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SADC focused on establishing Europlaw Group Fund
SADC focused on establishing Europlaw Group FundArticle

Europlaw Group, operating predominately from the Republic of South Africa and the United Kingdom, decided to establish the SADC-focused Europlaw Group Fund...

Issued by Europlaw 14 May 2021

#StartupFunding101: Raising capital in Africa and crossing the bridge to the US
#StartupFunding101: Raising capital in Africa and crossing the bridge to the USArticle

Pardon Makumbe, co-founder and managing partner of CRE Venture Capital, chats about the challenges of raising capital in Africa and shares advice on crossing the bridge to the US...

Evan-Lee Courie 12 May 2021

AfricArena hosts Southern Africa Summit this May
AfricArena hosts Southern Africa Summit this MayArticle

AfricArena will be hosting the Southern Africa Summit, taking place from 19-20 May, at Workshop 17 in Johannesburg. The two-day conference will feature pitches from 20+ startups operating in southern Africa, between Seed stage and Growth stage...

11 May 2021

Cape Town tops African tech ecosystems rankings for direct foreign investment
Cape Town tops African tech ecosystems rankings for direct foreign investmentArticle

Cape Town has ranked as one of the world's fastest-growing regions for foreign direct investment, according to the African Tech Ecosystems of the Future report...

10 May 2021

#StartupFunding101: Zachariah George talks early-stage funding in SA
#StartupFunding101: Zachariah George talks early-stage funding in SAArticle

Zachariah George, co-founder and chief investment officer of Startupbootcamp AfriTech and Endeavor mentor, walks us through the stages of early-stage funding and how to approach it in South Africa...

Evan-Lee Courie 6 May 2021

#StartupFunding101: Global trends, funding in emerging markets and the rise of Africa
#StartupFunding101: Global trends, funding in emerging markets and the rise of AfricaArticle

Allen Taylor, part of the global leadership team at Endeavor, shares insight into the global trends, funding in emerging markets and the rise of Africa...

Evan-Lee Courie 3 May 2021

Collaborating with the right VC partner
Collaborating with the right VC partnerArticle

Early-stage African tech investor HAVAƍC says aligning to startup founders' interests, allowing management to maintain their independence, leveraging off smart capital and working together towards a mutually favourable exit...

21 Apr 2021

South Africa mining at a digital crossroad
South Africa mining at a digital crossroadArticle

The digital transformation of the mining industry promises a paradigm shift in performance, and for South Africa, the successful modernisation of the mining industry might mean...

Peter Clearkin &Tycho Moncks 20 Apr 2021

#StartupFunding101: Capital funding and the fund raising basics
#StartupFunding101: Capital funding and the fund raising basicsArticle

Antonia Bothner, Endeavor South Africa Capital Markets Lead and Fundraising Lead at Endeavor Harvest Fund, uncovers the basics of capital funding and how to access it...

Evan-Lee Courie 12 Apr 2021

One year on: 3 ways in which Covid-19 has impacted the SA venture capital space
One year on: 3 ways in which Covid-19 has impacted the SA venture capital spaceArticle

It's been just over a year since South Africa went into lockdown. At the time, there was still hope that the country could isolate and contain the disease, allowing economic activity to continue as normal. Few could've forecast the toll the following months would take on our lives and livelihoods...

Philani Sangweni, Issued by Irvine Partners 9 Apr 2021

Australian mining executive Mark Caruso, in the snake-skin boots, at a community meeting in Lutzville in February 2019. Archive photo: John Yeld
Aussie mining company fires Mark Caruso as CEOArticle

Australian venture capitalist Mark Caruso, who is suing six South Africans for alleged defamation relating to his mining interests in the country, has been fired...

6 Apr 2021

SA's Pegasus Vertical Business Jet gets ready for lift-off
SA's Pegasus Vertical Business Jet gets ready for lift-offArticle

The Pegasus Vertical Business Jet is entering its next phase with two quarter-scale models to be ready for testing and engineering by May 2021...

Issued by The Publicity Workshop 1 Apr 2021

Professor Nick Binedell
State, business partnership vital for post-Covid recoveryArticle

The state and the private sector have important roles to play in South Africa's post-Covid recovery, but neither can be relied upon solely to pull the country out of its economic quagmire without the other...

30 Mar 2021

Applications open for ASIP Accelerator Programme
Applications open for ASIP Accelerator ProgrammeArticle

Telecel Group has opened applications for the ASIP Accelerator Programme, powered by Startupbootcamp AfriTech...

24 Mar 2021

AfricArena Startup Alumni raises over $222m in venture funding
AfricArena Startup Alumni raises over $222m in venture fundingArticle

AfricArena have secured over $222m in funding over the course of five years...

23 Mar 2021

#EcommerceDay2021: Manuel Koser on tapping into the potential of digital
#EcommerceDay2021: Manuel Koser on tapping into the potential of digitalArticle

Manuel Koser knows a thing or two about identifying promising digital brands and helping them reach their potential...

Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Mar 2021

How Covid-19 impacted South Africa's venture capital space
How Covid-19 impacted South Africa's venture capital spaceArticle

A little under a year ago, South Africa confirmed its first Covid-19 case. At the time, there was still hope that the country could isolate and contain the disease, allowing economic activity to continue as normal...

Philani Sangweni 9 Mar 2021

ITIC, WTM Africa partnership to bolster Africa tourism investment opportunities
ITIC, WTM Africa partnership to bolster Africa tourism investment opportunitiesArticle

The International Tourism and Investment Summit's partnership with World Travel Market will leverage each companies' strengths and commitment to propel growth in travel and tourism through innovation in products, destination marketing and investment in sustainable development and infrastructure...

9 Mar 2021

Hlayisani Growth Fund successfully secures R350m
Hlayisani Growth Fund successfully secures R350mArticle

Hlayisani Growth Fund (HGF) has announced its first close at R350m to invest into high-growth, high-impact businesses...

23 Feb 2021

Setup a Startup launches Investment Readiness Programme Digital Platform
Setup a Startup launches Investment Readiness Programme Digital PlatformArticle

How can you prepare your company to be investment and due-diligence ready from the very beginning? To get the answer, join the launch of the Setup a Startup Investment Readiness Programme. A digital platform that connects entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors...

Issued by Setup a Startup 23 Feb 2021

Inoxico enables sustainable business growth
Inoxico enables sustainable business growthArticle

The Vumela Fund is excited to announce an equity investment into Inoxico, enabling the company to continue establishing itself as a commercial credit risk tech provider...

Issued by Edge Growth 23 Feb 2021

Renier de Wit, managing director, Gaia Fund Managers and Gaia Venture Capital Ltd.
SA's backbone industries and 12J investmentArticle

The country's economy contracted 6.1% in real terms in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to data from Statistics SA...

Renier de Wit 19 Feb 2021

Empowerment Capital closes almost R200m in 18 months
Empowerment Capital closes almost R200m in 18 monthsArticle

Although investment activity was subdued across the board in 2020, it was an extraordinary deal making year for South African venture capital firm, Empowerment Capital Investment Partners...

12 Feb 2021

SME South Africa launches free guides to help SMEs navigate the challenges of Covid-19
SME South Africa launches free guides to help SMEs navigate the challenges of Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has already significantly impacted local businesses and will have a notable and potentially lasting impact on our economy...

Issued by 356 Oak Holdings 11 Feb 2021

11 trends impacting the franchise business landscape in 2021
11 trends impacting the franchise business landscape in 2021Article

We all discovered in 2020 that we cannot predict the future. We have learnt how we can position ourselves and our businesses better for what may lie ahead. The pandemic intensified or accelerated some of the 2020 trends we predicted.

Sasha-Lee de Bod 29 Jan 2021

Endeavor SA's entrepreneurs raise 4x capital YOY
Endeavor SA's entrepreneurs raise 4x capital YOYArticle

Despite prolonged global market uncertainty, Endeavor South Africa has reported significant growth in their portfolio of disruptive tech businesses...

25 Jan 2021

Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand Rethink
Distell and Invenfin buy 40% stake in cannabis wellness brand RethinkArticle

Distell and Invenfin have entered into a partnership with Releaf Pharmaceuticals to share ownership in South African cannabis wellness brand Rethink...

20 Jan 2021

Section 12J funds are key to revive SA's economy
Section 12J funds are key to revive SA's economyArticle

Section 12J funds are playing a crucial role in the re-booting of South Africa's economy by creating employment opportunities and saving businesses, while at the same time facilitating significant tax benefits to investors...

13 Jan 2021

When is the best time to borrow money for your small business?
When is the best time to borrow money for your small business?Article

Small businesses face many challenges: Access to working capital is one of them. There is the perception out there that borrowing money is a last resort, but lending can actually be a very strategic move...

13 Jan 2021

10 biggest startup layoffs in 2020 hit 25,500
10 biggest startup layoffs in 2020 hit 25,500Article

The global economy continues to relish from the coronavirus pandemic, with startups emerging as one of the most affected businesses. As a means of remaining afloat, save money, and readjust their business models, most startups have resolved to roll out massive layoffs...

Justinas Baltrusaitis 13 Jan 2021

Kuhle Mnisi, operator investor, Secha Capital
#BizTrends2021: 4 strategies to rethink investing in SMEsArticle

Last year proved that SMEs are the backbone of the South African economy. Yet, existing debt, lack of cash reserves, outdated financials, and an inability to operate during the national lockdown, forced almost half of South African small businesses to shut down...

