Mbwana Alliy is the founder and managing partner at Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund that runs both an accelerator and seedinvestments in e-commerce, gaming, education technology and social networking. In his work in building technology ecosystems and bridges between he has co-taught classes and spoken about Africa technology and entrepreneurship at University of Cape Town, Stanford University, University College London and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He is passionate about product development and launching new ventures in technology. He is an experienced Product Manager within consumer web, enterprise Software & SaaS. He is originally from Tanzania and has lived and worked in 3 continents (USA, Europe and Africa). He has a Bachelor's Engineering degree from Bristol University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate school of Business.
As of 2017, he has overseen 26 investments in Africa in 6 countries (Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe Nigeria and Ghana). These companies, most less than 2 years old have generated over 200 full time jobs and raised over $40 Million in venture financing. Savannah Fund is headquartered in Mauritius with Offices in Tanzania and Kenya and satellite offices in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Kigali and Lagos.
Investing and Global Tech Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Mbwana stared invested as an Associate and Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for i/o ventures, a mentor based venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley where he assists with seed and early stage startup that are incubated as part of an accelerator program, he contributes in sourcing new deals and helping out in a variety of functions for the incubated startups inc. business development, product development, strategy and customer insights.
Fintech in Africa
He also founded Afrikoin, one of the leading financial services innovation focused events on in Africa. He is working on e SABU, a virtual CFO service.