goldberg Consulting LLC.  In addition, Pamela served as the Director of the Centre for
Entrepreneurial Leadership at Tufts University launching it's nationally recognized business plan competition. Earlier in her career, Pamela launched 3 start-up ventures, and she is now n advisor and board member to several technology start-ups


ben white

Founder and CEO

An angel investor and partner at Sanaga Ventures, Ben is also the cofounder of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs, and sits on the board of ActivSpaces, a Cameroon based incubator. Ben is a cofounder of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and in 2007 he founded Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A), the leading online platform serving the African startup community.

Alina vinogradova

Programs and Partnerships Lead

Alina develops and manages startup support programs run by VC4A leveraging partnerships with key startup ecosystem players across the African continent, with over 10 years of corporate experience in a variety of commercial roles.


XL Africa advisors

SHaun johnson

Shaun is a technologist, early adopter, and helper of people. His background includes Techstars, Startup Institute, and leading a collective of over 70 additional startup accelerators.

Rebecca Enonchong

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech. She is Board Chair of both the AfriLabs Foundation and ActivSpaces and is co-founder of the African Business Angels Network and Cameroon Angels Network.

Alexandra fraser

Consultant in the innovation, entrepreneurship and early stage fundraising space in Southern Africa with local and international clients. She is a director and advisor for a number of organisations including Silicon Cape and the African Business Angel Network.