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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...

October 16, 2018

HAVAÍC has signed an investment agreement with Instant Property Rentals Holdings (Pty) Ltd, trading as Instant Property (www.instantproperty.co.za). HAVAÍC has advanced the first round of financing, for which it has acquired a 10% equity stake, with an allocation for f...

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...

May 29, 2018

HAVAÍC has lead the first external equity investment in AURA (www.aura-app.io), and has advanced the first tranche. The remaining investment amount will be raised from other equity funds and private investors in the next few months.

AURA’s founders all come from success...

April 10, 2018

Vula (www.vulamobile.com) is a professional medical network, compliant with the Protection of Personal Information Act, which connects health workers in remote and under-served areas to medical and surgical specialists in urban centres. It plays an important role in ov...

November 28, 2017

HAVAÍC is pleased to announce that it has led a fully subscribed equity raise of R4.5m in healthtech business RMed Online (Pty) Ltd (“RecoMed”). The investment was secured by HAVAÍC, the ASISA Enterprise Development Fund, and Growth Grid Venture Capital Partners (“Grow...

October 30, 2017

HAVAÍC is pleased to announce that it has led a fully subscribed equity raise of R5m in Digital Cabinet (Pty) Ltd (“Digital Cabinet”). The investment was secured from a consortium of individuals led by HAVAÍC (and including its own team), and Growth Grid Venture Capita...

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