Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Top-10 Venture Finance sources - Retail

This week I look at South African finance sources for start-ups in the retail sector. There are a number of great funds around despite the application process being quite labor intensive and tedious. If you are successful, it will be worth all the time invested.

Best of luck with this, and once again, let me know if you need any support.

BOE Bank Limited A bank providing commercial loans.
Financial Institution www.boe.co.za Box 785802,Sandton,Johannesburg,2146 75 Grayston Avenue,Sandton,Johannesburg,2146 jrauch@boebank.co.za Mr W Rauch 011-286 4011

Venture Capital Fund (ABSA Corporate Bank)
The Venture Capital Fund complements the Core Portfolio Fund which is for more established businesses. Private Equity Company www.absa.co.za PO Box 8054, Johannesburg, 2000 180 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg evitag@absa.co.za Mr T Edmond 011-350 2558

Venture Capital Managers
This fund focuses on manufacturing and technology industries. Private Equity Company Block F, Hurlingham Office Park, Woodlands Avenue,Hurlingham,Johannesburg venture@sancelink.co.za Mr N Charlton 011-787 0252

Zephyr Africa
Funding for most development stages, except seed and start-up Private Equity Company www.zephyrmanagement.com P.O.Box 55955, Northlands, 2116 1st Floor Unihold House, 22 Hurlingham Road,Illovo,Johannesburg mcj@zmlp.co.za Mr M Jennings 011-268 6911

Infrastructure and Logistics Programme (from DTI)
The role of the Logistics Programme is to develop the national logistics and supply chain capability. Government www.dti.gov.za Private Bag X84,Pretoria,0001 elvin@isa.org.za Mr E Harris 012-310 1498

Ideas Fund (Old Mutual Asset Managers SA)
The IDEAS Fund is a fund that is focused on development which broadly means investment opportunities that increase economic capacity Private Equity Company PO Box 878,Cape Town,8000 tplaistowe@omam.com Mr T Plaistowe 021-509 1197/5022

Greenfields Venture Capital (Pty) Ltd
Greenfields manages the Pick n Pay Ackerman Foundation, which focuses on most sectors, except property, liquor, gambling and tobacco. Private Equity Company www.gvc.co.za PO Box 44436,Claremont,Cape Town,7735 info@gvc.co.za Mr G Galiel 021-671 2820

Global Capital Private Equity Ltd
Being entrepreneurial by nature Global is opportunistic and provides more than just money. Global acts as the company's financial and business strategist, corporate advisor and confidant Private Equity Company www.glocapital.com P.O.Box 260362,Excom,2023 21 West Street,Houghton,Johannesburg,2198 larryn@glocapital.com Mr L Nestadt 011-728 0255

Fund IV (Ethos Private Equity)
Using the funds it manages, Ethos specialises in acquisitions that involve management participation. Private Equity Company 35 Fricker Road, Illovo,Sandton,Johannesburg,2196 cdreyer@ethos.org.za Mr A Roux 011-328 7400 Biotechnology, Finance/Insurance, Health Care, Industrial/Energy, Information Techn, Manufacturing, Media, Mining, Retail, Services, Telecommunications, Trade

Embassy of Israel
A donor providing developmental assistance. Donor PO Box3726,Pretoria,0001 339 Hilda Street,Hatfield,Pretoria embofisr@iafrica.com Mr T Herzl 012-342 2361


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