EP 83 // Angel Investor Tomi Davies' Focus on Find, Fund & Follow

Ep 83- Tomi Davies

If you're interested in learning about a framework that can bring your vision, business, or startup to life, you don't want to miss this episode. It is jam-packed with actionable advice from Tomi Davie (T.D.), who was named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2021 by New African Magazine. 

Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief (CiC)’ at TVC Labs, an entrepreneurship support organization in Lagos, Nigeria which he founded. TD is the co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN), founding President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN), and Board Member of the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN).

His personal goal is simple to ‘Find, Fund & Follow’ African startup founders that are using technology-enabled innovation to create economic value and social impact on the continent. In December 2021, TD was named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Africans of 2021’ by New African Magazine.

T.D.'s mission in life is to find, fund, and follow. He is an angel investor, author, public speaker, and a systems analyst turned tech strategy advisor. He is the founder and Collaborator-in-Chief of TDC Labs, an entrepreneur support organization in Lagos, Nigeria. 

Akua and T.D. discuss his newest book, Investment Worthy Startup, which he wrote to help founders and investors build successful startups. 

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What's Covered in this Episode About Startup Investment

  • T.D. explains why supporting innovative startups creates both economic value and social impact. 
  • Learn about the POEM framework to build a startup, which consists of Proposition, Organisation, Economics, and Milestones.
  • Learn the three key differences between startups and SMEs.
  • Founders - find out what angel investors are listening for when you pitch them and how to present yourself in the process.
  • Realize that your team doesn't all start in the same place, even though you're all aiming for the same goal. Each member needs something different to achieve the end goal. It's your job to find an aggregate place to meet before you start your journey, so you can all go farther together.

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Quotes from this Episode of Open Door Conversations

  •  "My mission, my personal goal in life is to find, fund and follow." - TD Davies 
  • "You have a stock of vision, and it's really a star of vision, then the poem brings it to life." - TD Davies
  • "I must know my customers better than they know themselves." - TD Davies
  • "You need to understand your customers enough to know what they value." - TD Davies

Mentioned in Angel Investor Tomi Davies' Focus on Find, Fund & Follow

Get to Know this Episode's Guest

Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief (CiC)’ at TVC Labs, an entrepreneurship support organization in Lagos, Nigeria which he founded. TD is the co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN), founding President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and Board Member of the Global Business Angels Network (GBAN). His personal goal is simple to ‘Find, Fund & Follow,’ African startup founders that are using technology-enabled innovation to create economic value and social impact on the continent. In December 2021, TD was named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Africans of 2021’ by New African Magazine. Order his books here

Website: www.tomidavies.com
Twitter: @TomiDee 
Instagram:@Tomidee
LinkedIn: @TomiDee

Get to Know the Host of the Open Door Conversations Podcast

Learn more about your host, Akua Nyame-Mensah.

Akua is a certified executive and leadership coach, recognized learning and organizational development facilitator, speaker, and former startup executive. 

Since 2018, she has had the opportunity to partner with amazing organizations, from high-growth startups to multinational brands all around the world, to maximize people, performance, and profit.  Outside of her coaching and corporate speaking engagements, she is a regular mentor, coach, and judge for various entrepreneurship-focused organizations.

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