In these times of geopolitical turbulence and economic disruption, resilient businesses with the ability to find opportunities in niche markets can still thrive. Investec is proud of the partnerships we have struck with entrepreneurial firms who have these qualities, as we are to support the SAVCA Industry Awards, which play a pivotal role in acknowledging the businesses that are making a difference.

Andrew Moffat – Joint head: Investec Investment Banking


The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) in partnership with Investec is excited to announce the third in-person SAVCA Industry Awards 2022. 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.

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The Awards Process

Nominations open

21 June 2022

Nominations close

15 August 2022

Short list finalised

August 2022

Letters sent to shortlisted nominees

September 2022

Judging panel session

21 October 2022

Awards event

10 November 2022

The Awards Shortlist


Nominee – AURA: Nominated by HAVAIC  |  Nominee – OneCart: Nominated by Kingson Capital


Nominee – Alley Roads: Nominated by Vantage Capital  |  Nominee – Edulife: Nominated by Sanari Capital
Nominee – Sand River Resort: Nominated by Lionshare  |  Nominee – JACHRIS: Nominated by ATA Capital


Nominee – Switch Energy Drink: Nominated by RMB Corvest  |  Nominee – Roos Foods: Nominated by RMB Corvest
Nominee – Synerlytic Group Holding: Nominated by Ethos Private Equity


Nominee – MetroFibre: Nominated by African Infrastructure Investment Managers
Nominee – Spring Lights Gas: Nominated by ATA Capital  |  Nominee – Petro Ivoire: Nominated by Vantage Capital

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.


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  • Less than 5 years old
  • Enterprise Value not relevant
  • Post-revenue
  • Funding Stage: Early Stage / Series A or Series B funding (excludes seed / pre-revenue)


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  • Enterprise Value of under R200m
  • Revenue of under R200m
  • Funding stage not relevant
  • Established with positive operating cash flows


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  • 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


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  • Enterprise Value over R1.5bn
  • Revenue of over R1.5bn
  • Funding stage not relevant
  • Established with positive operating cash flows

The Judging Process


Review of nominations


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 selected by judging panel and announced at the event

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 15 June 2022. Only the performance of companies during the last 36 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

Judging Panel

SAVCA Awards Craig Beney

Craig Beney

Helical Capital Partners

Dr Anthony Costa SAVCA

Dr Anthony Costa

Investment Lead:
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Dr David Makovah

Dr. David Makovah

Tactus Advisory

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Catherine Townsend

Head of Ecosystems and Partnership:

SAVCA Awards Andrew Moffat

Andrew Moffat

Joint Head of Investment Banking:


Ketso Gordhan


Anne Keppler

Anne Keppler

 Regional Director Southern Africa:


Shainal Sukha

Managing Director:
Sukha and Associates (Pty) Ltd

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