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Venture capital

  • These 21 green startups from SA, Kenya have been made investment-ready

    The Green Pioneer Accelerator focused on early stage enterprises contributing innovative solutions to environmental issues such as climate change, energy insecurity, loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems. Over the past four months Impact Amplifier, GrowthAfrica, VC4Africa and Hivos offered the Green Pioneer Accelerator programme to selected businesses, taking them from ‘market proof’ to ‘ready for investment’. Twenty one committed entrepreneurs were selected for the programme in Kenya and South Africa. Interested investors and others can request to attend the Green Pioneer Accelerator Venture Forums in Nairobi (9 June) and Cape Town (11 June). See an overview of all the companies...

  • Art of the Deal: 6 steps to closing that next investment

    The world is ablaze with high-growth startups that are making headlines and raising millions. With the world economy in the state that it is, governments and private sector role players all know that global growth will need to be driven by young companies that find new ways of solving problems through innovation and technology. Private investors have also caught on, with the amount of angel and venture investors that are snapping up high potential companies increasing. Locally, heavyweights like Michael Jordaan and Vinny Lingham are paving the way and peaking interest in investment in successful local startups. Are you scouting for...

  • Latin America’s VC space: big opportunity or illusion?

    After four years riding the roller coaster ups and downs of running an internet startup in Latin America, I feel that I have paid my duties in the race of chasing the Latin American dream. There are hard facts that any entrepreneur in pursuit of this sort of dream should be well aware of before jumping in. If you look at a continent and you see no more than ten big hitters, you need to be a little suspicious. This lack of a sprawling scene of tech leaders could be the result of many different things, such as immaturity of...

  • Israeli VCs raised US$914-million in 2014, the most in six years

    Israel is, without doubt, one of the most exciting startup hotspots on the planet. If it's not the admiring government support, it's the succinct financial support being made available as this new findings come to show. A new report by IVC Research Online shows that the Venture Capital (VC) cookie jar got filled to the brim in 2014. Twelve VC firms managed to raise nearly US$1-billion with the average fund size of US$76-million which is an increase of 55%. These numbers, which are the highest the country has seen since 2008, are mostly due to four veteran Israeli VC funds --...

  • Africa gets its first billion dollar equity fund, courtesy of Helios

    London-based investment group Helios Investment Partners has created the first billion dollar plus Africa-focused private equity fund. The group, founded by Nigerian expats in 2004, operates a family of funds and their related co-investment entities, pursuing a full range of investment types, including business formations, growth equity investments, structured investments in listed entities and large scale leveraged acquisitions across Africa. According to CP-Africa, around 60% of the fund comes from existing investors. The fund shows just how much the African investment space has grown in the past few years and, if Helios co-founder Tope Lawani is to be believed, also...

  • Here are 3 top tips to help you secure that investment

    TSG Consumer Partners’ Senior Managing Director Hadley Mullin shared his magic steps to effectively raise funding for your startup and foster its expansion onward. He averred that the best time to start fundraising is when you have yet found the necessity of doing so. When money is the last thing founders look to think about, they tend to make much wiser and more rational calls. In contrast, those who are desperately in need of money tend to make rushy decisions, which result on a less engaging proposal for investors. Here are Mullin’s strategies: 1. Don’t underestimate the power of networking It’s just normal...

  • 11 of SA’s biggest (and most exciting) tech startup investments of 2014

    Money makes the world go round. And if you play your cards right, might just make your startup successful -- putting a smile on shareholders faces. In 2014, we saw a lot of money being moved around in South Africa's startup scene. So much so that we've decided to round up some of the investment rounds that really stood out to Ventureburn. From real estate, crowdsourced designs to a multi-million financial aid startup, these are some really exciting times. Nomanini One of South Africa's much-talked about startup success stories, prepaid voucher enabler Nomanini, has raised a fat R20-million in February...

  • African VC activity shows impressive spike in 2014

    It's been a good year for Africa's startups. In terms of investment activity at least, data from one of the world's most comprehensive startup databases, CrunchBase, shows that there's been a huge increase within the last year, highlighting confidence. With big investments from the likes of Naspers and Rocket Internet (or its African arm African Internet Group), the Nigerian ecommerce space makes up most of 2014's fourth quarter activity, amounting to US$193-million (over R2.2-billion)! Possibly gearing up for the end-of-year shopping season, in October Nigerian ecommerce player Konga announced it secured US$40-million from South Africa's Naspers. One month later, its competitor...

  • Just how badly does your startup need that investment?

    Quora raises millions (both dollars and questions). Facebook buys WhatsApp for billions. Uber gets another trillion in investment and is now "worth" a quintillion. Or a brazillion. Who knows? The news in the entrepreneurial scene, especially in tech, is usually loud and involves big numbers. It is so easy to get swept up in this frenzy that I've seen many a business builder spend more time at events than on making his or her own company something worthwhile. And goodness knows I've been there too. The main realisation is that most of the news is around the outliers, those who...

  • U-Start launches investment vehicle, will be worth €30-million in 2015

    Global Venture Capital initiative U-Start has recently rounded-off its 2014 conference series in Cape Town, South Africa, and announced further penetration to the Central and Eastern European region as well as the launch of U-Start Ventures -- its new investment vehicle to carry €30-million (over R418-million) by mid-2015. Apart from the conferences, the global boutique advisory firm is also responsible for the U-Start Club which is an international group of private investors which is aimed at sourcing investors’ money into the most perspective and carefully pre-selected and pre-qualified startups. U-Start believes that apart from the strong growth opportunities, emerging markets such as...