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Come and learn about the tech scene and investment world from a seasoned Angel Investor. Zach George is an advisor to numerous African start-ups and SMEs and is a co-Managing Director for Startupbootcamp Africa – one of the world’s leading accelerator programs.
Startup Bootcamp / Cactus Advisors
Zachariah (Zach) George is the founder & MD of Cactus Advisors - a specialist venture capital and business advisory firm in South Africa. Zach is an Angel Investor and advisor to numerous African start-ups and SMEs and is a co-Managing Director for Startupbootcamp Africa – one of the world’s leading accelerator programs.
Zachariah (Zach) George, who was born in India but grew up in the Middle East, spent seven years as an investment banker on Wall Street with Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. In 2010, intrigued by the growth of venture capital in emerging markets, he came to Cape Town on holiday to watch the FIFA World Cup, and ended up staying permanently.
Zach is the founder & MD of Cactus Advisors - a specialist venture capital and business advisory firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015, Cactus Advisors created and managed the first ever corporate tech accelerator program in Africa – the Barclays Tech Lab Africa program designed to discover, nurture and empower the next generation of technology innovators in Africa, and subsequently managed the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s incubator and accelerator program. Zach is an Angel Investor and advisor to numerous African start-ups and SMEs and is a co-Managing Director for Startupbootcamp Africa – one of the world’s leading accelerator programs.
From 2011 to 2014, Zach led the Africa operations of U-Start - a Swiss based global investment advisory firm specializing in direct and indirect investments in the tech and digital sector for family offices, high net-worth Individuals, VC funds, corporate ventures and wealth management institutions.
Zach was formerly an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital New York where he covered Mergers & Acquisitions, IPOs, Risk Management and Strategic Corporate Finance. In 2014, Zach was recognized as a Certified Business Adviser at the Institute of Business Advisers and is a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA). He is a mentor for High Impact Endeavor entrepreneurs and has been featured on CNBC Africa, Cliff Central and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Prior to his Wall St career, at the age of 22, Zach got his M.S. in Management Science from Stanford University specializing in Corporate Finance. He is a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology and a member of MENSA - the Global High IQ society. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, California, New York, India, South Africa and Kenya. He is a long-time singer and acoustic guitarist with an iTunes album, loves the outdoors, and is passionate about art, theater and volunteering.