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Top Angel Investors in South Africa


South Africa  has become one of the fastest-growing markets over the last decade, attracting many talented entrepreneurs to start new businesses in the region. South Africa has the most mature startup ecosystem on the African continent, with a strong corporate structure, significant consumer and business markets, and an emerging local venture capital industry with ties to a growing number of international investors. 

The South African government is creating more incentives to attract skilled professionals, investors and entrepreneurs with international experiences to build businesses in the country.  Angel investors play a critical role in expanding the pipeline of investible businesses by providing early-stage ventures with essential resources including capital to bridge the funding gap and by sharing their expertise and networks to unlock business opportunities that facilitate growth.

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Top Angel Investors in South Africa


1. Justin Stanford:

Justin Stanford is the Co-founding General Partner at 4Di Capital, an early and growth-stage technology venture capital firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an entrepreneur and angel investor with more than 20 years of investment experience. In 2013, Justin Stanford was listed by Forbes for ’30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs’. He is also the Co-Founder and Board Member at ESET South Africa.

Sector: Cloud Computing, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software, Security.

Portfolio: BetTech, Ekaya, Airdog, Fitkey, Snapt.

Connect With Him: LinkedInAngelList 



2. Steve Gray Booyens:

Steve Gray Booyens is the Managing Partner at Pearl Gray Equity and Research, an investment management firm based in South Africa. Steve Gray is also working as a Published Financial Analyst at Nasdaq. He is a proprietary fund manager and Ph.D.- Finance candidate specializing in ESG Investments. Steve Gray Booyens is an active angel investor and mentor.

Sector: Digital Media, Fin-tech, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software, SaaS.

Portfolio: Muniy, Rentberry, Genius Juice, Gesture.

Connect With Him: LinkedInAngelList 



3. Rob Stokes:

Rob Stokes is the Chairman of The Knowledge Trust, an education management company. He is also the Chairman at Digital Marketing Aptitude Test (DMAT), the world’s most cost-effective way to credibly certify digital marketing Knowledge. Rob Stokes is a serial entrepreneur and investor based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Sector: Mobile, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software, Fin-tech.

Portfolio: Red & Yellow, Dali, Instant Africa, FlyH2.

Connect With Him: LinkedInAngelList 



4. Ernst Hertzog:

Ernst Hertzog is the Founder and Managing Partner at Action Hero Ventures, a private investment holding company that makes early stage investments into real businesses run by strong entrepreneurs. He is also the Business Process Engineer at the Benefit Counsellor. Ernst Hertzog earned his MBA from University of Cape Town.

Sector: Games, Healthcare, Consumer Internet, Media, Mobile.

Portfolio: Domestly, Pisca, The Good Tree, MzansiGo.

Connect With Him: LinkedInAngelList 



5. Sean Emery:

Sean Emery is the Non-Executive Director at RainFin Ltd. He is a seasoned fin-tech entrepreneur and private equity investor with a deep focus on emerging technologies, financial services disruption and innovative business models. Sean is an active Director on a number of boards and an active seed investor and has funded a number of disruptive startups.


Sector: SaaS, Consumer Internet, Mobile, E-Commerce.

Portfolio: Ariba,,

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 


6. Andrew Flinders:

Andrew Flinders is the Chief Executive Officer at Educo Solutions Ltd. Over the past 18 years he has built solutions and products from conception stage into businesses that produce millions in revenue across the retail, publishing, e-commerce, education and technology startups. Andrew is also the Founder of iCollege Future Box.

Sector: Education, E-Commerce, SaaS, Consumer Internet.

Portfolio: FlinGroup, iGroup, TechRetail, MyMag.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



7. Brandon S Mnisi:

Brandon S Mnisi is the Managing Director at Mnisi Capital, a mission driven firm focused on compensating African countries by basing its business model on adding value to the ASM industry as well as the communities they operate in. Brandon Mnisi also served as a mandate for HNW’s investing in precious metals and diamonds globally.

Sector: Big Data, SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, Consumer Internet.

Portfolio: ESGS, Hack City, Notani Securities.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn  



8. Zachariah George:

Zachariah George is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Startupbootcamp AfriTech- the leading multi-corporate backed venture accelerator program in Africa. He is a prominent angel investor in 50+ leading tech startups in Africa. He was recognized as one of the Top 4 Most Influential Persons in Technology in Africa by Les Echos (the Financial Times).

Sector: Mobile, Fin-tech, Consumer Internet, AI, Enterprise Software.

Portfolio: Curacel, Yoco, Flutterwave, Akiba Digital.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



9. Brett Commaille:

Brett Commaille is the Co-Founder and Lead Partner at AngelHub Ventures, a seed fund investing into lean startups with disruptive business model and technologies. Brett Commaille is a Merchant Banker and an active angel investor. He has served as Director for several high growth companies in their pursuit of global success. He is also a Principle at Hlayisani Capital. 

Sector: Cloud Computing, SaaS, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software.

Portfolio: GoMetro,, Sudonum.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



10. Dare Okoudjou:

Dare Okoudjou is the Founder and CEO at MFS Africa Ltd, a leading Pan-African Fin-tech company, operating the largest digital payments hub on the continent. Prior to founding MFS, he worked at MTN Group, where he developed its mobile payment strategy. Dare has an MSc in Telecom Engineering from ENST-Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.

