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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.

Eight Gauteng startups to watch in 2018…

January 23, 2018

Johannesburg-based fintech startup i-Pay announced in November that it had secured a R10-million investment from venture capital (VC) firm and registered 12J VC fund Kalon Venture Partners. The startup’s electronic fund transfer (EFT) processing system automates EFT transactions and allows users to make instant, secure payments. Thomas Pays (pictured at right, together with Mitchan Adams, left and Lyle... Read more To view the full list click here.

Tech Central: Kalon invests R10m in SA…

November 24, 2017

Electronic payments specialist i-Pay has secured R10m in venture capital funding from Kalon Venture Partners, which it intends using to expand to other countries outside South Africa. The company, which facilitates bank-to-bank automated and instant electronic funds transfers, was launched in November 2014 by Thomas Pays, Mitchan Adams and Lyle Eckstein to offer an efficient... Read more To view the article on Tech Central's website please click here.

Kalon Venture Partners Invests in i-Pay, Instant…

November 17, 2017

Kalon Venture Partners is pleased to announce its recent investment in a leading payment service provider, i-Pay. The investment was exclusively announced to our shareholders at our Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday. This deal is our third investment in 4 months and is a further example of the unbelievable deal flow we are... Read more

Here are the 15 SA tech startups…

October 25, 2017

  South African tech startups have concluded deals valued at over $137.7-million so far this year, shows data tracked by Ventureburn. Ventureburn has tracked and reported on 15 deals valued at over $137.7-million to date in 2017 — including the $123-million acquisition in May of Cape Town startup GetSmarter by US listed company 2U. In all 12 of... Read more View the rest of the Venture Burn report here.

Kalon Venture Partners invests in The Sun…

October 24, 2017

 Kalon Venture Partners is proud to announce its 2nd investment in two months. The latest investment is The Sun Exchange, a peer-to-peer solar equipment leasing marketplace, domiciled in Delaware in the USA. The Sun Exchange raised $1.6 million (approx. R21million) from several strategic partners to accelerate global access to solar power. In addition to... Read more

“Join us in transforming Africa” – Kalon…

October 17, 2017

 This is the most transformative era in history and Section 12J venture capital company Kalon Venture Partners, formerly known as Grotech, is expecting to be at the forefront of change in Africa, said CEO Clive Butkow in an informative session at the African FinTech Awards at Finance Indaba Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 October. Clive captivated guests... Read more To read the full article on CFO's website click here.

Clive Butkow on the Matt Brown Show

October 14, 2017

Matt Brown – “So, yesterday I was giving a talk to a group of entrepreneurs from the entrepreneur’s organization. I was talking about the worlds Unicorn club – essentially a term used for a billion-dollar valued company. I was asked by one the delegates, why South Africa has not produced a Unicorn of its... Read more To listen to the full radio show please click here.

Investing in the perfect Entrepreneur? Look out…

September 13, 2017

“The most important skill for any entrepreneur is selling,” says Clive Butkow, CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, reflecting on his youth working in clothing stores and on his successful career that followed. “Someone has to make the stuff and someone has to sell the stuff. If you can’t sell what you make, you can’t... Read more