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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

Local Venture Capitalist, Clive Butkow, blames Silicon…

October 29, 2018

Over valuations are becoming increasingly prevalent among early-stage entrepreneurs in South Africa and Silicon Valley is to blame. So, says venture capitalist Clive Butkow of Kalon Venture Partners, who — when asked last week by Ventureburn on what drives over valuations of local startups — blamed the unrealistic perceptions on local startup founders who spend too much time... Read more To read the article on Ventureburn's website, please click here.

The 8 Most Important Lessons to Raising…

October 24, 2018

It is important for every entrepreneur to recognize that to raise venture capital (VC) is only one way to build and scale a business and the most important question every entrepreneur needs to ask is not “How do I raise venture capital?” It is rather “Do I need to raise venture capital?”. The following... Read more

Understanding Machine Learning in 5 Minutes

October 16, 2018

“Machine learning” sounds mysterious for most people. Only a small fraction of professionals really know what it stands for. The reason for this, is this technology hype word is rather technical and difficult. I would like to bridge this gap and explain simply what machine learning (ML) is and how it is being used... Read more

Quarterly Update – Q3 2018

October 12, 2018

Kalon Venture Partners Q3 Investor Update  As we progress towards the end of 2018 and our imminent new capital raise in February 2019, Kalon continues to make progress on a number of fronts including; deal flow; new and current investments, strategic alliances, capital raising and more. Section 12J National Treasury recently announced that tax... Read more

Five South African Fintech Dealmakers your startup…

September 6, 2018

Fintech is one of the fastest growing startup sectors in the world. A number of SA startups have secured multi-million rand investments of late, including in i-Pay, WiiGroup, Enterseckt and Luno. KPMG estimates in a report last year that global investment in fintech companies grew from $19-billion in 2015 to over $31-billion in 2017. While a number of insurance... Read more To view the article on Ventureburn's website please click here.