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All posts by Janice Johnston

Janice Johnston
Janice Johnston is Investment Head of the Vumela Fund, which is co-managed by Edge Growth and FNB.
  • A new paradigm for scaling early stage impact investing in SA

    The world is facing diminishing natural resources, a growing population and an increasing economic inequality. But impact investing can help solve these issues. Impact investing seeks to create both a financial return, alongside a positive social or environmental impact. As governments and civil society struggle to achieve the UN’s Social Development Goals (SDGs), the trillions of dollars in the financial system, could be put to better use, in the hands of capable entrepreneurs, trying to solve these issues. In addition, early stage impact investing, geared towards small growing businesses (SGBs), has the potential of providing funding to the “missing middle”, ie companies with...

  • Startups: the investment landscape, VCs demystified

    There has been significant growth and development in the South African entrepreneurship and venture capital ecosystem over the past five years as evidenced by numerous new investment funds and government initiatives as well as high-caliber incubators and accelerators emerging on the scene. All are committed to furthering the growth prospects of commercially viable entrepreneurial ventures in South Africa. Notwithstanding the challenges that still exist for entrepreneurs and SMEs, this is an exciting period for the industry and progress is being made to increase funding opportunities. In order for entrepreneurs to be best prepared for the investment journey, it is important...

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