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Venture capital

  • What you need to know about investing in tech startups

    There are plenty of innovative technology startups out there offering incredible opportunities for investors. Despite this, the profits generated by such startups are not always guaranteed, and neither is their success rate. Thus, when an investor thinks of investing in these startups, a wide array of factors will need to come into play. These include the expertise of the founder as well as the scalability of the startup. Figuring that out may seem like tedious work, but it is much better than burning your money in a startup that will prove to be unsuccessful. Expertise, Network and Skill set of...

  • This new MOOC helps you figure out if you really need VC

    In the startup space, people (including us in the media) tend to get very excited when a business gets Venture Capital funding. On one level it makes a lot of sense: comparatively few startups get VC funding and it can make serious difference to those that get it. But could all the effort that some startups expend on trying to get funding be better spent elsewhere? According Dr John Mullins, Associate Professor at London Business School, the answer to that question is a very firm "yes". So fervent is Dr Mullins in this regard that he's put together...

  • 3 tips for quickly securing a loan for your ecommerce business

    Businesses around the country are still struggling after the recession that hit in 2008. The tightening of the lending market since then hasn’t helped either, with the majority of big banks steering clear of small businesses and new ventures. This has made it incredibly tough to secure funding for an e-commerce organization lately. However, some of the most recent small business financing trends show that, while the upcoming presidential election may continue to derail the economy somewhat, there is continued growth in the online lending market, and banks are likely to ease back into lending to small ventures too. If you’re...

  • A Day in the Life of: Silvertree Capital VC Manuel Koser [Native Article]

    Cape Town-based Silvertree Capital kicked the year off on an epic note when it committed US$10-million towards internet companies on the African continent. The VC firm surely had good reason to so. Its portfolio has been boasting record growth over the last two years and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, it had to move its office recently to accommodate a bigger crew. For the last edition of our A Day in the Life of… series, we're zooming in on the life of the VC -- Silvertree co-founder Manuel Koser. Before Silvertree Capital, Koser co-founded and served as co-CEO...

  • Knife Capital announces R100m fund to amplify more SA startups

    Renowned South African venture capital (VC) firm Knife Capital has launched a new investment fund called KNF Ventures. With a rather generous target of R100-million, the fund will invest in innovation-driven startups by providing tax incentives and high returns. The announcement also adds to an increase in confidence for South Africa's startups. Earlier this month, local ecommerce company Travelstart secured US$40-million from UK investors, while VC firm Silvertree Internet Holdings committed US$10-million investment to South African and African startups. "By leveraging knowledge, networks and funding, KNF Ventures will accelerate the growth of strategically relevant South African scale-up companies and generate enhanced...

  • SA private equity gains despite national economic slowdown

    Looking for investment growth in South Africa? Well, private equity seems to be where most of the action is. A recent report by RisCura and Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) found that private equity continues to outperform listed equity over a ten-year period. By tracking data from September 2015, the report recently revealed that the South African private equity industry delivered a ten-year internal rate of return (IRR) of 20.7% in September 2015, down from 21.7% in June 2015, net of all fees and expenses. This performance compares with the 14.9% return from the JSE All...

  • 23 tips to guide you through your next VC deal [Infographic]

    Raising capital is often seen as one of the biggest challenges startups have growing up. And rightfully so, getting your hands on runway capital is tricky business, though it doesn't have to be. Y Combinator founder Paul Graham once jotted down the top characteristics of venture capitalists, coining it the Hackers Guide to Investors. Although Graham's pointers are nearly a decade old, he does make a few good ones you can take learn from. For instance, he explains that while money is important, it's not as important as the expertise that comes with it. "What separates the great investors from the...

  • 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...

  • SA accelerator boasts startup success, R65m in revenue generated

    Adding weight to its belief that business growth can be engineered, South African VC firm Knife Capital has just revealed "explosive" results of its second Grindstone accelerator programme. On average, the 12 participating companies collectively grew revenue by R65-million while creating more jobs. The programme follows an already impressive Grindstone 2014 which climaxed in the acquisition of radar startup iKubu by Garmin. Grindstone 2015 had a tough act to follow, no doubt. "The success of our first programme meant that we've now set a precedent for ourselves, and we didn't want to be a once-off hit," said Andrea Bӧhmert of Knife...

  • Investors’ roadshow to showcase African talent, adventures

    German and Mauritian-based investors' roadshow Invnture is launching its first trip this coming March, showcasing startups and adventures that South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe have to offer. Filled with pitches as well as cultural activities, the roadshow is meant to change the way investors think about companies by giving them an "on-the-ground" experience. The roadtrip will introduce investors to over 25 investment-hungry startups, that range from tech, tourism, agriculture and the mining industry. It will be targeting companies valued between US$50 000 and US$500 000. For a price tag of €7 800 (nearly US$8 500), participants will also be treated to a...