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Address: Unit A3 The Beachhead 10 Niblick Way Somerset West, Western Cape South Africa
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Short Business Description: Acorn is a specialist private equity fund manager and investment advisor focused exclusively on Sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 2009, Acorn is a dedicated partner to all our investee companies, fostering sustainable businesses and generating long-term value for all stakeholders. The Acorn investment team is committed to exceptional performance, uncompromising integrity, honesty and ethical business practices. These principles allow us to encourage value creation and support growth as opposed to maximising returns to the detriment of our underlying portfolio companies. Acorn specialises in a vital but often-overlooked sector of the market, being small and medium enterprises. SMEs are a critical growth driver in Sub-Saharan Africa and capital invested in these enterprises truly has the power to transform those businesses and uplift communities. Well-managed investments in this sector can also earn an astute investor exceptional returns. Acorn invests through Limited Liability Partnerships as well as an investment holding company, Acorn Agri.

Core Focus: Finance
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Business Phone Number: 021 852 2887
Address: No.1 Silo Silo Square V&A Waterfront Cape Town, Western Cape
Short Business Description: The Allan Gray Orbits Foundation’s vision is to create responsible entrepreneurs for the common good. People often ask how the Foundation goes about selecting individuals. In this piece Anthony Farr attempts to answer this question noting that, as with Allan Gray’s process for selecting stocks, the Foundation will always be working to improve its answer to this fundamental question.
At its simplest level, entrepreneurial behaviour is about an individual’s ability to turn ideas into action. In its search for Fellows to help fulfil its vision, the Foundation looks for individuals who exhibit entrepreneurial behaviour measured against five pillars, which are defined in Table 1. The first two pillars, Intellectual Imagination and Personal Initiative, are character traits of individuals who have the curiosity to originate an idea and the initiative to bring that idea to life. The remaining three pillars – Spirit of Significance, Achievement Excellence and Courageous Commitment – describe the type of ideas that should come from these individuals and the qualities they will need to sustain their ideas.
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Business Phone Number: 0860 000 654
Address: 46 Hof Street, Oranjezicht, CapeTown, Western Cape
Short Business Description: The Foundation is investing in a long-term legacy of greatness through inspiring and developing individuals who will become high impact responsible entrepreneurs. It is the Foundation’s belief that such individuals are capable of shaping and transforming the future of the Southern African region as they will be driven to make a life-altering positive impact on the world around them. The Foundation therefore seeks to nurture and develop an entrepreneurial mindset in the most promising of Southern Africa’s youth through its Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities. Core Focus: Entrepreneurship and Youth Development
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Business Phone Number: 021 481 5400
Anglo-Khula Mining Fund
Address: 7 Mellis Rd, RIVONIA,
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Short Business Description: The fund started in 2003 and invests in viable SME companies that are involved in small scale mining and related activities within the Republic of South Africa. The fund provides equity and/or debt instruments, with equity stakes taken no exceeding 49% of the issued share capital of investees. The individual investments range between R1m and R30m (per project). SME financing is capped at the prevailing prime lending rate. Focus Areas: Equity and debt
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Business Phone Number: 086 094 6353
Address: 2014 Carmichael Road PO Box 222 Queenstown, Eastern Cape
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Short Business Description: The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBS can help lift countries out of poverty. ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization. Core Focus: Network
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Business Phone Number: (202) 736-2298
Aurik Enterprise Development
Address: 3rd Floor, 132 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Short Business Description: Aurik was born in 2000 from a genesis of starting, investing and building businesses into Assets of Value. We started, built and sold 12 businesses over 8 years. This led to our insight of how to rapidly start, build and grow a business. It informed the business-building methodology on which Aurik Business Accelerator is founded. Aurik Enterprise Development began in 2004 with the advent of the Codes for Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) in South Africa and is today one of South Africa’s foremost Business Development Support (BDS) agencies in Africa. Core Focus: Incubation and Business Development Support
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Business Phone Number: 011 447 5575
Awethu Project
Address: Constitution Hill Precinct 11 Kotze Street Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Short Business Description: We’re the most innovative SMMME investment company in South Africa…whether you’re a spaza shop owner or a Black Industrialist; we have a programme designed for you. We’re using entrepreneurship to build the country we all want to live in…a fair country, in which every South African has the opportunity to realise their potential. We flexibly combine ideas, people, and capital, to build the fast-growing SMMMEs South Africa needs. Core Focus: Incubation and Support
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Business Phone Number: 011 024 1606
Black Management Forum Free State
Address: No. 20 President Steyn Avenue, West Dene, Bloemfontein, Free State
Short Business Description: The BMF is a non- racial, thought leadership organisation founded in 1976, with the main purpose of influencing socio-economic transformation of our country, in pursuit of socio-economic justice, fairness and equity. The BMF continues to be vocal on these aforementioned matters and has been keeping Corporate South Africa in check and encouraging participation of the broader South African stakeholders. The organisation stands for the development and empowerment of managerial leadership primarily amongst black people within organisations and the creation of managerial structures and processes, which reflect the demographics, and values of the wider society. Whereas the BMF is not apolitical, but is non-partisan. The BMF is however not neutral on matters of transformation- We are pro-transformation. Consulting, Leadership and empowerment
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Business Phone Number: 079 809 7936
Caban Capital
Address: Block I Georgian Place Southway Road, Kelvin Johannesburg, Gauteng
Short Business Description: Caban is a company born of authentic passion to enable entrepreneurs to succeed in business. Caban invests in high-growth opportunities to maximise returns for shareholders and simultaneously provides a comprehensive service offering enabling entrepreneurs to succeed. Once the basics of business building are taken care of (such as finance, strategies and business plans), we ensure the visibility of our clients through all applicable channels. There is no one size fits all approach at Caban. Every business is unique and requires the right platform for the right audience. Caban is a collaboration of like-minded entrepreneurs, each with substantial experience, expertise and know-how to focus on areas where the businesses need attention. We thrive on building people and embrace the concept of social capitalism. Development, Creative Business Support and Venture Capital
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Business Phone Number: 021 683 2425
Cape Craft Design Institute
Address: Harrington House, 37 Barrack Str
Cape Town
Western Cape
Short Business Description: The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) was set up in 2001 to support the needs of creative businesses in the Western Cape, and to grow the region’s craft and design sector. A not-for-profit company, the CCDI is a joint initiative of Western Cape Government and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Core Focus: Development, Creative Business Support and Infrastructure
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Business Phone Number: 021 461 1488