Kuhle Mnisi 11 Jan 2021

Section 12J investments more beneficial than only their tax treatments
Section 12J investments more beneficial than only their tax treatmentsArticle

The government's tax-incentive to boost economic growth - Section 12J of the Income Tax Act - gives investors more than a mere tax benefit...

Renier de Wit 28 Dec 2020

Real tangible investments that can impact SA's economy
Real tangible investments that can impact SA's economyArticle

Renier de Wit of Gaia and Gaia Venture Capital Ltd discusses the ins and outs of the fund's investment approach, its underlying assets, and the importance of this tax-deductive dispensation...

21 Dec 2020

Resilience of SA's housing market reflects ongoing aspiration for home ownership
Resilience of SA's housing market reflects ongoing aspiration for home ownershipArticle

Residential real estate, while also being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, has so far proven to be one of the more resilient sectors...

Dr Andrew Golding 15 Dec 2020

Dept invests in innovation in tourism sector
Dept invests in innovation in tourism sectorArticle

The Department of Tourism is set to introduce a programme that will stimulate and encourage innovation in the travel sector...

15 Dec 2020

Philani Sangweni
5 factors to look out for before investing in a VCArticle

Many entrepreneurs rely on investments from venture capitalists (VCs) to fund their growth. These are usually firms that rely on outside investors for the money they put into startups...

Philani Sangweni 8 Dec 2020

Empowering Africa through investing in tech
Empowering Africa through investing in techArticle

Before signing up to partner with Topco Media for their annual Africa Tech Week Summit 2020, the Tech.mt team made it abundantly clear that they're extremely passionate about tech startups, and giving South African talent the platform they need to excel at a global level...

Charndre Kippie, Issued by Topco Media 3 Dec 2020

#BizTrends2021: 4 qualities VCs will look for in entrepreneurs in 2021
#BizTrends2021: 4 qualities VCs will look for in entrepreneurs in 2021Article

2020 has been difficult for everyone, but businesses have faced an especially tough time. A few startups have, however, risen above the storm, managing to continue on their upward growth trajectory...

Philani Sangweni 2 Dec 2020

8 reasons to visit Victoria Falls
8 reasons to visit Victoria FallsArticle

Looking for a holiday destination close to home? Why not take a trip to Victoria Falls - which lies on the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe...

18 Nov 2020

Joe and Claudia Castellanos, Black Mamba Foods
Eswatini's Black Mamba Foods bags R9.2m investmentArticle

Enygma Ventures has invested R9.2m in Black Mamba Foods, an Eswatini-based ethical producer of specialty food products...

17 Nov 2020

There's a new private equity fund for underrepresented startups
There's a new private equity fund for underrepresented startupsArticle

Khula Lula is the news micro-financing VC fund striving to level the investment scales in favour of young, Black, women entrepreneurs...

12 Nov 2020

New Google-IFC report: Africa's internet economy worth $180bn by 2025
New Google-IFC report: Africa's internet economy worth $180bn by 2025Article

A new report unveils the estimated worth of Africa's internet economy in five years time and the factors contributing to this overall growth...

12 Nov 2020

8 ways business travel will change after the pandemic
8 ways business travel will change after the pandemicArticle

One of the main consequences of Covid has been change - and lots of it...

10 Nov 2020

What entrepreneurs should know before approaching a VC for funding
What entrepreneurs should know before approaching a VC for fundingArticle

As any South African venture capitalist will tell you, just keeping up with all the emails from entrepreneurs asking for funding can be a full-time job in and of itself...

Philani Sangweni 4 Nov 2020

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New partnership to expand e-logistics technology solutions across AfricaArticle

Imperial invests in, and partners with Lori Systems to expand its e-logistics technology solutions across Africa. This strategic partnership is the first of its kind at this scale and scope on the African continent...

4 Nov 2020

Is the agritech sector not 'sexy' enough for investors?
Is the agritech sector not 'sexy' enough for investors?Article

According to Ross Jenvey, general partner at Kingson, it seems like agritech often doesn't get the credit it deserves...

30 Oct 2020

Tech innovations could shake up the agricultural sector
Tech innovations could shake up the agricultural sectorArticle

Data is difficult to come by, but a report in August 2019, co-authored by Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation and Dalberg Advisors, claims that agritech deals in Africa totalled $143m in 2018, out of a total addressable market of $2.6bn, which talks to the huge untouched potential...

Ross Jenvey 30 Oct 2020

Four factors to financing your business beyond relief funding
Four factors to financing your business beyond relief fundingArticle

In the last few months there have been various announcements of relief funding initiatives to assist businesses and livelihoods struggling in the wake of Covid-19...

23 Oct 2020

Tanya van Lill, CEO, Savca
Why a simple Reg 28 amendment could fuel the SA economyArticle

Covid-19 and the ensuing national lockdown has had a dramatic effect on all spheres of South African society, but small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - especially those in the service sector - have been particularly hard hit...

22 Oct 2020

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