SAVCA 2021 Venture Capital Conference

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The SA SME Fund is a private sector led initiative to stimulate economic growth by supporting SMEs. The Fund's shareholders are the largest corporates in South Africa, who have collectively invested R1.4 billion into the Fund. We allocate investment capital to accredited venture capital or growth-oriented equity fund managers –– that invest directly in scalable small and medium enterprises with the best potential for growth and sustainable employment creation in the South African economy.  Through our Fund Managers we can reach a greater network of businesses that enables us to ultimately have a more significant impact on employment and value creation.


IDF Capital is a Private Equity and Venture Capital investor. The business is women-owned and led, a pre-eminent advisor and entrepreneurial financier in South Africa with a dedicated focus on female entrepreneurs as well as technology-based businesses. Established in 2008, the business profitably invests in high growth entrepreneurial businesses by providing appropriate financial and non-financial solutions to unlock value in the SME sector. Our collaborative approach to supporting entrepreneurs has made us a trusted name in entrepreneurial finance and value creation. IDF has a bespoke approach to advisory funding and growth solutioning for entrepreneurs, from pre-screening to post-investment value creation interventions. This value chain investing approach ensures pipeline opportunities are de-risked as they get funded. IDF Capital's Assets under management are ZAR1.5billion. To date, IDF Capital has committed approximately ZAR1billion to 290 companies supporting c.26 000 jobs. Our overall portfolio is 52% women and 22% youth owned businesses. Through the deployment of intelligent capital, we are committed to the continued growth of Africa’s entrepreneurs by unlocking their potential to expand their businesses not only locally, but regionally and beyond. IDF Capital will be raising a Venture Capital Fund to invest in innovative technology, technology-enabling or enabled enterprises in Africa.


Newtown Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm founded by Llew Claasen and Vinny Lingham. The firm invests globally in early-stage, emerging technology and disruptive business model startups. Since 2019, they’ve worked with global logistics group, Imperial (JSE:IPL) to enable their corporate venture capital program. Newtown Partners operate out of offices in San Diego, U.S. and Cape Town, South Africa.

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