Baobab Network acquires Reflector Marketing to strengthen support for African startups

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Baobab Network, an early-stage investor that backs startups across Africa, has announced the acquisition of Reflector Marketing, a strategy and branding agency headquartered in South Africa.

Founded in 2022 by Klyne Maharaj, Reflector Marketing has established itself as a specialist agency offering strategic marketing, branding, and digital services tailored to startups’ needs.

Klyne Maharaj, Founder and CEO of Reflector Marketing, will join Baobab as Director of the Accelerator

With a diverse clientele spanning five continents, including prominent names like Jem, Opus and Batelle, Reflector has played a pivotal role in helping startups across a range of industries refine their positioning and scale.

Commenting on the acquisition, Toby Hanington, Co-Founder of Baobab, said the move epitomised Baobab’s ambitious plans and long-term commitment to investing across Africa

“Baobab has made no secret that we want to become the leading early-stage investor across Africa. To do so, we’re always thinking about what value we create for founders, on top of our capital investment. We’ve worked with the Reflector team since early 2023, and the move the acquire them is a testament to the work they’ve already done with our portfolio. We have incredibly ambitious long term growth plans and bringing in Klyne and his team will definitely expedite those.”

Klyne Maharaj, Founder of Reflector Marketing, expressed enthusiasm about the synergies between the two entities: “Our goal has always been to help the world’s best startups nail their positioning, win their markets, and raise capital to fuel their growth. Now, as part of Baobab, we’re excited to focus our efforts exclusively on supporting entrepreneurs in Africa. Baobab already has a phenomenal team that have made a profound impact on Africa’s venture ecosystem. Together, we’ll build the most powerful capabilities team of any early-stage investor on the continent.”

Klyne and his wider team will join Baobab, with Klyne assuming the role of Director of the Accelerator. This integration will enable Baobab to offer comprehensive in-house support to its portfolio companies, further enhancing their growth and investment readiness.

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