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October 31, 2019

Just south of San Francisco lie Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Stanford, to name a few of these famous, yet surprisingly small towns. This is where the garages, dorm rooms and poorly lit, drab offices are located that have witnessed the birth of businesses li...

September 19, 2019

The idea that consumers of the developing world are continuously playing catch-up with those in the first world, is becoming outdated. More and more, we are seeing innovations ‘defy gravity’ as they ‘flow uphill’ from poor to richer markets.

This trend is known as rev...

September 18, 2019

Within the emerging Fintech sector in Africa, the payment industry specifically has seen exponential growth. Despite cash being the most common method of payment, Africa is becoming a global leader in the use of mobile money, with platforms like mPesa facilitating tran...

August 21, 2019

​In late 2016 HAVAÍC invested in a creative research business, Delvv.io (“Delvv”). Soon after investing, they were a finalist in the FNB Innovation Awards, and competed at the Start-up World Cup in San Francisco. Whilst it was clear that this business was going somewhe...

July 30, 2019

​Cape Town based VC, HAVAÍC through its offshore structures, has invested the first round of early stage funding into Delaware, USA registered email productivity software business Sortd Inc. (Sortd) for an undisclosed amount.

Developed by experienced South African found...

July 24, 2019

Although Venture Capital (VC) is largely seen as countercyclical in nature, the old adage must surely apply that no man is an island. In this edition of the SMART VC series we focus on the SA investment outlook with the emphasis being on how recent developments in inve...

June 27, 2019

​Venture capital and early stage investing is a well-established industry and asset class in many developed markets, but remains relatively new in South Africa, where multiple opportunities await new investors.

Ian Lessem and Grant Rock, founding partners of a Cape-Town...

June 10, 2019

Earlier this year, Taz Technologies Inc (trading as MPOST), concluded a pre-Series A first round of funding for an undisclosed amount with Cape Town based VC, HAVAÍC.

Developed by Kenyan founders Abdulaziz (Aziz) Omar and Twahir Mohamed, MPost is an innovative, simple...

May 30, 2019

In our first edition, we kicked off with the basics of Venture Capital (VC) in our piece entitled 'VC101.1 - What is Venture Capital and how does it fit into the world of financing?' If you missed it, find it here. In this instalment, we are taking a closer look a...

May 22, 2019

A 2018 report by Wesgro, shows why Cape Town is the startup capital of Africa. Read a summary below or download it here.

  • South Africa presents low barriers for communication with its European time zone, English as business language.

  • South Africa has the la...

May 9, 2019

We've been on a journey these past 4 years and would like to share some of our learnings and successes. We have launched ‘SMART VC’, a channel to share with you:

  • The basics of Venture Capital (VC) in our 'VC101' series

  • Innovation news from Africa and the d...

May 3, 2019

​A lot of attention has been given to Fintech – and with due cause. With the rise of blockchain technologies, widespread adoption of the cheap smartphone and stronger encryption methods, the financial sector is open for innovation (or disruption).

In South Africa, we ha...

April 24, 2019

​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...

December 10, 2018

Founders and entrepreneurs are by nature confident, optimistic and most likely very smart. They have a vision for the future and the skills to get there. They often show bravado and without much consideration roll up their sleeves and get dirty. This is sometimes admir...

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