Philip Kiracofe

21 May

Partner: Horizen Ventures Africa


“Over the last 25 years of my ‘adult’ life, I have attended the US Air Force Academy, co-founded, funded, and advised dozens of start-ups, raised two venture capital funds, volunteered in disaster zones (Thailand, Haiti), sold million dollar condos in NYC, was President of the Manhattan Association of Realtors, sat on the Board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, completed the Comrades and 2 Ironman triathlons, summited Kilimanjaro, trained a Service Dog, made a barrel of wine (Shiraz), co-hosted a year-long show with Morgan Spurlock (Failure Club), launched the first international mountain bike race in Haiti (MTB Ayiti), got married, got divorced, and moved to South Africa. I am here working with start-ups that have global ambitions, raising a venture fund in SA, and plan to create a viable IPO marketplace (AIM for Africa) and the first African Innovation index. My life is guided by the perpetual quest for failure, and since 2004, that has manifested through the Failure Club.”


Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts?
“UCT represents some of the brightest minds with the greatest resources on the continent. There is no better place to pursue audacious, transformative goals.”