Africa is our canvas.

Kalon Venture Partners, formerly Grovest Tech Limited, is not just about funding and smart capital. It’s about smart returns. We believe you will achieve great returns if you create as much non-financial as financial value.

The Team

ROMEO KUMALO
NON EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

(DIP.BUS, MAP, MTS, M.COM, AMP)

Romeo was the former CEO of Vodacom / Vodafone of International Business. He is currently CEO of Washirika Holdings. Romeo has over 20 years of experience in the Information Communication and Telecoms industries.

CLIVE BUTKOW
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

(B.SC COMP. SCIENCE & APPLIED MATHEMATICS)

Clive is the Former COO of Accenture South Africa. He formed Kalon Venture Partners, with the purpose of focusing on investing in digital disruptive technologies.

ARNOLD BASSERABIE
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(B.SC (MATHS; MATH STATS), CFP, ASA)

Arnold is the Former Group Chief Executive of Fedsure Financial Services Group. Arnold currently consults for numerous businesses, focusing on strategy and business development.

GIL SPERLING
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(B.SC ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING)

Gil is co-founder and CTO of Popimedia. Gil currently invests in, consults and mentors several technology companies.

LERON VARSHA
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

(BCOM BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS)

Leron founded and ran a multitude of companies in the fast-moving consumer goods space and founded several technology companies. Leron has 20 years of experience as a technology specialist.

FATIMA HABIB
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(MCOM ECONOMICS, BCOM (HON) APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY, B.SC SOCIAL SCIENCES)

Fatima previously served on the Board of SEDA and was the former GM of ABSA Private Bank. Fatima has over 20 years of experience within all areas of business - HR, Finance, IT, Operations and Strategy.

NICHOLAS LIEBMANN
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(BCOM FINANCE)

Nic is currently the co-founder and joint- CEO of Caleo Capital. His expertise span private equity, wealth management, financial advisory, property and venture capital.

Gil Oved
NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(B. COM ECONOMICS & MARKETING (CUM LAUDE) CFA)

Gil is co-founder and CEO of the Creative Counsel. Gil featured on Shark Tank South Africa. Gil was voted EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur in 2016.

Venture beyond Capital

Kalon Venture Partners is not just about funding and smart capital. It’s about smart returns. We believe you will achieve great returns if you create as much non-financial as financial value.

Invest

Kalon Venture Partners is the disruptive technology VC fund led by the most dynamic and well-experienced team in the SA tech VC space with a combined 200 years of experience. We invest in post-revenue startups, not necessarily post-profit ventures.

Our disruptive tech fund invests in entrepreneurs solving African problems with the potential to scale into global markets.

We focus on providing smart capital as well as on delivering smart returns. We believe you will achieve a ripple effect of smart returns if you create as much non- financial as financial value resulting in the formula for ideal beauty.

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