A recently annouced 100 million program to support entrepreneurship in Africa. The programs goal is to identify and train 10,000 entrepreneurs across Africa over the next 10 years. The 10,000 start-ups will be selected from a pool of applicants across Africa will participate in a comprehensive program which will include a customized 12-week business skills training course, mentoring, an entrepreneurship ‘boot camp’ and seed capital. “
This site claims that "over 300,000 startups have used Startups.co to connect with millions of dollars in funding" - Which is a rather ambigious statement - and they say that if you join you will be able to connect with over 20,000 investors. I found the join form to be easy - they just ask for a two sentence business description, but after they have your information it takes you immediately to the payment page, and the lowest reat is $59 a month. That might be worth it is you have a business that is completely ready for funding otherwise it might be a waste. There is no way to know how good their investors are, or how many would really see your business plan or summary.
Lean Startup Circle describles itself as being for "Peer-to-Peer lean startup know how. It's a decentralized grassroots organization of Lean Startup practitioners all over the world".
I went to this homebage and entered my email as requested, thinking that was just the first step and there would be additional information required. Instead, I was immediately enrolled in a Google Group and informed that I would be receiving an email once a week from them. The Google Group does look moderated, and the questions to seem serious and thoughtful so while I didn't care for the way they got my email, this aay be worth visiting from time to time - especially if anything in their weekly archive email is of interest.
CrunchBase describes itself as the "definitive database of the startup ecosystem" and claim to be "the business graph" but honestly, I don't get it. Registering is simple - but once inside there is little to do. There is a big announcement of funding rounds, but that is about it. I was able to find a place where you could add a new company or organization so i did so with my little startup and this was also easy - they asked for very little information. When it displayed, however - it put a prominant message that it "couldn't find any employees". i am just not sure what this site is for - there is nothing to do in it. I guess i would recommend people join to get the inbound link if nothing else, but i don't yet see the value.