Saturday 05 September 2015

Impact Benchmark Finds Good Performance Past, With the Jury Out on Recent Funds

The first global Impact Investing Benchmark was released recently by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Cambridge Associates. It is an important report – the first ever to compare performance data of market-rate private equity and venture...

Guest Post: Silvertree Capital on Overcoming the Africa Start Up Ecosystem

Republished with permission from smartmonkeytv.com. The language of Africa’s start-up ecosystem mimics that found elsewhere globally. But the reality is that it's busy being born and many of the things found elsewhere don’t yet apply. As ever, Africa is...

SAVCA/RisCura: Ten-Year Private Equity Data Show Strong Performance and Healthy Long-Term Returns

SAVCA and RisCura looked at the ten-year returns for South African private equity investments. From their press release – the link for the full report is at the end of the article: For the ten years to March 2015, the cumulative annual growth rate for...

KPMG-SAVCA Survey: SA Private Equity Remains Steady, Funds Returned to Investors Increase

KPMG and SAVCA have released their 15h South Africa Private Equity Survey – from their press release: For the 2014 calendar year, funds under management represent a compound annual growth rate of 11.3% (excluding undrawn commitments) since the inception...

Exits: So Necessary, So Difficult?

We all know that more successful exits and more data on exits will be key to attracting more investment into African private equity. A few interesting insights on this came out in the recent EAVCA conference on 9 June 2015 in Nairobi: Landing local...

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 (AIG). Africa’s fizzy start-up scene...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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