potential is global

But opportunity is not. So we are creating a solution that makes funding opportunities accessible to every good founder.

Why we work on this

Funding is one of the main barriers to equal opportunity. Access to funding is not only unequally distributed but also highly biased in regard to gender, educational background, location and personal relations. The economic unattractiveness and limitations to scale of small ticket sizes further hamper the access to funding. This strips whole regions off the catalytic effect entrepreneurship can have on innovation, socio-economic development and job creation.


of Africa's working age population are starting new businesses


of early-stage enterprises are financially underserved


of VC funding in East Africa still goes to expats

Our vision

Give every good
entrepreneur a chance
to access funding.

Our team

Elias Steiner​

Elias has an academic background in Environmental Engineering. He has worked in strategy consulting on topics around Sustainability with a focus on Analytics. Elias believes in the power of people working together across borders to solve the global challenges of our time.

Product Lead

Esther Ndeti

Esther has developed a track record in the region’s investment & SME sector development by being an active champion for entrepreneurial access, a fervent supporter of business leaders and a builder of the entrepreneurial ecosystem with 10+ years of experience spanning across East Africa.

Investment Principal

Franziska Reh​

Franziska has a background in finance, sustainable development and circular economy through her work at Deutsche Bank, strategy consulting and the World Economic Forum. She is a passionate believer in equal opportunities, and ultimately justice - the inspiration to found Uncap.

Co-Founder, CEO

Johannes Willms​

Johannes is an entrepreneur who founded and built an impact business in Kenya, and gained insights to East-Africa living there for 6 years. He brings deep understanding of strategic and operational management in emerging markets, and has a passion for purpose.


Réka Zempleni

Réka is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Economics at Stanford University specializing in development economics and econometrics with an expertise in data analysis and a familiarity with various machine learning techniques.


Rouven Malecki

Rouven is an entrepreneur with a passion for new software technology. He started his first business while still in highschool and has since founded and created the software platforms for multiple companies in the games industry. He once spent a vacation weeding shrubs in a cheetah compound in Namibia.


Wambui Karebe​

Wambui recently graduated with an MBA with a concentration in marketing and management. She has worked with dynamic brands in Africa and UK. She is big on impact and working towards meaningful goals.​

Marketing Lead


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