Wednesday 10 February 2016

GuarantCo Open East Africa Office to Support Infrastructure Investments

GuarantCo has opened a new office in Nairobi to cover the East and Southern African markets. Jane Kotut Sang has been appointed as the regional director, and Eugene Ntananga will support her as the regional advisor. GuarantCo will provide local currency...

South African PE Reports Upswing in Ten-Year Returns

SAVCA and RisCura have issued their latest Private Equity Performance Report, showing that private equity continues to outperform listed equities – from the press release: For the ten years to June 2015, South African private equity has reported a...

SAVCA Release 2015 VC Survey

The Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) has released the 2015 VC Survey, covering VC transactions between January 2011 and July 2015. The survey notes that ‘in the 2011-2015 period, 21 public and private VC fund managers...

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...

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