Can South African start-ups offer investors global returns?

​South African businesses funded by Venture Capital (VC) are competing on the world’s stage, billing in US dollars and earning investors market leading returns, while simultaneously granting access to offshore exposure. The question is: Can they offer investors global returns? As a managing partner of a Venture Capital firm, much of my day is spent assessing local early stage investment opportunities and I regularly find myself excited about the South African and African markets prospects. With much focus on technology-based investments, a common question is, ‘How can a Cape Town start-up compete with a start-up in Palo Alto, Singapore, London, or Tel Aviv?’. There is a mistaken belief that

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