Venture Capital

Venture capital (VC) is a form of private equity and a type of financing that is provided by venture capital firms or funds to startup companies and small businesses that are believed to have long-term growth potential. Venture Capital does not always take a monetary form; it can also be provided in the form of technical or managerial expertise. Venture capital is typically allocated to small companies with exceptional growth potential, or to companies that have grown quickly and appear poised to continue to expand.

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The List of Venture Capital Firms in South Africa

Hlayisani Capital

Hlayisani Capital is a private equity and venture capital firm that is focused on growing sub-Saharan African businesses and entrepreneurs; putting them on the global map and transforming local economies and communities.

Hlayisani Growth Fund is focused on the acquisition of either significant minority or majority ownership stakes in market-leading organisations, growth businesses and high potential revenue generating venture businesses. The fund will seek to invest in companies with the following criteria:

  • Innovative business model with proven technologies that are scalable;
  • Companies led by a strong management team with operating experience;
  • Potential market leader / significant player in target sector and region
  • Large market opportunity;
  • Companies in revenue generating growth or expansion stage (post revenue to profitable businesses) with a Southern African and East African focus and beyond;
  • Business models that demonstrate significant social economic impact without compromising profitability
  • Consider businesses where empowerment will be a competitive advantage;
  • Identifiable exit opportunities.

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Kalon Venture Partners

Kalon Venture Partners (KVP) is the disruptive technology VC funds led by the most dynamic and well-experienced team in the SA tech VC space with a combined 200 years of experience. KVP invest in post-revenue startups, not necessarily post-profit ventures.

KVP disruptive tech funds invest in entrepreneurs solving African problems with the potential to scale into global markets. The firm focus on providing smart capital as well as on delivering smart returns.

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Kgatelopele Venture Capital and Private Equity

Kgatelopele Venture Capital and Private Equity Pty (Ltd) is a 100% black owned firm that seeks to invest in a variety of businesses. The name Kgatelopele is derived from aseTswana phrase meaning “taking a step forward to realise success.

The firm focuses primarily on private equity and venture capital asset classes. The firm targets mostly black under-developed businesses that have a potential for growth if supported. The firm seeks out companies with potential for growth and with the main aim to raise capital, put in talent and strategy needed to permanently strengthen the company and raise its value. Kgatelopele aims to start, develop and manage businesses from short to long term.

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Kingson Capital

Kingson Capital invests in startups that have the potential to scale through Africa and into the US market. The firm seeks investments in startups and early stage companies, preferable startups in communication technology, fintech, engineering and healthcare sectors.

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Agile Capital

Agile Capital is an astute and principled South African mid-market private equity investment firm with over R1,3 billion of invested capital, offering a solid investment track record and long term growth prospects.gile Capital is an astute and principled South African mid-market private equity investment firm with over R1,3 billion of invested capital, offering a solid investment track record and long term growth prospects.

Agile Capital invests in a range of industries. The company has built a substantial, diversified asset base and built long term partnerships, yielding favourable returns for investors.