Experteer to Help an Investor Relation /Fundraising campaign
As Needed (<8h/week)
Pro Bono Consultant
You must be able to speak English.
When Can You Start?
The ideal start date for this project is ASAP.
The estimated duration of this project is 4 to 8 weeks.
Description and Impact
Due to prohibitively high costs and a lack of digital literacy, about 70% of the population in Africa still does not have access to digital services.
We are a hard-tech as a service (HAAS) social enterprise based in Rwanda and Uganda working to bridge that digital divide. Our goal is to provide services for those who need it the most, and we operate in rural areas as well as in refugee camps.
We have developed a mini server that allows for the implementation of a localized network that is closer to end users, where people can access the high capacity router via WIFI without the need to have the internet on their phone, allowing them to consume video content, games, surveys, and other digital information in areas where the telecom network is poor or nonexistent.
We are currently raising capital to scale the company and bring access to digital applications to more people across Africa. This is our first raise, we have been able to bootstrap the company so far. Our goal now is to scale much faster. We need some support because we never raised equity capital before, and we really need someone that has experience in the process but also have a network so we can talk to decision makers about this great project we have.
With this project, you will support the following deliverables:
- Assist our team to identify the right investors, do due diligence on them making sure they are a potential match to our company’s goals. The Fundraising Manager will be in charge of contacting the prospective investors and scheduling meetings for the pitch;
- Have a strong network with VC funds, investors, go understanding of tech investors;
- Help our team to manage the deal flow and investment opportunities, supporting all steps of the process including due diligence, deal negotiations, structuring, disbursements and monitoring;
- Upskills and train our team by preparing internal financial reports & documents, and help review & update financial projections for the ongoing business.
The ideal candidate is someone with a deep understanding of how unix base OS, embedded systems and IoT patterns all work together to produce secure, reliable and performant solutions. In addition, the candidate would have experience with the following:
Working cross functionally to define software system architecture and ensuring that stakeholders are aligned, and needs are met.
Track record of delivering products to customers.
Designing product solutions - detailed software design, initial board bring up and test, including driver bring up
Overseeing unit testing and implement automated testing where appropriate.
Strong technical understanding of software, firmware and hardware interaction up to the OS level including RTOS.
Developing software/firmware/system module specifications
Designing and implementing features for intelligent electronic devices, including power system protection algorithms, system diagnostics/prognostics, communication protocols, cybersecurity, and other relay, control and monitoring functions using C/C++, Generate test protocols and reports
Supporting/maintaining high availability systems
Administration and config
Packaging and distribution
GPU and Hardware Optimization
We Provide These Local Benefits
- Learning Opportunity
The professional will learn a lot about the digital divide that exists in Africa and why the internet is still problematic on the continent. They will be a learning curve on the different challenges we face on the ground, but also the different opportunities that exist on the continent. The expert will learn what are the key challenges that is slowing down access to digital applications for low income people.
This is a remote work project.
This project accepts applications for virtual experteers.