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Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
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I've been hearing a lot about the structural problems in South Africa with regards to the seed funding woes that startups experience.I would like to start a debate about how much angel/seed funding…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erin Walker Feb 4, 2013.

What's missing in the Silicon Cape?
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I'll be back in South Africa for a few months towards the end of this year, and I'm planning on hosting a 1 day conference, and bringing some of the knowledge I've gained whilst being based in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jonathancrossland Sep 20, 2011.

UCT Business School Case Study on the lack of Early Stage Venture Capital
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Morgan Jones at UCT recently did a thesis on the local early stage VC situation in SA.He has graciously offered to share his findings on SiliconCape.comContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martin Brandt Mar 30, 2010.

Venture Capital in South Africa
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I read this blog post today on South African Venture Capital.According to the…Continue

Tags: Capital, Venture

Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Stanford Dec 9, 2009.

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About Me

CEO & Co-founder:  Gyft

Co-founder: Silicon Cape Initiative

Previously CEO & founder of YolaClicks2Customers & incuBeta

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Who are you?
Entrepreneur, Investor & All-Round Internet Guy
In what place did you last go to school or other institute of learning?
University of Cape Town

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Vinny Lingham is now friends with Pieter Venter, dn1980, Hennie de Villiers and 7
Aug 20, 2013
Erin Walker replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"I honestly believe there is not enough in SA. Maybe 20 good/average startups a year in imo. Think wider than SA - Africa?"
Feb 4, 2013
Charles Marais replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Spot on. And if we don't do it, government will try, and mess up the space completely."
Jan 31, 2013
Charles Marais replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Vinny I think the reason for the "big piece, small pie" culture is just a lack of real local examples to refer to - in other words, lack of immediate experience. I'm fairly certain that you will find many entrepreneurs in SA who do…"
Jan 31, 2013
dn1980 left a comment for Vinny Lingham
"hi Vinny, if you ever read this, then i am priviledged and fortunate. I am currently finishing up my mba at wits, with my thesis focusing on the state of the venture capital ecosystem for tech start-ups in south africa. Your input will be well…"
Jul 5, 2012
Maurice Jenkins replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Sorry, I was not clear,"
Jun 25, 2012
Kevin Tucker replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Maurice, your points are very valid and I agree with all of them. Although, being a techie, I could never really get my head around the concept of VAT from a business perspective, so I just relied on experts :-) Also, I agree there are a lot of SA…"
Jun 25, 2012
Maurice Jenkins replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Very interesting discussion. I have been looking for good opportunities to invest in CT as I now live here, but have not seen much that has really interested me, very SA focused and not enough opps with an international play. Would be interested in…"
Jun 25, 2012
Karl Hammerschmidt replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Great article."
Jun 21, 2012
Lee Rael replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Hi Vinny Thanks for getting this debate going. Its a very valid one. From the perspective of someone who has an idea and wants to take it somewhere, going onto a site like Angel.co it feels like we are sitting in the corner of a small dark room that…"
Jun 20, 2012
Jess Green replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Good discussion going on here. After a lot of reading, here's the crux in my opinion: 1. Salary: R100K+? Ridiculous. If you are going to start your own business, and you have high costs, you need to prepare. If you don't, better for you.…"
Jun 7, 2012
Alistair Petersen replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"The link is for the people who want to understand more about the graphs ;-P"
Jun 7, 2012
Gareth Ochse replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"+1"
Jun 7, 2012
Keet van Zyl replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Hey Vinny, Al and other contributors to this stream... Great debate and would love to add my 2c worth in a proper response on VC (more like Growth Equity) in SA and Angel Investing. But time = enemy. I do agree with Gareth that the big Red Flag and…"
Jun 7, 2012
Vinny Lingham replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"I've read it :-)"
Jun 7, 2012
Alistair Petersen replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"You probably want to head to the Kaufmann Foundation study rather than just look at the graphs. http://www.kauffman.org/uploadedFiles/angel_groups_111207.pdf"
Jun 7, 2012

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The beginning of a dream...

I was reading an article in Fin24 today, and it highlighted to me how important it is to understand what Silicon Cape is, and equally what it is not. Credit belongs to the tireless efforts of countless entrepreneurs & investors with success stories & failures alike, over the many years in the Western Cape. These are… Continue

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 8:04 — 14 Comments

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At 11:05 on July 5, 2012, dn1980 said…

hi Vinny,

if you ever read this, then i am priviledged and fortunate. I am currently finishing up my mba at wits, with my thesis focusing on the state of the venture capital ecosystem for tech start-ups in south africa. Your input will be well received.

I will be located in Austin, Texas from September to January 2013. I really hope we can touch base.

 

I am an investment banker with an undergraduate background in computing. I also have a few entrepreneurial ventures i would like to test with you.

Many thanks,

Dilin

 

 

 

 

At 14:40 on November 2, 2009, Thami Mvemve said…
Hi Vinny. I'm trying to find more about this company called Global Verge based in Missouri, US. Do you know anything about it?
At 9:02 on September 28, 2009, Francis Omokhape oghuma said…
interesting work you doing on the Africa technology landscape .Hoping to connect with you physically someday .
At 12:22 on September 13, 2009, Llew Claasen said…
Kewl VK, when u arriving in SA?
 
 
 

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