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...

August 21, 2019

​In late 2016 HAVAÍC invested in a creative research business, (“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 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...

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 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...

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...

May 31, 2018

Ian Lessem, Chief Executive Officer of HAVAÍC, a Cape Town based investment and advisory firm, says the way in which S12J income tax legislation is sold to investors seeking tax relief is not too dissimilar to the cryptocurrency hype, and should be approached with caut...

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