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June 3, 2020

Following HAVAÍC’s first meeting with founder Mphati Jezile, HAVAÍC immediately saw potential in both the founder, who showed his commitment by driving through the night from the Eastern Cape to this meeting in Cape Town, and his start-up, BusyMed. At the time, BusyMed...

May 8, 2020

At HAVAÍC, we invest in local early stage high growth technology enabled businesses that have the potential to scale internationally. In the context of the social and economic realities that we are all witnessing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is our belief t...

March 18, 2020

As Africa braces itself and prepares for the spread of the Coronavirus, we have pre-emptively been spending the last few weeks working with our portfolio companies to ensure that they are “ready” for the human and economic impact that is likely to ensue. Fortunately, m...

February 28, 2020

Venture Capital (VC) firms operate in a myriad of different ways across diverse geographical regions, industry sectors, niche areas and lifecycles of businesses, and they are driven by each VC’s mandate which defines the investments. These investments should be in-line...

January 28, 2020

At the end of 2019, HAVAIC concluded an investment into Nairobi based Dukapay Ltd (trading as Tanda) in advance of a syndicated seed round of investment. 

Developed by Nairobi based founders Geoffrey Mulei and Alex Wilson, Tanda aims to provide access to digital financi...

January 22, 2020

Following on from leading AURA’s (www.aura-app.io) R6 million equity investment in 2018, in Q4 2019 HAVAÍC again led a further R6 million equity investment in the exciting SafeTech business. 

AURA solves the problem that existing security services face by only providing...

January 21, 2020

Wishing you a prosperous and dynamic new year.


As we embark on the start of a new decade, building off the strong foundations HAVAÍC laid in 2019 where we increased our portfolio substantially, deploying ZAR40 million (~USD2.7million) by way of 5 new investments and 1...

December 10, 2019

Globally, Venture Capital (VC) investment is on the rise. In 2018 $254 billion was invested into approximately 18,000 start-ups, a 46% increase from 2017’s figures. The US accounted for 52% or $131 billion of these VC investments.
 
While 2019 figures are yet to b...

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...

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