Wednesday 27 May 2015

Industry News

Guest Post: Finding Scale for Tech VC Investments

So much excitement about Africa’s tech space, so little scale! We’re borrowing this post from Russell Southwood from Smartmonkey TV who interviewed Sacha Poignonnec, the managing director of Africa Internet Group (...

More US Pension Fund Money for African PE?

This subject is getting a bit of traction on the internet: The WSJ first reported that one of the largest US pension funds, the USD180bn New York State Common Retirement Fund, had announced that it would invest up to 3% of its assets – which could be around USD5bn ‑ in Africa over the...

SAVCA Launch Compendium of ESG Case studies

The Southern Africa Venture Capital Association (SAVCA) have launched their first environmental, social and governance (ESG) compendium with 16 case studies from the private equity industry. The case studies document how private equity investment can nurture more sustainable business...

Guest Post: Why is Francophone African Start Up Culture Slow to Take Off?

African Francophone start-up culture has been slower to take off than in Anglophone countries. The roots of the explanation for why this might be the case are a mixture of cultural and economic. Russell Southwood talks to those involved in the Francophone start-up ecosystem and...

SAVCA/RisCura: South African PE Continues Strong Returns in Q4 2014

The joint Riscura/SAVCA Private Performance Report notes continued strong performance int the fourth quarter of 2014 despite ‘significant volatility across all investment markets’ during the year. From the press release: ‘Particularly pleasing for private equity investors is the...

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