Sector: SaaS, Consumer Internet, Fin-tech, Enterprise Software, Mobile.

Portfolio: Maviance, Numida, Inclusivity Solutions.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



11. Llew Classen:

Llew Classen is the Founder and Managing Partner at Newtown Partners, a firm that specializes in early-stage investments in disruptive startups making use of emerging technologies and disruptive business model. Llew has almost two decades of senior management experience in cryptoassets, digital marketing and digital product management. 

Sector: Fin-tech, SaaS, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software, Digital Media.

Portfolio: Wala, Ovex, Augmentors, Shypple.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



12. Mathew Palin:

Mathew Palin is the Co-Founder and Partner at Hlayisani Capital. He has a strong entrepreneurial background. Mathew Palin is also a Partner at AngelHub Ventures. He is an experienced entrepreneur, venture capitalist and private equity investor. He obtained his MBA from UCT’s Graduate School of Business where he received the Old Mutual Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Sector: SaaS, Cloud Computing, Ed-tech, Consumer Internet.

Portfolio:, Flx, GoMetro, LEAP.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



13. Stuart Gast:

Stuart Gast is the CEO at Invenfin, a venture capital and private equity firm. In a career of over 25 years, he has held senior financial, commercial and investment executive positions in several local and international companies. In support of local entrepreneurial environment, Stuart was previously Chairman of LauchLab as well as a member of the CCDI’s Design Innovation Seed Fund Investment Committee.

Sector: Healthcare, Ed-tech, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software.

Portfolio: LifeQ, Rethink CBD, Samarkand, Wyzetalk.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



14. Erik Van Vlaanderen:

Erik Van Vlaanderen is the Executive Chairman at 4Di Group. He is also a General Partner of 4Di Capital and acts as a Advisor to, and serves on the boards of a number of portfolio companies within the 4Di Capital fund’s investment portfolios. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town.

Sector: Cloud Computing, Healthcare, Education, Consumer Internet.

Portfolio: Cloudline, LifeQ, Tagmarshal.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



15. Joe Kieser:

Joe Kieser is the Founder and Deputy Chairman at Invenfin. He is deeply experienced as entrepreneur and strategist. After starting his career at the Coca-Cola Company, he co-founded Pentagraph in South Africa which grew internationally to become the global brand strategy, applied design and product development consultancy KSDP. Joe sits on the board of directors of Innovus, Stellenbosh University’s technology transfer company.

Sector: Mobility, Healthcare, SaaS, Consumer Internet, Enterprise Software.

Portfolio: Ad Dynamo,, ArcAqua, Wyzetalk.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



16. Romeo Kumalo:

Romeo Kumalo is the Director at Kalon Venture Partners, a firm that invests in and builds in and builds a portfolio of high growth technology companies with innovative business models. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of LLH Capital. Romeo was previously the CEO of Vodafone International. He has over 20 years of experience in the information communication and telecom industries.

Sector: Insurance, Media, Entertainment, Consumer Internet.

Portfolio: iXperience, Mobiz, Sendmarc, Flow.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



17. Pule Taukobong:

Pule Taukobong is a Founding Partner at CRE Venture Capital. He previously founded Africa Angels Network, the first angel investment group to focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, he held several investment roles at Investec in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York. He is graduate of the Durban University of Technology. 

Sector: Fin-tech, Ed-tech, E-Commerce, Consumer Internet.

Portfolio: FlutterWave, Bettr, Gokada, PrepClass.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



18. Clive Butkow:

Clive Butkow is the CEO at Kalson Venture Partners. He is actively involved in fund raising, sales and other business building activities. Clive is also actively involved in the entrepreneur ecosystem in South Africa as well as looking for new tech companies to invest in. He supports numerous organizations with their entrepreneurial development initiatives. 

Sector: Fin-tech, Real Estate, AI, Consumer Internet.

Portfolio: Sendmarc, Flow, Ozow, Mobiz.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



19. Ian Lessem:

Ian Lessem is the Managing Partner at HAVAIC, an investment and advisory firm that specializes in early-stage, high-growth African businesses. Ian has a special talent for raising capital and is an expert at strategically aligning business for growth, investment and exit. Ian Lessem is also the Non-Executive Director at Aura.

Sector: Clean Technology, SaaS, Mobile, Consumer Internet, Healthcare.

Portfolio: RecoMed, Tanda, Mpost, Busymed.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn 



20. Robel Chiappini:

Robel Chiappini is the Vice President at CRE Venture Capital. He is the Former Investment Consultant at SGI Frontier Capital. Robel Chiappini is an active angel investor and mentor. He has managed to help small startups grow into large-scale businesses. He earned his MBA from University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.

Sector: E-Commerce, Ed-tech, Fin-tech, Healthcare, Enterprise Software, Consumer Internet.

Portfolio: Arifu, Stitch, Flextock, Andela, Bettr.

Connect With Him: LinkedIn

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Steve Gray Booyens

    Steve here; I have no idea why I’m on your blog. As an entity, we have a few investments in cash-flow-ready businesses. However, I’m by no means an angel investor. I’ve had ample entrepreneurs asking me for funds due to this mention, and I’m getting tired of it.

  2. Rudolf oosthuizen

    How can i get in contact with a angel investor?
    I have a sound business plan ready.

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