SAVCA VC Conference 2023 Agenda

Thursday, 19 October 2023

SAVCA PE Conference 2023 Agenda

Venture Capital Conference Proceedings

Thursday, 19 October 2023
07h30 – 08h50 Registration
08h50 – 09h00 MC Welcome

Rajiv Daya, Pan-African Investment Professional
09h00 – 09h15 Opening Address

Tshepiso Kobile, CEO, SAVCA
09h15 – 10h15 Keynote Address: Where is South Africa going to be post national elections?

Objective: Provide a broad context into the impact of the elections and the future of business in South Africa.

Ebrahim Fakir, Political commentator and Senior Research associate at the Centre for African diplomacy and leadership (CADL), University of Johannesburg
10h15 – 11h00 Panel Discussion: VC investment landscape – African overview

Objective: Perspectives on key trends and opportunities in the Southern, Eastern and Western African regions.

Moderator: Brendan Mullen, Managing Director, Secha Capital

Keet van Zyl, Co-Founder & Partner, Knife Capital
Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital
Maryanne Ochola, Managing Director, Endeavor Kenya
11h00 – 11h30 Mid-morning Break
11h30 – 12h15 Panel Discussion: Investor perspectives on allocation to VC as an attractive asset class

What role can Institutional Investors play in unlocking VC potential in SA

Objective: Institutional investors and allocators who have led the way to share insights on why VC should be looked at differently, experience from investments, where they see opportunities and future plans.

Rudigor Kleyn, CEO, Capitan Finance

Kagiso Makhele, Portfolio Manager, EPPF
Rory Ord, Head of Private Markets, 27four Investment Managers
Paula Mokwena, CEO, Fireball Capital
12h15 – 13h15 A showcase of Resilience: Portfolio companies

Objective: Showcase those investee companies that the industry is most excited about.

Claudia Manning, Principal, SA SME Fund

Showcase Panellists:
Sam Hutchinson, Founder & CEO, Sendmarc
Spencer Horne, Founder, Cloudline
James Ross, Co-Founder, BixBio
13h15 – 14h15 Lunch & Networking
14h15 – 15h00 Panel Discussion: Strengthening the ecosystem at early stage to improve the quality of the pipeline

Objective: What can be done to strengthen the Early Stage phase. How to adress the gaps in Early Stage funding.

Arnold Sigauque, Policy and Advocacy Lead, Darkies In Tech (DIT)

Catherine Young, Managing Partner, Grindstone Ventures
Janice Johnston, CEO, Edge Growth
Alison Collier, Managing Director, Endeavor
15h00 – 15h15 Fireside Chat: USAID Mobilizing Investment into diverse fund manager

Melanie de Nysschen, Programme Manager:FMDP, SAVCA

Amanda Fong, Health Team Lead & USAID Representative
Robin Padberg, USAID Mobilizing Investment, Chief of Party
15h15 – 16h15 Keynote Address: The changing face of business: futuristic and disruptive technology trends that will impact business

Objective: Reflection and Insights into the power of Generative AI and ChatGPT to revolutionalise industries and transform the way businesses operate.

Johan Steyn, Human-Centered AI Advocate, International speaker, Top 50 global voices on AI (Swiss Cognitive), Founder of, Research fellow with Stellenbosch Uni and on the faculty of Woxsen Uni
16h15 – 16h30 Afternoon Tea Break
16h30 – 17h15 Panel Discussion: Lessons learnt on fundraising

Objective: Challenges encountered in fundraising, specific areas requiring intervention and strategies to overcome these.

Joshua Janks, Partner, Bowmans

Brett Commaille, Partner, Hlayisani
Ian Lessem, Managing Director, HAVAIC
Brent Shahim, Managing Partner, Venture Capitalworks
17h15 – 17h30 Closing Address

Ketso Gordhan, CEO, SA SME Fund
17h30 – 17h35 MC Closing Remarks

Rajiv Daya, Pan-African Investment Professional
17h35 – 19h00 Networking Cocktail Function

Agenda subject to change.