"Entrepreneurs and small businesses have a crucial role to play in helping South Africa to meet its economic growth and sustainable development goals. The small business sector is not only in the best position to grow employment, it's also well placed to harness the creativity needed to keep South African business relevant in a competitive and challenging global environment. It is precisely this entrepreneurial approach that we strive to partner with at Investec and that's why we are proud to continue our association with SAVCA through the SAVCA Industry Awards."

– Fani Titi, Investec joint CEO

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Sanlam Investments

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The SAVCA Awards!

The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association is excited to announce the second year running SAVCA Industry Awards 2019, in collaboration with Investec supported by Sanlam Investments. 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.

Congratulations to this year's Winners!


The Awards Process

Eager to nominate a portfolio company?
Here’s everything you need to know:






The Awards Shortlist

The official shortlist for the 2019 SAVCA Industry Awards finalists are:

"Now in its second year, the SAVCA Industry Awards recognise excellence, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. These are qualities Investec strongly values, so are proud to be associated with the Awards evening, as lead sponsor. We look forward to acknowledging the people and businesses that are driving growth in South Africa and the rest of the continent."

– Andrew Chananie, Investec Corporate and Institutional Banking

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.


Less than 5 years old

Enterprise Value not relevant


Funding stage:
Early Stage / Series A
or Series B funding
(excludes seed / pre-revenue)

SME COMPANIES <br/> (Small OR Medium)
(Small OR Medium)

Enterprise Value of under R200m

Revenue of under R200m

Funding stage not relevant

Established with positive operating cash flows


Enterprise Value over R200m and under R1.5bn

Revenue of over R200m and under R1.5bn

Funding stage not relevant

Established with positive operating cash flows


Enterprise Value over R1.5bn

Revenue of over R1.5bn

Funding stage not relevant

Established with positive operating cash flows

The Judging Process

Finalists and winners will be selected based on:


Review of


Shortlist of finalists
selected across the four
main categories


Finalists will be
interviewed and their
operations assessed


Findings will be
presented to the
judging panel


Winners will be selected,
by our judging panel
and announced at
the gala event

The Judging Criteria

Nominees must be current portfolio companies or the private equity/venture capital company must have exited in the past 12 months leading up to the 7th August 2019. 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 Judges

Adjudication Facilitator
Craig Beney
(Adjudication Facilitator)


Helical Capital Partners

Andre Roux_Cropped
Andre Roux

Deputy Chairman


André Rousseau

Chief Operating Officer

RMI Investment Managers

Anne Keppler
Anne Keppler

Regional Director Southern Africa


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Catherine Townshend

Growth Capital Solutions


Dr David Makovah
Dr. David Makovah


Tactus Advisory

Ketso Gordhan



Lynette Ntuli 2019
Lynette Ntuli

Founding Director & CEO

Innate Investment Solutions

Nick Riley

Head of Investment Banking and Principal Investments


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Sanlam Investments

The Sanlam Investments Group is one of the largest investment firms in Southern Africa. It is the investment cluster of the Sanlam Group, and includes Sanlam Specialised Finance, Sanlam UK, Sanlam Private Wealth and Sanlam Investments. Within the group, Sanlam Investments specialises in asset management for both retail and institutional clients. We offer a wide range of investment capabilities across active management, index tracking, multi management, international investments and alternative investments. As authorities on portfolio construction, we blend individual investment strategies from these capabilities into well-diversified solutions for our clients. Our objective is to preserve and grow our clients’ wealth while making a meaningful contribution to transformation and the South African economy.

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