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Address: Barinor’s Vineyard South, The Vineyards Office Estate, Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa
7530
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Short Business Description: Agri-Vie is a private equity investment fund focused on food and agribusiness in Sub-Sahara Africa, a foundational sector of the continent’s economies. Agri- Vie harnesses private equity investment disciplines to generate above-average investment returns, while also addressing development impact challenges. Initiated by the Agri-Vie investment team and Sanlam Private Equity with the cooperation of South African and international investors as well as the Makotulo Consortium, Agri-Vie has consistently grown its role as a trusted investment partner in food & agribusiness. Since inception in 2008, we’ve invested USD 100m in the food and agribusiness sector. Recognising value, or the potential for value, is our business. This ability, combined with the right mix of capital, time and business building expertise, enables us to unlock value for investors, while positively impacting on communities and their environment.

Core Focus: Finance.
Business Website Address: http://www.agrivie.com
Business Phone Number: 021 913 5662
Barclays Accelerator
Address: Barclays Accelerator 66 Albert Road Woodstock Exchange Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
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Short Business Description: Recognised as one of the world’s economic powerhouses, Cape Town will cater to companies addressing opportunities in Africa and emerging markets. Our 13-week programme will tap into this strong financial centre and offer mentorship, support and a wealth of money-can’t-buy knowledge and experience. Start-ups will also gain access to our mentors, industry experts, and Barclays executives globally. We’re looking for a diverse group of businesses, both from within the African continent and from around the globe, to join us and help shape the future of financial services. Core Focus: Finance, Mentorship and Support
Business Website Address: http://www.techstars.com
Business Partners
Address: 60 Sir Lowry Rd, CBD, Cape Town, Western Cape
Short Business Description: We are a specialist risk finance company that provides customised financial solutions, sectoral knowledge, mentorship, business premises and other added-value services for formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa and selected African countries. We’re passionate about funding, supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs, or as we like to call them, the square pegs in round holes. Core Focus: Finance and Entrepreneurship Support
Business Website Address: http://www.businesspartners.co.za
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Short Business Description: Our mission is to democratize the investment process through crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing has changed many aspects of our life—where we eat, where we stay, and how we get there. It’s about time it changes how we invest our money. It is our belief that investors should have some say what stocks are included in funds they invest in. Now it is possible. Core Focus: Funding
Business Website Address: http://www.crowdinvest.com
Address: 26 Melville Road Illovo Johannesburg
Gauteng
2196
Short Business Description: The Academy is a centre of excellence specialising in tailor-made, practical business education and support services delivered by leading faculty and industry specialists to entrepreneurs, nationally. In South Africa, small businesses are recognised as a driving force for economic growth and creation of jobs. The National Development Plan refers to a target of 90% of the expected 11 million jobs that need to be created by small and growing businesses. However, 80-90% of new businesses fail in the first two years, with some of the reasons for failure being lack of access to markets, capital and business skills. To address this challenge, the Academy’s primary focus is making business education accessible to start-up, micro and small business entrepreneurs, especially those who have been underserved or marginalised. In doing so, our purpose is to help small business owners to develop sustainable, efficient enterprises that are able to employ more people. Core Focus: Development, Education
Business Website Address: http://www.gibs.co.za
Business Phone Number: 011 771 4205
Grindstone Accelerator
Address: 202 Waterfront Terraces, Waterfront Road, Tygervalley Waterfront, Bellville, Western Cape
7530
Short Business Description: Grindstone is Knife Capital’s year-long entrepreneurial development programme to assist post-revenue scalable innovation-driven businesses in accelerating strategy execution. The programme has been developed as a result of interactions with thousands of South African companies where it is evident that most are not sufficiently prepared and positioned to: Cope with accelerated growth. Pass an investor due diligence. Raise adequate growth funding. Take full advantage of M&A opportunities. Secure international partnerships. A general lack of awareness of the gaps in their business value chain lead some potentially high-growth SMEs to never address the issues that are holding them back in a systematic and measurable manner. Grindstone supplies 10 companies annually with knowledge, networks and funding readiness through growth