About Us

E4E Africa supports early stage ventures in South Africa from very early stage (pre-series A) to scale up.

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The E4E team

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Philani Sangweni
Managing Partner

Philani was a Senior Manager at Accenture and COO at Fundi. After exiting Fundi in 2017, he co-founded Matsei Technologies and AKRO.

He has worked with large private and public sector clients across Africa, building invaluable networks for E4E entrepreneurs.

He believes that business can be a force for good in transforming Africa, and is passionate about working with mission driven entrepreneurs to achieve this end.

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Bas Hochstenbach
Partner

Bas worked at McKinsey & Co in Europe before moving to Tanzania to become co-founder of Asilia Africa. At its 10 year anniversary in 2014 the company won the prestigious award for “Best Business” in the global tourism industry.

Since exiting Asilia in 2016, Bas has focused on mentoring & investing in early stage entrepreneurs, and has managed many fundraising rounds for various companies.

Bas builds on trust and transparency, and enjoys driving commercial success of purpose-driven strategies.

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Bakang Komanyane
Principal

Bakang’s global deal making experience in venture capital, private equity, infrastructure and real estate spans over 10 years.

Work experience on 4 continents and in multiple African countries drives his passion to find and invest in scalable, early stage ventures.

Bakang is driven by the challenge to identify value in unexpected places.

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Aisha Pandor
Partner

Aisha is co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, Africa’s first online platform for home services.

Aisha has a PhD in Human Genetics and an Associate in Management from the University of Cape Town. She is an ex-Accenture consultant who worked in the telecom and mining industries.

As a board member of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative and Chairperson of BioCiti, Aisha believes in playing an active part in helping to grow the African tech ecosystem.

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Neil Watson
Partner

Neil co-founded Digital Planet in 1999. He built the business into a large e-commerce services business and successfully exited in 2019.

During that time he invested and exited many businesses in a wide range of industries. Since 2019, Neil has been investing and mentoring full time.

He loves working with Entrepreneurs to find innovative solutions to hard problems.

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Frederik Gerner
Partner

As a co-founder of Ampelmann he learned what it is like to build a high-tech hardware business from scratch to significant exit.

He now brings this knowledge into action by working closely with entrepreneurs all over the world.

Frederik believes that it is important to bring your product to the market as soon as possible in order to fine tune it together with your clients. 


Deployment between may 2020 and 2023 (ex follow-on)

8 (+1+1) year horizon

Target IRR

25%

Diversity

Minimum 51% of our investments to be in 26% black-owned companies.


The stage at which we invest

We invest in and accelerate the growth of pre-series A to Series A stage companies while supporting their growth to beyond expansion and later stages to enable profitable exits to provide sustainable returns to our investors.
 

The stage at which we invest

We invest in and accelerate the growth of companies that have proven technology and business case, while supporting their growth to beyond expansion and later stages to enable profitable exits to provide sustainable returns to our investors.