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  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors that are delivering

    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...

  • 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 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...

  • Major VC Knife Capital officially launches online due diligence tool

    Today, South African VC firm Knife Capital officially launched its online due diligence tool for startups and investors. The web-based tool, called YueDiligence, automates and structures the initial due diligence process to capture, analyse, summarise and communicate the commercial potential of a company in an investor-friendly format. Co-founder of YueDiligence and Knife Capital Keet van Zyl explains that while access to funding remains one of the startup industry's most pressing challenges, lack of access to information may be the real reason why not more entrepreneurial ventures get funded. "Without seamless information exchange during the due diligence process, the investment cycle drags on...

  • Major South African VCs to officially launch web-based due diligence tool

    Major South African venture capitalists from Knife Capital are gearing up to launch a startup called YueDiligence, which aims to assist entrepreneurs and investors with due diligence. By relying on a web-based questionnaire, GAP analysis and a range of other tools, YueDiligence intends to help stakeholders make better early-stage investment decisions. The YueDiligence team is made up of Keet van Zyl, Andrea Bohmert and Eben Van Heerden from the renowned VC firm, Knife Capital. Not only did the firm see through the exit of iKubu to Garmin early this year, it also reported a 61% increase in revenue for the companies participating...

  • These are Grindstone’s 13 tech startups for 2015

    The second in-take of growth equity fund manager Knife Capital's tech startups is an interesting bunch. From popular names such as online payment service PayFast and ecommerce builder ShopStar to new and interesting ones such as CognaDev which assesses individuals for matching work environments and Mobinomics -- a company that develops operating systems for telcos, organisations and cities. Interestingly, this year the accelerator is upping its game even more after it's decided to expand its programme to include an additional three companies. "It was too difficult to cut it down to just ten participants," Keet van Zyl co-founder of Knife...

  • Knife Capital announces final call for Grindstone Accelerator 2015 intake

    The Cape Town, South Africa-based Grindstone Accelerator programme from Knife Capital is calling for its 2015 intake of scalable innovation-driven businesses. If you haven't heard, Knife Capital is a Southern African growth equity fund manager and advisory firm that focuses on innovation-driven ventures with proven traction. Its accelerator programme, Grindstone, sets out to supply ten companies annually with relevant networks, gap analysis, business support, coaching, funding, and so forth. With a strong belief in engineering growth, the accelerator's previous intake found that all ten companies experienced an average of 61% increase in revenue while mastering business fundamentals. A really exciting stat...

  • Knife Capital Grindstone programme will take you out of your comfort-zone

    Cape Town based fund manager Knife Capital's new accelerator programme Grindstone, aimed at post-revenue startups, will help managers cultivate a growth strategy to scale their business and ultimately attract further investment, by taking CEOs out of their comfort zone. Grindstone describes itself as a part-business accelerator, part-investor and part-advisor . It is the first programme of its kind in South Africa by focusing on post-revenue startups rather than pre-revenue, but what really sets it apart is its idea to focus a CEO's attention to areas outside of their core expertise, giving them access to new management skills and support structures....