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Jon Popke

Jon Popke

NEW YORK, United States of America

Mentorship Connection

Free
This connection is free for all venture stages.
Accepting requests from:
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Regular 1-on-1 calls per agreement with mentor

Unlimited chat, email, or text within boundaries.

About

I am a neuroscientist by training and have spent most of my professional life working in Biotechnology and Health Care. However, I also hold an MBA from the University of Michigan, and sit on the executive committee for a large angel investing group based in New York, which gives me an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs, screen business plans and structure deals for our membership of investors.

I first became involved with African markets 20+ years ago as an advisor to a professional advocacy group called The African Society for Toxicological Sciences. More recently, I traveled to Addis Ababa to conduct market research on behalf a biotechnology company based in Boston and MOST recently joined a small Africa-focused venture fund (Ajim Capital) as a limited partner. The fund, which was founded by an African-born entrepreneur, will focus on tech-enabled companies across Sub Saharan Africa (largely industry agnostic).

Although my technical background is in heath care, I have a strong understanding of start-up business plans, market assessment and various funding structures. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. Best of Luck!

Spoken languages

English

Geographic focus

Mentorship motivation

  • I like to learn about industries and new businesses
  • I want to give back to the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs coming up
  • I want to make new connections for myself and/or the organization I represent
  • I want to scout for new opportunities in engaging as an advisor or for a board seat

I am interested in meeting and working with inspired African entrepreneurs while also contributing to economic growth on the continent. While scouting for investments is not my primary motivation, I am also open to opportunities to collaborate with companies that may be fit within the investing thesis of Ajim Capital.