measurement, gap analysis and deep interventions designed to build a foundation for growth, transfer skills, create relevant business networks and enable these companies to take advantage of market access opportunities. Business support resources and services will include elements of training, corporate advisory, coaching, mentorship and funding. Through Grindstone, Knife Capital forms long-term partnerships with scale-up entrepreneurs for a shared upside. The business model is a combination of a capital growth incentive from investing in some participating companies cultivated through the programme (on arm’s-length funding terms), and market-related transaction fees if third party investment is secured. Programme partners contribute in services, time and sponsorship. Focus Areas: entrepreneurial development, Venture capital
Business Website Address: http://www.knifecap.com/grindstone
Business Phone Number: 021 914 5566
Grovest
Address: 164 Katherine Street Pinmill Office Park, Building 2 Strathavon Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 2196
2196
Short Business Description: Grovest is South Africa’s first Venture Capital Company (VCC) incorporated under Section 12J of the Income Tax Act. An Investment in Grovest affords investors direct exposure to the rapidly developing VC sector in South Africa, whilst enabling them to write off up to 100% of their investment capital against their taxable income in the year in which the investment is made. Core Focus: Finance
Business Website Address: http://www.grovest.co.za
Business Phone Number: 011 262 6433
Harambee
Address: 70 Fox Street, Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa
2196
Short Business Description: Harambee is a youth employment accelerator. We connect employers looking for entry-level talent to young, high-potential work-seekers who are currently locked out of the formal economy. Started in 2011, we recruit candidates where existing corporate recruitment networks do not reach, assess their competencies and match them to jobs where they are most likely to succeed. We then deliver high quality work readiness programmes that directly address the risks identified by employers in taking on first-time workers. Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator seeks to partner with employers who have entry level recruitment needs and who are willing to tackle youth unemployment through their core operations. Harambee sources, matches and bridges young work-seekers, in order to increase their likelihood of success in employment. We effectively de-risk the recruitment process for the employer, by matching them with suitable candidates, who are better able to cope in a new working environment. To ensure a smooth transition for both the employer and the employee, we provide post placement support once the employee has been placed. SMEs have the added advantage of being able to access an HR & SME toolkit containing policy and procedure templates, specifically designed for SMEs. Core Focus: Youth Employment Recrutement
Business Website Address: http://www.harambee.co.za
Business Phone Number: 011 593 0500
IBM
Short Business Description: IBM, the leading multinational technology and consulting corporation in the United States believes in playing a responsible role in society, according to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy. It has a focus on specific societal issues such as the environment, community economic development, education, health, literacy, language and culture. Environment remains a key area for IBM where it seeks to achieve results consistent with environmental leadership and ensure that it is vigilant in protecting the environment across all of its operations worldwide. It also issues its environment report annually. It’s Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs team work to address local needs and help improve the communities where IBM centres are based worldwide. It also has volunteer programs for its employees. The IBM grant program is where the company provides direct grants to NGOs and communities worldwide. As an IT-oriented group, its Services Grants provide support to educational institutions and NGOs for enhancing their IT infrastructure and leadership and technology skills. Besides this, there are other types of grants such as IBM Community Grants and Matching Grants which are mostly available for US-based non-profits. Core Focus: Finance, Enterprise development and Education
Business Website Address: http://www.ibm.com
Business Phone Number: 011 208 3000
Identity Development Fund (IDF)
Address: 2nd Floor 33 Fricker Road Illovo Boulevard Illovo, , Gauteng
2196
Short Business Description: IDF Managers is an entrepreneurial SME development financier that provides innovative financial and non-financial support services to black owned, women owned and youth owned businesses. We support businesses that demonstrate innovation, commercial viability, scalability and contribute to our country’s socio-economic development and in particular job creation. IDF Managers was formerly established in 2008 by Identity Partners, black women owned and managed investment holding company. We manage four funds on behalf of both institutional and corporate enterprise development investors. Focus Areas: Innovation, Financial and non-financial support services to black owned, women owned and youth owned businesses.
Business Website Address: http://www.idf.co.za
Business Phone Number: 011 351 2900