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Filling the missing middle

December 4, 2019

Naspers has set aside $100 million to support the development of South African tech innovation. But just what is Naspers Foundry? And how will it impact the local venture capital space? Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, Naspers (Karolina Komendera) What started as a publishing company in the Western Cape in 1915, the Naspers of today is a... Read more To view the article on Brainstorm Magazine, Click Here

“Africa is now”, but more capital needed…

November 15, 2019

BY TOM JACKSON ON NOVEMBER 15, 2019 Disrupt-Africa.com That is according to panellists at the annual AfricArena event in Cape Town earlier this week, who agreed there was a huge amount of innovation on the continent that needed supporting. “We believe that Africa is now,” said Clive Butkow, chief executive officer (CEO) of Kalon... Read more To view the article on disrupt-africa.com click here.

Entrepreneur Lessons – True Entrepreneurs Have Confidence

October 17, 2019

Entrepreneur lessons from a Venture Capitalist – True Entrepreneurs Have Confidence – as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford Confident entrepreneurs take risks. When confident people see an opportunity, they take it. Instead... Read more

Entrepreneur Lessons – Top Traits of a…

October 14, 2019

There are several common features and traits that successful entrepreneurs share. Even if you don’t have these yet, you can develop them with practice and perseverance: They Make Actionable Plans — An entrepreneur makes plans to do things, but they don’t just make plans — they make plans that are actionable. They Know It’s... Read more

Are you fund raising? Questions Entrepreneurs Must…

September 26, 2019

Clive Butkow, CEO of Kalon Venture Partners advises entrepreneurs on key questions to consider before raising funds. 1. Do I Really Want Outside Funding? Funding isn’t free. I warn entrepreneurs at every opportunity that they must carefully weigh the financial consequences of taking outside money. It may not only come with interest and giving... Read more

2019 Winners Announced: Southern Africa Startup Awards

September 19, 2019

2019 Winners Announced: Southern Africa Startup Awards — South Africa Chapter The startups and startup supporters who will represent South Africa at the Southern Africa Startup Awards regional finals have been announced. Southern Africa Startup Awards is a circuit of the world renowned Global Startup Awards.The Awards provides an annual spotlight on tech startups in regions... Read more For Global Website click here.

SnapnSave raises capital from Vunani

September 11, 2019

South African based venture capital firm Vunani Capital is pleased to announce its recent investment into SnapnSave through the Vunani Fintech Fund. SnapnSave is South Africa’s #1 cashback grocery coupon app that gives shoppers cash back on their favourite products, wherever and whenever they shop, just by snapping a photo of their till slip.... Read more

Kalon and FinChatBot – Finalists in the…

August 27, 2019

The national finalists for the 2019 edition of the Southern Africa Startup Awards (SASAwards) have been announced. 2019 Southern Africa Startup Awards finalists – South AfricaSouthern Africa Startup Awards, a circuit of the Global Startup Awards which first arrived in Africa in 2017 and launched it Southern Africa (SADC) region in 2018, has a... Read more For the full list of finalists and to view the article on Bizcommunity, click here.

Are These Six, SA’s Most Important Venture…

August 23, 2019

Who would you turn to if you were a SA tech startup looking for venture capital (VC)? South Africa’s VC sector has grown substantially in recent years, with over R1-billion invested in startups and early-stage companies in 2017, according to report last year by the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s (Savca) (see this story).... Read more