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ABSA Bank (Small Business)
Address: 7th Floor Barclays Towers West,c15 Troye Street Johannesburg
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Short Business Description: Our Enterprise Development (ED) business unit aims to create and promote entrepreneurship to ultimately contribute towards job creation and the sustainability of small and medium-sized businesses. The Enterprise Development unit has a greater vision, which also involves taking a view on future clients. This provides an understanding of what needs to be done to attract, grow and retain these clients and also to assist them to overcome any possible challenges they may be confronted with.

Focus Areas: Development Credit Fund, Women Empowerment Fund and SMME Fund
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Business Phone Number: 011 350 4000
Address: Unit A3 The Beachhead 10 Niblick Way Somerset West, Western Cape South Africa
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Short Business Description: Acorn is a specialist private equity fund manager and investment advisor focused exclusively on Sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 2009, Acorn is a dedicated partner to all our investee companies, fostering sustainable businesses and generating long-term value for all stakeholders. The Acorn investment team is committed to exceptional performance, uncompromising integrity, honesty and ethical business practices. These principles allow us to encourage value creation and support growth as opposed to maximising returns to the detriment of our underlying portfolio companies. Acorn specialises in a vital but often-overlooked sector of the market, being small and medium enterprises. SMEs are a critical growth driver in Sub-Saharan Africa and capital invested in these enterprises truly has the power to transform those businesses and uplift communities. Well-managed investments in this sector can also earn an astute investor exceptional returns. Acorn invests through Limited Liability Partnerships as well as an investment holding company, Acorn Agri.

Core Focus: Finance
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Business Phone Number: 021 852 2887
Address: Barinor’s Vineyard South, The Vineyards Office Estate, Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa
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Short Business Description: Agri-Vie is a private equity investment fund focused on food and agribusiness in Sub-Sahara Africa, a foundational sector of the continent’s economies. Agri- Vie harnesses private equity investment disciplines to generate above-average investment returns, while also addressing development impact challenges. Initiated by the Agri-Vie investment team and Sanlam Private Equity with the cooperation of South African and international investors as well as the Makotulo Consortium, Agri-Vie has consistently grown its role as a trusted investment partner in food & agribusiness. Since inception in 2008, we’ve invested USD 100m in the food and agribusiness sector. Recognising value, or the potential for value, is our business. This ability, combined with the right mix of capital, time and business building expertise, enables us to unlock value for investors, while positively impacting on communities and their environment.

Core Focus: Finance.
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Business Phone Number: 021 913 5662
Anglo-Khula Mining Fund
Address: 7 Mellis Rd, RIVONIA,
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Short Business Description: The fund started in 2003 and invests in viable SME companies that are involved in small scale mining and related activities within the Republic of South Africa. The fund provides equity and/or debt instruments, with equity stakes taken no exceeding 49% of the issued share capital of investees. The individual investments range between R1m and R30m (per project). SME financing is capped at the prevailing prime lending rate. Focus Areas: Equity and debt
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Business Phone Number: 086 094 6353
Barclays Accelerator
Address: Barclays Accelerator 66 Albert Road Woodstock Exchange Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
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Short Business Description: Recognised as one of the world’s economic powerhouses, Cape Town will cater to companies addressing opportunities in Africa and emerging markets. Our 13-week programme will tap into this strong financial centre and offer mentorship, support and a wealth of money-can’t-buy knowledge and experience. Start-ups will also gain access to our mentors, industry experts, and Barclays executives globally. We’re looking for a diverse group of businesses, both from within the African continent and from around the globe, to join us and help shape the future of financial services. Core Focus: Finance, Mentorship and Support
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Business Partners
Address: 60 Sir Lowry Rd, CBD, Cape Town, Western Cape
Short Business Description: We are a specialist risk finance company that provides customised financial solutions, sectoral knowledge, mentorship, business premises and other added-value services for formal small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa and selected African countries. We’re passionate about funding, supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs, or as we like to call them, the square pegs in round holes. Core Focus: Finance and Entrepreneurship Support
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Caban Capital
Address: Block I Georgian Place Southway Road, Kelvin Johannesburg, Gauteng
Short Business Description: Caban is a company born of authentic passion to enable entrepreneurs to succeed in business. Caban invests in high-growth opportunities to maximise returns for shareholders and simultaneously provides a comprehensive service offering enabling entrepreneurs to succeed. Once the basics of business building are taken care of (such as finance, strategies and business plans), we ensure the visibility of our clients through all applicable channels. There is no one size fits all approach at Caban. Every business is unique and requires the right platform for the right audience. Caban is a collaboration of like-minded entrepreneurs, each with substantial experience, expertise and know-how to focus on areas where the businesses need attention. We thrive on building people and embrace the concept of social capitalism. Development, Creative Business Support and Venture Capital
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Business Phone Number: 021 683 2425
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Short Business Description: Our mission is to democratize the investment process through crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing has changed many aspects of our life—where we eat, where we stay, and how we get there. It’s about time it changes how we invest our money. It is our belief that investors should have some say what stocks are included in funds they invest in. Now it is possible. Core Focus: Funding
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Department of Trade and Industry
Address: Private Bag X84, Pretoria, Gauteng, 0001
Short Business Description: The Department of Trade and Industry (also known as the dti) is the department of the South African government with responsibility for commercial policy and industrial policy. the dti and its subsidiary agencies are involved in promoting economic development, Black Economic Empowerment, implementing commercial law (including companies law and intellectual property law), promoting and regulating international trade, and consumer protection. Core Focus: Development, Black Economic Empowerment, Regulations.
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Business Phone Number: 0861 843 384
Address: 1st Floor, Block B, Investment Place Office Park, 10th Road, off 2nd Avenue, Hyde Park
Short Business Description: Edge Growth is an Enterprise and Supplier Development (“ESD”) specialist firm, providing an end-to-end holistic ESD solution. We are passionate about leaving a legacy and believe that in South Africa, job creation is the most powerful way to transform the social injustices caused by the lack of skills, education and jobs. Connecting lands, people, cultures, communities, nations, the world, today bridges are recognised universally as symbols for closing limiting gaps, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, repairing broken down communications and relationships – bridges provide the critical links to reaching points that previously appeared inaccessible. Core Focus: Funding and Development
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Business Phone Number: 010 001 3715