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Thursday, 9 May 2024

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 fourth in-person SAVCA Industry Awards. 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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For more information on the nominations process and completion of the nomination form, please view the recorded information session.

The Awards Process

Nominations open

30 June 2023

Nominations close

26 July 2023

Short list finalised

August 2023

Letters sent to shortlisted nominees

September 2023

Judging panel session

21 October 2023

Awards event

09 May 2024

The Awards Shortlist

Start-ups / Venture Capital

SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - EMGuidance


SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - Hear X

hearX Group

SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - Lipa Payments

Lipa Payments

SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - Pineapple



SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - Echotech


SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - LED Lighting SA

LED Lighting SA

SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - Thusong

Thusong Financial Services


SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - My Runway


SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - TrenStar



SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - Amrod


SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - Auto X


SAVCA Industry Awards 2023 nominee - Excellerate Services

Excellerate Services

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 2023. 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:

Anne Keppler

Anne Keppler

 Regional Director Southern Africa:


Shainal Sukha

Managing Director:
Sukha and Associates (Pty) Ltd

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