Moneyweb has joined forces with leading venture capital player Knife Capital, to build on the success of the 2014 Exit Conference in Cape Town.
Keet Van Zyl, chief executive officer at Knife Capital says: “Venture Capital in South Africa is an incredibly exciting place to be right now. It is a key link in the local innovation chain, but the investment cycle relies on successful exits. The 2014 Exit Conference event brought together an exceptional network of entrepreneurship ecosystem builders in the Cape who shared stories and celebrated successes. We’ve seen some continued positive momentum this year. The 2015 conference will build on this and we look forward to delivering a high-quality event in Gauteng”
It is easier to invest in private companies than it is to unlock value from these investments. While the private equity/ venture capital investment space is gaining more and more momentum in Africa, the process of exiting these investments remains a challenge. What many investors and entrepreneurs don’t realise is that positioning a business for a successful exit already starts in the due diligence process – even before investment.
Exit-centric business-building ensures that growth is engineered so that companies become enticing prospects for stakeholders to do business with – and possibly acquire. But in order to survive due diligence and receive premium valuations, companies must be able to clearly articulate their value proposition, business model, financial profile and total addressable market/positioning.
The Knife Capital Exit Conference will focus on the process of reaching a successful exit. Topics include: positioning a company for an international exit, performing sell-side due diligence, corporate venturing/insourcing innovation, intellectual property considerations and South African exit success case studies.
The speaker profile includes M&A experts with experience in exiting local private companies as well as dynamic entrepreneurs who have built and sold their high-growth ventures.
Confirmed speakers at the event include:
Andrea Bohmert – Knife Capital partner
Franz Struwig – Garmin senior manager (iKubu Exit – January 2015)
Vinny Lingham – Dragons’ Den SA; CEO of Gyft (acquired by First Data – August 2014)
Pieter de Villiers – Clickatell CEO (Silicon Valley); SiMODiSA; The SABLE Accelerator