Investment Philosophy & Process

We firmly believe that growing, innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs) represent the greatest opportunity to enable inclusive economic growth.

  • SMEs in Africa are typically under-developed and under-funded leaving room for savvy investors to find and develop future sustainable enterprises and corporations.





Investment Size:

o  Deal Size:  (Savvy Venture Fund I): Between ZAR 1mil (or $100,000) and ZAR15 mil (or $1 mil)

o  Equity Stake / Investment:  20 – 50%

o  Funding Type:  Equity  / Mezzanine

o Focus on S.A. companies with a Book Value below R50 million

o Companies must be early stage but post-Revenue



—Initial Investment Criteria:

o  Proven management /founders’ team & concept

o  Strong financial track record (if existing venture)

o  Target turnover growth +20% per year with ROIC > 25%

o  Substantial addressable market

o  Scalable through falling marginal costs

o  Sustainable advantage/disruptive business model

o  Room for deep strategic and operational value add

o  Strong ability to have a positive social impact