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  • Agri-Vie Fund exit from Fairfield sees investors reap over three times in returns

    Investors in the $100-million Agri-Vie Fund I have scored big with the fund today announcing its first exit, from one of South Africa’s most respected dairy companies Fairfield Dairy. A private investment trust linked to the Lang family which founded the diary has agreed to buy Agri-Vie’s stake in the KwaZulu-Natal-based dairy producer. While the fund would not disclosed the sale figure, Agri-Vie co-founder and managing partner Herman Marais said the return on the investment exceeded the fund's objectives -- which is usually to return to investors between 2.5 to 3 times of the invested capital. The fund's initial investment of about $4-million in Fairfield diaries was made in 2009. Marais said...

  • Private equity returns up a whopping 123% in 2016 reveals Savca report

    South African private equity capital returns to investors were up 123.2% last year to R18.3-billion -- up from R8.2-billion in 2015, reveals the Savca 2017 Private Equity Industry Survey, released today. Tanya van Lill, CEO of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca), said between 2015 and last year, trade sales were reported as the most popular exit route in value terms while sales to management were the most popular by volume. “The average proceeds per exit was R176.3-million in 2016, compared to R48.1-million in 2015. Realisations (returns to investors) in 2016 reflected a times money multiple of 2.0, an increase...

  • TLcom Capital raises $40m for TIDE Africa Fund to support entrepreneurs

    London-based VC TLcom Capital has announced it has committed $40-million to the Technology and Innovation for Developing Economics (TIDE) Africa Fund. The VC fund's announcement, made last Thursday, of the injection of funds will help TIDE focus exclusively on entrepreneurs and startups from Sub-Saharan Africa. The $40-million was raised with the help of the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank, which both committed $10-million each. Among other investors involved in raising the capital was Silicon Valley based Bob King, the founder of the Stanford SEED Institute. The fund will provide both capital and business support to startups leveraging mobile in markets such as financial services,...

  • Techpreneur Africa joins Abu Dhabi Global Market to promote fintech across Africa

    Social-entrepreneurial impact firm Techpreneur Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international finance centre. The MOU, signed earlier this week between the two parties, seeks to grow and support fintech initiatives in the Middle East and Africa. "The new partnership with Techpreneur Africa marks another achievement towards strengthening the connections between fintech communities and harnessing synergies in innovations and capabilities through global collaboration," said Richard Teng, the CEO of ADGM on Monday in a press release. ADGM's regulatory labs is a fintech sandbox which provides participants with a safe place to test their products and services, while...

  • Three MENA developers win Facebook’s Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

    Facebook has announced the three winners of its Facebook's Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge, launched earlier this year. The social media company made the announcement on Monday. The selected winners, from the Middle East and North Africa, have competed against startups from across 64 countries and have each won $20 000 and three months of mentorship from Facebook. The challenge was launched on 15 February. "It's been nearly five months since we first invited submissions for the 2017 Bots for Messenger Challenge and we’re excited to share the winners," said Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa in...

  • Singularity University’s international summit heading to Africa for first time

    Singularity University (SU) is finally coming to Johannesburg. The Silicon Valley think tank is expected to host its first international conference, SingularityU Summit, in the city on 23 and 24 August. The summit will be held in collaboration with Standard Bank and other partners including MTN, SAP and Deloitte. "Singularity University is proud to be working with Standard Bank and Mann Made Media to host this first-ever SingularityU South Africa Summit, and to connect with Africa’s leaders and organisations shaping the future," said associate founder and CEO of SU Rob Nail in a press release. The summit aims to address innovative technologies and entrepreneurs in the sectors of...

  • SA animation studio scoops three awards for Revolting Rhymes film

    Cape Town based film company Triggerfish Animation Studios is celebrating. The producers of Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba scored a hat-trick this weekend with their new film Revolting Rhymes -- an adaptation of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s classic book. The company won Best Storytelling at the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival in China, then Best Animation at the World Banff Media Festival in Canada, and finished off with the Cristal for Best TV Production at Annecy in France, the world’s premier animation festival. “With South Africa officially in recession, it’s more important than ever that our economy finds new avenues for growth,” said Triggerfish Animation CEO...

  • Orange launches African-focused investment programme

    Telecoms company Orange has announced the launch of a new programme dedicated to helping African entrepreneurs achieve their goals. The Orange Digital Ventures Africa programme will serve as Orange's investment vehicle and is committing €50-million to invest in startups which will account for half of the direct investments made by the flagship programme. The other half will be devoted to "indirect investments through specialised funding". A team will be set up in Dakar in September for the Ventures programme to be able to assist applicants. Pierre Louette, deputy CEO of Orange and Chairman of Orange Digital Ventures commented on the new initiative in a press...

  • AfriLabs welcomes 11 new hubs to its Pan-African network

    AfriLabs, a network of over 50 technology innovation hubs on the continent, has announced the addition of 11 new incubators and accelerators. In an announcement last week AfriLabs head secretariat Anna Ekeledo said the organisation is constantly looking to partner with tech hubs and other stakeholders of technology-related businesses to develop better-enabling policies, access to the right tools, environment and finance to scale in Africa. A key aim of AfriLabs, which was set up in 2011, is to create an ecosystem of major hubs to support the development of startups across the African continent. The 11 new hubs joining the AfriLabs network are: nHub (Nigeria) -- According...

  • Young Investors Programme readies students for work in financial services

    The University of the Western Cape (UWC) School of Business and Finance (SBF) has launched an initiative to ready business-minded students for a career in financial services. The university launched the Young Investors Programme (YIP) was launched on 5 May after a group of UWC B.Com Honours Finance students approached the SBF after experiencing problems adapting to the workplace. Keagan Martin, one of the students behind the initiative and a UWC BCom Finance Honours 2016 graduate, said after going for job interviews he and fellow students discovered that their level of industry knowledge was not quite as advanced as they had wanted it to be and so came up with the...