Maxime Bayen
Operating Partner

Maxime is Catalyst Fund's Operating Partner. Prior to this role, Maxime served as the Head of Venture Building & Lead Venture Partner at Catalyst Fund. Since joining the team in early 2021, he has made a remarkable impact on the organization, our portfolio, and the startup ecosystem. Maxime has successfully coordinated and led the sourcing and venture-building support for over 20 startups across 8 diverse markets in Africa. He has played a pivotal role in expanding and animating Catalyst Fund’s network of nearly 200 esteemed VC partners globally, fostering a dynamic environment for startups to thrive.

Prior to his tenure at Catalyst Fund, Maxime held a key position as the Head of Venture Building at Greentec Capital, an Africa-focused fund. During his time there, he accelerated the growth of 10 portfolio companies.
In total, over the past decade, Maxime has invested in, accelerated, or closely advised over 50 startups across the continent, including his angel investments. His comprehensive understanding of the African market dynamics and his ability to identify and nurture high-potential ventures have made him a trusted advisor and mentor to numerous entrepreneurs. Furthermore, Maxime co-created “Africa: The Big Deal,” a platform focused on providing valuable data and insights on the African startups’ landscape, which is a source of reference for many renown media outlets, investors and startups when looking for data about African deals.

Maxime’s exceptional track record, extensive network, and deep-rooted passion for entrepreneurship make him a driving force in Africa’s startup ecosystem.

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