OUR INVESTMENTS

R1.240bn investable capital

VENTURE CAPITAL
KNF Ventures
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Grindstone
$
Savant
$
4Di
$
GROWTH
PAPE
$
SummerPlace
$
IMPACT
Spartan
$
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Grindstone

Grindstone is a Knife managed incubation programme that will identify 10 entrepreneur led businesses and assist their process to grow and be investment ready

4Di

4Di is a well-established venture capital firm with a strong track record that will identify and invest into early stage tech businesses

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Knife Capital

Knife Capital is an independent growth equity investment firm focusing on innovation-driven ventures with proven traction. By leveraging knowledge, networks & funding, Knife accelerates the international expansion of entrepreneurial businesses that achieved a product/market fit in a beachhead market.

Savant Capital

Savant is a commercially-focused hardware technology incubator and fund that provides bespoke business development support.

Savant partners with highly skilled science and technology inventors for their start-up and commercialisation journey

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PAPE

PAPE Fund Managers is an established, black-owned boutique private equity manager that invests in Southern Africa with the principal office domiciled in South Africa. As active managers of long-term equity risk capital across multiple funds, PAPE Fund Managers aspires to improve the lives of all South Africans through enhancing the Southern African Development Community’s agendas such as job creation, broader tax base and sustained economic growth

Spartan

Spartan is a debt financing house for SME’s and is strictly focused on small & growing businesses. Spartan provides a range of debt facilities including growth and mezzanine finance.

In addition, The SA SME Fund, Spartan and Black Umbrellas have entered into an agreement that will enable Spartan to provide funding to entrepreneurs who graduate from the Black Umbrellas incubators.

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SummerPlace

SummerPlace is a first time woman owned and managed private equity fund we are incubating. They will focus on investing into credible existing SME’s with a high potential to grow

A2Pay

A2Pay provides technology solutions to the informal retail market in South Africa. Through its collaboration with the Jobs Fund, A2Pay provides a solution to the unbanked spaza shop merchants to assist them to monitor the financial performance of their shops.

The SA SME Fund IC has approved a R25m facility to A2Pay which will allow A2Pay to foster financial inclusion via the provision of loans to existing spaza shop owners for growth and expansion.

Masisizane Fund

The Masisizane Fund is an Old Mutual initiative which provides funding and business development support to SMEs. The SA SME Fund has partnered with Masisizane to establish the Fuel Franchise Fund which will invest capital (debt and equity) into experienced franchisees seeking to operate fuel retail stations.

 

Masisizane has an extensive track record in funding fuel retailers across SA and so will provide support related to franchisor, franchisee and site selection, as well as post-investment oversight.

OneBio

OneBio Seed Investment Fund (“The Fund”) is a venture capital fund dedicated to investing in biotech companies. The Fund borrows from the highly successful Silicon Valley model of combining science, business and investment and will provide early stage seed capital to biotech start-ups from across South Africa.

 

The Fund will be the only biotech seed investor in Africa, and will capitalise on the global growth in biotech investment opportunities driven by the falling costs of basic biology tools.

University Technology Fund

The University Technology Fund (“UTF”) is a University IP commercialisation fund, that works to invest in and commercialise valuable South African IP originating from universities. The UTF is the first of its kind in South Africa and is based on best practice from Oxford and Cambridge universities , tailored to the South African context.