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Local VC firm seeks ‘world-changing’ ideas

December 12, 2018

Clive Butkow, founder and chief executive officer of South African venture capital firm Kalon Venture Partners, is looking to invest into “world-changing” start-up companies. A former Accenture chief operations officer, Butkow says Kalon Venture Partners invests in high- growth technology companies, with innovative business models. Butkow founded the company in 2016. It quickly raised R100 million, and... Read more To view the article on ITWeb's website please click here.

How We Made It In Africa: Meet…

December 7, 2018

What part of your job keeps you awake at night? At Kalon Venture Partners we invest other people’s money in tech startup businesses. This is a risky asset class and making sure we have dealt with all the risks of our investments – e.g. team risk, product risk, market risk, deal terms risk, and to ensure... Read more To view this article on the HWMIIA Website please click here.

IT News Africa: i-Pay saves Black Friday…

November 26, 2018

Even though local retailers braced themselves for Black Friday, the onslaught on systems still resulted in all the major payment mechanisms buckling under the pressure. Once again instant EFT payment provider i-Pay has remained completely available and stable while handling the resulting additional transactional volumes without any impact on its service levels. “Even before... Read more To view the article on IT News Africa's website please click here.

BizCommunity: FinChatBot Investment

November 22, 2018

Momentum was a word used frequently at AfricArena, a conference that showcased Africa’s best startups and innovators in front of an audience of local and international investors looking for world-class talent. Or perhaps, given the size of the French contingent at the event, the word used was dynamique. “The speed of the development and... Read more To read the full article on the Bizcommunity website please click here.

FinChatBot Secures Investment from Kalon Venture Partners…

November 15, 2018

Clive Butkow (CEO of Kalon Venture Partners), Antoine Paillusseau (CEO and Co-Founder of FinChatBot) and Fabrice Boullé (Partner at Compass Capital) celebrating the deal at AfricArena 2018. South African venture capital firm Kalon Venture Partners and Mauritius-based VC Compass are pleased to announce their co-investment into one of the leading Financial Services chatbot providers,... Read more To view FinChatBots website please click here.

Does Venture Capital Really Close the Unemployment…

November 14, 2018

It is widely known that startups and scale-ups create the vast majority of jobs in the formal economy, providing, on average, 66% of jobs worldwide and the greatest share of jobs in low-income countries like South Africa. Giving thanks to early stage business’ outstanding capacity to increase productivity through innovation, these SME enterprises are... Read more

What Investors Should Look for When Investing…

November 13, 2018

What Investors should look for when Investing in a Section 12J Company In recent years the South African government has identified small and medium-sized entities (“SMEs”) as a major contributor to future economic growth. One of the main challenges to the economic growth of SMEs is access to equity finance. To assist these sectors... Read more

Kalon, Smollan up stake in SnapnSave to…

November 5, 2018

Venture capital company Kalon Venture Partners and retail solutions company the Smollan Group SA have increased their stake in SA shopping community SnapnSave to over 50% with a new funding round totaling R7-million. The current tranche forms part of a R14-million round in funding committed by the two investors in August last year. SnapnSave’s app facilitates discounts for shoppers on... Read more To view the article on Ventureburn's website please click here.

Leaders who Build vs Leaders who Destroy

November 1, 2018

As the leader of your company whether a startup or a multi-billion Rand company, you are in the spotlight whether you like it or not. People are going to watch you, discuss your actions, and mimic your behavior. The choices you make every day as a leader have an enormous effect on the fate... Read more