Kenza Lahlou is a pioneer VC investor in Africa, Founder and General Partner at Outlierz Ventures, an Africa-focused Seed fund to back outstanding founders re-inventing Africa. The fund invests in Pre-Seed, Seed and Pre-Series A companies leveraging technology to transform fundamental industries across Africa’s main tech hubs: Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria and Kenya, with a focus on three main industries: Fintech, Logistics/Supply-chain, and Health. Portfolio companies include leading African players such as MaxAB (Egypt), Wasoko (Kenya), Bamboo (Nigeria), and Freterium (Morocco) among other fast-growing companies digitizing Africa’s traditional economies.
A venture capitalist and ecosystem builder with experience spanning software engineering, management consulting and private equity, Kenza has lived and worked in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Before launching Outlierz Ventures, Kenza worked in Silicon Valley where she led market analysis and business development advisory services for emerging markets tech companies to scale their business in the US market. In 2013, she returned to her home country of Morocco to co-found StartupYourLife, one of the country's pioneer ecosystem players, a leading entrepreneur-led network helping Moroccan start-ups grow and connect with investors and mentors globally.
Kenza holds a BSc and MSc in Computer Science from INSA, France’s National Institutes of Science and Technology, and a Master of Strategy and Management from ESSEC Business School in Singapore. She also completed a Leadership Executive Program at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2016. Kenza is a Kauffman Fellow Class 25
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Kenza holds a BSc and MSc in Computer Science and Data Mining from INSA Rouen in France. She also completed a Master's in Business from ESSEC Business School on the Singapore campus. In 2016, she was selected by Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Departement of States to complete an Executive Program on Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School part of the 10k Women entrepreneurs initiative. She also enrolled in a Venture Capital executive program at Stanford University in partnership with 500 Startups (VC Unlocked Summer 2016). Her personal mission is to back the next generation of African success stories that will change the continent narrative.
As a member of Class 25, Kenza is serving her fellowship at Outlierz Ventures under the mentorship of Dany Farha and Walter Baddoo.