Friday, August 18, 2006

Top 10 Venture finance sources – Information Technology

This week and for a few months to come I will be featuring my various Top Ten lists as far as venture finance in South Africa is concerned. The focus will be on industries such as IT, Manufacturing, Bio-tech, Trade, Social funds and others.

Herewith the first Top Ten on Information Technology VC funds.

Please do contact me if you need any guidance in approaching these organisations.

Support Programme for Industrial Innovation - SPII
Financing aimed at industrialists/ entrepreneurs wanting to develop SA-based products or processes that represent significant technological advantage, over existing products.
PO Box 784055,Sandton,Johannesburg,2146 19 Fredman Drive,Sandown,Johannesburg,2196
Mr M Hunkin
011 -269 3552

West Fund (Business Partners)
In addition to Venture Capital and Private Equity, Business Partners is also the premier investor in lifestyle businesses.
Private Equity Company
PO Box 1745,Port Elizabeth,6000 266 Govan Mbeki Avenue,Port Elizabeth,
Mr P Mey

Viking Investments and Asset Management
This fund focuses on seed and start-up capital for most industries, excluding agriculture.
Private Equity Company
Venture House Peter Place Park, 54 Peter Place,Bryanston,Johannesburg
Mr M Walsh

Treacle Venture Managers
Treacle is a venture capital and private equity partnership focused on providing a superior service. Private Equity Company
P.O.Box 911, Cramerview, 2060 Gleneagles, Fairway Office Park, 52 Grosvenor Road,Bryanston,Johannesburg
Mr C Botha
011-463 7476

Technology Transfer Guarantee Fund (Khula)
The objective of the Technology Transfer Guarantee Fund is to provide loan guarantees for SMMEs for the sole purpose of acquiring manufacturing technology.
PO Box 4197,Rivonia,Johannesburg,2128 Mellis Park, Bradenham Hall 7 Mellis Road,Rivonia,Johannesburg,2128
Ms S Morekhure
011-807 8464

Rock-IT Private Equity Ventures
Rock-IT is a private equity and venture capital fund. The fund focuses on the information technology and electronic communications sectors.
Private Bag X116,Centurion,Pretoria,46 5 Bellingham Street, Hone Highveld,Centurion,Pretoria
Mr N Venter
012-665 9083

Information and Communication Technology Programme
This programme features projects that focus on research, development, internship opportunities for youth, investment promotion and cluster development Government
PO Box 902,Groenkloof,Pretoria,0027 SABS Building, No 1 Dr Lategan Road,Groenkloof,Pretoria,
Mr A Manzoni
012-428 7673

Gensec - Archway Technology Venture
Due to previous successes, this fund was launched as a successor to an earlier fund, focusing on Technology.
3A Summit Road,Dunkeld West,Johannesburg
Mr L Bruhns
011-778 6242

African Harvest Capital
African Harvest Capital houses all the investment banking activities of African Harvest.
Private Equity Company
Private Bag X1005,Claremont,Cape Town,7700 Post Net Suite 28,Claremont,Cape Town
Mr N Gugushe 011 263 9500

Innovation Fund - (from NRF)
The Innovation Fund provides grants to fund the end-stage research process where research knowledge can lead to improved products and services Government
PO Box 6200,Pretoria,0001
Meiring Naude Road,Brummeria,Pretoria,0001 Ms L Sukhdeo
012-481 4217

Let me know if you know of a fund that should be included here.


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