Savvy Venture Fund I

A Unique Investment Opportunity in an SME Corporate Access Fund

❖ The Fund is a SARS registered Section 12J Venture Capital Company in South Africa and offers investors tax deductible investing.

❖ We invest a min. of R250,000 in businesses / SMEs on ESD programmes or with guaranteed corporate contracts. In addition, we allocate from R1 mil per round for follow-on rounds and for post-revenue businesses with great concepts & strong founding/management team operating in the consumer, technology and innovation sectors.

❖ Target Returns (IRR) for Investors of +35% p.a (incl. the tax benefit) over a 5-6 year period.

❖ Strong and experienced fund management team and board of directors / advisors.

❖ B-BBEE Level 1 contributor & black-managed firm with a focus on supporting emerging black entrepreneurs

❖ Provide Mentor Capital, business support & networks through our Savvy Business Village programmes






The fund is a registered Section 12J VCC (FSP 48248; VCC-0061) in South Africa. It focuses on early stage investments in South Africa. It is set up as a private company in the Republic of South Africa and offers tax resident investors a tax deduction for making the investment in the company. The fund focuses on early stage & emerging, high growth SMEs with a maximum book value of ZAR50 mil.



  • Our focus is on early-stage & emerging, consumer facing, innovative, high growth companies
  • We invest in 3 key themes that are tap into innovation and solutions for Africa

  • Our 3 themes are then refined into 6 specific sectors  we have chosen to focus on. Our sector focus further strengthens our investment case to support ventures:
    • that have a direct positive impact on society,
    • tap into the positive demographic dividend in Africa,
    • use innovation and technology to tap into / expand markets and
    • offer a chance for early stage investors to earn above average returns.


Investment Size:

o  Deal Size (ESD):  R250,000 in businesses / SMEs on ESD programmes, or with corporate or public sector contracts for minimum 5% equity stake;

o  Deal Size (VC): From ZAR1 mil (or $100,000,  ex SA) upwards per round in all other post-Revenue ventures.

o  Equity Stake / Investment (VC):  20 – 50%

o  Funding Type:  Equity or quasi-Equity


Invest in the future of South Africa and participate in the growth of its top fast-growing & job-creating SMEs!


Invest in Savvy Venture Capital.  



Savvy Venture Capital is a Section 12J Venture Capital Company that offers a unique opportunity to earn enhanced returns with limited capital risk featuring:


  • Upfront tax relief of up to 45% (for individuals) and 28% (for companies) in the financial year of investment;
  • Ability to carry forward amount of investment exceeding taxable income as a tax loss in future years;
  • Returns of capital not subject to recoupment if Venture Capital Shares held for at least five years;
  • Experienced Board and Management Team with a successful track record of investment management, driving growth, creating value and managing third party assets;
  • A strong pipeline of opportunities in South Africa;
  • Opportunity to list SavvyVC on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange or Alt X.
  • Targeted annual return of 35% (incl. tax benefit);
  • Annual dividend received by Investor;
  • Investments in a portfolio of emerging businesses operating in 6 consumer focused sectors businesses and operating in South Africa;
  • Investment strategy based on tapping into fast growing, people-facing sectors of the economy:
  1. FMCG (Consumer)
  2. FinTech / Technology
  3. Social Touch (Education & Healthcare Solutions)