Caption: Musasa, a coffee cooperative in northern Rwanda, is among the hundreds of businesses that benefit from the work of Root Capital, an agricultural impact investor.

The importance of business angels in the early stage ecosystem cannot be overstated – they are often the pillars of entrepreneurial success, providing funding as well as expertise to help startups

Finalists receive mentoring, compete for spot at 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa