“Investec Corporate and Institutional Banking is delighted to be associated with the inaugural SAVCA Industry Awards evening, as lead sponsor. We are especially proud to be part of this event that recognises the exceptional performance of its members, as well as their contribution to society and Southern Africa as a whole.”

– Lourens van Rensburg, Investec Corporate and Institutional Banking

Welcome to the SAVCA Awards !

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Nominations close on the 31st May 2018

Welcome to the SAVCA Awards !

Coinciding with our 20th anniversary, the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association is excited to announce the inaugural SAVCA Industry Awards, in proud partnership with Investec. These awards will recognise portfolio companies that have thrived from private equity and venture capital investment in the region as well as the value these asset classes provide: mentorship, market access, business development,  guidance around corporate governance and so much more. All portfolio companies (headquartered in Southern Africa) currently benefiting from these types of investments are eligible for consideration by our panel of renowned business leaders and captains of industry.

The Awards Categories

These firms would generally meet at least two of the following criteria
The judges reserve the right to re-categorise nominees to ensure classification consistency


Enterprise value of under R50m

Revenue of under R200m

Seed/early stage/early growth investment


Enterprise value of R50m to R1bn

Revenue of R200m to R2bn

Expansion stage investment


Enterprise value of > R1bn

Revenue of above R2bn per annum

Private equity capital for transactions greater than R1bn

“Our desire is to make a meaningful contribution in society by supporting efforts that enable people to become active economic participants in society; hence entrepreneurship is one of our key focus areas alongside education. Stimulation of entrepreneurial thinking and activity in a country such as ours will go a long way, not only in encouraging innovative solutions to the many social challenges we face, but also in facilitating the growth of many other people - for in the growth of entrepreneurship lies the growth of many people, communities and society broadly.”

– Setlogane Manchidi, Investec CSI Head

The Judging Process

Finalists and winners will be selected based on :


Review of


Shortlist of finalists
selected across the three
main categories


Finalists will be
interviewed and their
operations assessed


Findings will be
presented to the
judging panel


Winners will be selected,
including the recipient of
the Chairman’s Award,
recognising exemplary
work within the sector

The Judging Criteria

Nominees must be current portfolio companies or the private equity/venture capital company must have exited in the 12 months leading up to the 31st May 2018. Only the performance of companies during the last 24 months will be considered during the judging process.

Finalists and winners will be selected based on:

  • Evidence of growth, including profit growth and investor returns
  • Job preservation/creation
  • Innovation
  • Environmental impact
  • Social impact
  • Leadership team/reputation

Other differentiating factors will include whether:

  • The nominee is an attractive, distinctive business that stands out amongst peers
  • The company demonstrates skilled execution of particular projects, including product innovation, acquisition, capital investment, international expansion or marketing innovation
  • The business demonstrates evidence of bold and authentic leadership, including the development of a strong, progressive culture and wider contribution to society
  • There is evidence of the positive impact of the private equity/venture capital relationship with the company: ranging from mentorship to new market access and other relevant factors

The Awards Ceremony

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner
and awards ceremony to be held at



November 2018

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