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All posts by Clive Butkow

Clive Butkow boasts 28 years of management consulting experience at Accenture and is currently supporting and mentoring many technology businesses, assisting them in driving growth as non-executive director of Grovest.
  • Eight important lessons when raising venture capital [Opinion]

    It is important for every entrepreneur to recognise that to raise venture capital (VC) is only one way to build and scale a business and the most important question every entrepreneur needs to ask is not "How do I raise venture capital?" -- it is rather "Do I need to raise venture capital?". The following eight lessons are for the entrepreneur who has answered yes to the second question and now wants to tread through the often-intimidating water of raising venture capital, told through the lens of a venture capitalist. 1. Do I need to raise venture capital? Bootstrap your company before you...

  • 6 more lessons I have learnt about raising capital from VCs [Part 2]

    The following is an adapted version of a talk done by Clive Butkow from Grovest at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Butkow boasts 28 years of management consulting experience at Accenture. Currently non-executive director of Grovest, he is also supporting and mentoring technology businesses, assisting them in driving growth. I want to share with you what I have experienced from sitting on both sides of the table on how you can increase your chances of raising capital for your business. In part one, I discussed the myth of insufficient capital in South...

  • 7 key lessons I’ve learnt about raising capital from VCs [Part 1]

    The following is an adapted version of a talk done by Clive Butkow from Grovest at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Butkow boasts 28 years of management consulting experience at Accenture. Currently non-executive director of Grovest, he is also supporting and mentoring technology businesses, assisting them in driving growth. I want to share with you what I have experienced from sitting on both sides of the table on how you increase your chances of raising capital for your business. One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs...