EDGE VENTURE FUND INVESTING IN INNOVATIVE SCALE UP BUSINESSES, BRIDGING THE GAP TO EXCEPTIONAL GROWTH

The Edge Venture Fund is a growth capital impact fund investing in innovative, scale up businesses in South Africa. We specialise in combining funding and critical acceleration services through our 10X-e programme, to help businesses bridge the gap to exceptional growth. The fund is managed by Edge Growth, a leading fund manager that has been supporting SMEs since 2008.

 

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WHAT WE DO:

 

INVEST: Edge uses multiple origination channels, developed over many years, to partner with early stage businesses where we can apply our unique combination of finance and acceleration services to achieve high returns. Very few others are investing in this space, creating a significant opportunity to back the best entrepreneurs.

ACCELERATE: Edge also delivers comprehensive scale-up support via our accelerator programme, 10X-e. With almost a decade of experience in supporting the growth of SMEs, we are able to mitigate the challenges early stage investments face in achieving scale and sustainability.

 

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PRINCIPALS:

THIS FUND’S PRINCIPALS HAVE OVER 30 YEARS’ COMBINED EXPERIENCE IN BOTH DEBT AND EQUITY INVESTMENTS:

 

Dan Hatfield

Richard Rose

Janice Johnston

 

The team will also draw on an exceptionally high caliber team of leaders and investment professionals across the business to execute the fund’s strategy

 

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OPPORTUNITY:

 

South Africa has a population over 55 million people and is a market that Edge understands deeply. We’ve invested in over 36 local SMEs to date and found many high growth business models that other investors overlook due to size and stage of business.

For example, one of our businesses that uses proprietary technology to provide on-demand home cleaning is currently growing at over 20% month-on-month. But digital inclusion is not the only focus and there are many entrepreneurs also disrupting service-based business models like healthcare and education, to improve quality and reduce costs in a scalable way.

We’ve met hundreds of exceptional entrepreneurs struggling to access both capital and growth support, and we have positioned our fund squarely to capitalise on this opportunity.

 

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IMPACT:

BY INVESTING IN FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE, HIGH GROWTH SMES IN OUR TARGET SECTORS, THE FUND AIMS TO NOT ONLY DELIVER FINANCIAL RETURN BUT ALSO CREATE MEANINGFUL SOCIAL IMPACT BY:

 

  • Creating over 5,000 new long term jobs for mainly low to middle income people;
  • funding 10-15 great businesses that struggle to raise capital simply due to their stage; and
  • improving at least 400,000 lives by investing in healthcare, education, digital inclusion, green economy and local manufacturing sectors

 

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