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Mar 2021

Co-founder & Managing Partner – Outlierz Ventures – Morocco

Kenza Lahlou is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Outlierz Ventures, a seed and early-stage Venture Capital fund dedicated to African startups. The fund is based out of Morocco and invests in tech-enabled business across the continent whose product or services are solving a real problem in key industries (this includes fintech, marketplaces, logistics, healthtech, agritech, etc.). Kenza started Outlierz Ventures after four years’ experience building Morocco’s startup scene via StartupYourLife (SYL), a leading organisation in the local startup ecosystem, she co-founded after an experience in San Francisco working closely with startups and accelerators in emerging markets. Prior to SYL, she worked in private equity, management consulting and in digital industry. In recognition for her work through SYL, Kenza was selected to be part of the Goldman Sachs Leadership program for Arab women entrepreneurs in 2016 (10K Women). She holds a MSc in Computer Science from INSA in France and a Master’s in Business from ESSEC in Singapore. She also completed a Leadership Program at Harvard University and an Executive Program on Venture Capital at Stanford University for early stage investors in partnership with 500 Startups (VC Unlocked).