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  • ‘Investor’s share in Giraffe funding round valued at R10m to R20m’ [Updated]

    SA startup Giraffe announced today that it has closed a second funding round, with a lead investor participating in the round revealing that its own share of the contribution was valued at "between R10-million and R20-million". In a press release today the startup, which runs a web platform that matches job seekers with job placements, said it had closed a second round of equity funding, led by Edge Growth’s Vumela Fund with participation from Omidyar Network, Catapult Trust and the Nando co-founder Robbie Brozin's family office Forever Young Capital. While the startup's founder and CEO Anish Shivdasani would not reveal the details of the deal, when pressed for comment...

  • 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...

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors delivering [2018 update]

    For entrepreneurs wanting to find early-stage funding, this is the article for you. As there is generally a veil of secrecy surrounding funding and startups, there is often smoke and mirrors in the industry, with many claiming to be "investors".  Ventureburn has sifted through the South African landscape and brought you the investors that are putting the money where their mouths are, and investing in the startup industry. Make sure to keep checking back on this article. We will constantly be updating it with new funds as the startup space grows in South Africa. Also, with your comments and suggestions we hope...

  • ‘Joburg 10XE accelerator helped me add 50 employees in nine months’

    Entrepreneur Michael Roberts has been able to grow his software company from 90 to 140 people in just nine months, thanks to the Johannesburg-based accelerator 10XE. "(The accelerator) teaches you to move beyond the typical entrepreneur mindset of working long hours for seven days a week," says Roberts, whose four-year old company Khonology has been on the 18-month programme for the last eight months. He says the accelerator -- which was launched in December last year by founding director of Edge Growth Jason Goldberg-- helped him put more efficient systems in place and impress upon him the need to hire more skilled and competent individuals. The biggest impact 10XE has...

  • Startups to take 1GIANTleap from idea to concept in 12 weeks with new programme

    Want to get help developing your new business idea? Startups have until this Monday (5 June) to apply to the 1GIANTleap programme which aims to help entrepreneurs to leap from idea to proven concept in just 12 weeks. The 12-week programme, an initiative of business support organisation Edge Growth, takes place from 8 June in Johannesburg. The programme, which was first run in 2014, begins with a selection process where entrepreneurs are tested on various qualities, business ideas, personal circumstances and their commitment to serving customers both online and offline. "One of the risks you run as an entrepreneur is to create something...

  • SA startup Mobenzi receives R16m investment from Edge Growth

    Andi Friedman is feeling "energised and excited" following a R16-million investment his startup Mobenzi received from Vumela Fund. Friedman said the Series-A funding served as a good recognition of all the hard work the company has done. He said the fund, which is managed by FNB and Edge Growth, took a significant minority stake in Mobenzi. The startup clinched the investment after taking part in one-on-one mentoring with accelerator and capital advisory firm Impact Amplifier. The accelerator provided the company with strategic support as well as other acceleration services. Mobenzi was founded in 2009 by Friedman and Pete Fowles. The two have developed a suite of products which include...

  • SAB invites 67 entrepreneurs to pitch for 67 seconds this Mandela Day

    South African Breweries (SAB) is celebrating Nelson Mandela Day in the spirit of entrepreneurship on 18 July. At The Lean Jump event, 67 startups from Gauteng, South Africa are encouraged to present their business ideas in just over a minute each, in order to partake in SAB KickStart development programme and standing a chance of winning a share of R300 000 investment. Entrepreneurs with successful pitches on Mandela Day will be provided with six months of virtual business mentorship as well as grant funding to invest in growing their business idea or business operations currently not older than 6 months. The...

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