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4 things Kalon Venture Partners looks for…

June 8, 2018

Disruptive technology that is 12 months ahead of the competition. A proven product. A large addressable market. The best team on the planet. These are four things venture capitalist Clive Butkow looks for when his Kalon Venture Partners — a registered Section 12J Venture Capital Company picks tech startups to invest in. Butkow’s Johannesburg based VC company already... Read more

The irony of Venture Capitalists in South…

May 30, 2018

“The irony of venture capitalists in South Africa is that they don’t really venture,” said entrepreneur Benji Coetzee as Matt Brown kicked off the second in his Secrets of Scale events, hosted by MESH Club in Rosebank. In keeping with the Matt Brown Show’s quirky, honest and above-all authentic take on the challenges facing... Read more

United Nations Development Programme and The Sun…

May 15, 2018

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is teaming up with Kalon Venture Partners investment The Sun Exchange – a marketplace that finances solar power with cryptocurrency – to help one of Moldova’s largest universities go solar. The establishment is expected to meet most of its energy needs from solar power overnight and make considerable savings... Read more

The SunExchange in $25m ICO to allow…

April 19, 2018

The SunExchange, a Kalon Venture Partners investment, a blockchain-based solar micro-leasing marketplace, has introduced SUNEX, a new digital network token built for the Sun Exchange platform. The SUNEX network token is utilised in the new Sun Exchange Solar Project Insurance Fund (SPIF), designed to minimise risk and unlock financing for previously financially underserved solar... Read more

CBInsights: Blockchain Is Making Its Way Into…

April 4, 2018

BLOCKCHAIN-ENABLED ENERGY TRANSACTIONS The majority of blockchain energy projects are focused on peer-to-peer (P2P) energy marketplaces. In Brooklyn, a partnership between LO3 Energy and Siemens has established the Brooklyn Microgrid, which allows customers to buy and sell energy to their neighbors via the blockchain. This means they don’t need to go through the utility, which is the central... Read more To read the full CB Insights article please click here.

i-Pay CEO – We’ve hit burst of…

March 19, 2018

i-Pay CEO, Thomas Pays With just over two months left in which to raise $5-million in funding, things at Johannesburg fintech i-Pay are picking up, says co-founder and CEO Thomas Pays. “We haven’t (had) a quiet period in the past two months,” said Pays (pictured above in conversation with Sarah Strauss) at a French Tech event held yesterday... Read more To view the article on Ventureburn's website please click here.

Endeavor Selects Kalon Investment i-Pay at the…

March 12, 2018

Endeavor selected 22 entrepreneurs leading 14 companies from 8 countries at the 77th International Selection Panel (ISP) in Dubai, including MENA ride-hailing leader Careem. Endeavor now supports 1,621 entrepreneurs leading 1,014 companies in 30 growth markets around the world. Panelists at the event, held February 20-22, 2018, in Dubai and hosted by Endeavor UAE, included top business leaders and investors from the MENA region... Read more To read the full Endeavor list please click here.

Business Day Live: Section 12J Tax Scheme…

March 9, 2018

Section 12J of the Income Tax Act has been a “huge success” in that it has ignited SA’s venture-capital industry and unlocked funding for innovative firms, says Clive Butkow, CEO of section 12J company Kalon Venture Partners. Section 12J was introduced in 2009 to incentivise investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) via tax... Read more To view the article on Business Day Live click here.

7 Most Active Investors in African startups…

January 29, 2018

Investment into African tech startups hit the highest levels since records began in 2017, with 159 startups raising in excess of US$195 million. The Disrupt African Tech Startups Funding Report 2017, released this month, reveals a record amount of funding was secured over the course of 2017, by the highest number of startups to date. Total... Read more To view the full list click here.