About Us


Savvy Capital Partners is an owner managed investment management business focused on alternative and frontier market equity investments.  Founded in 2016, the firm’s founding partners (Thabo Ncalo and Stephane Bwakira) collectively have over 30 years experience in investment management and financial services across Africa. —The founding partners bring vast experience having managed Pan-Africa funds and developed strong networks across the continent.


Savvy Advisory Services:

We offer investment advisory services for corporates, governments and private financial and all other institutions who are looking to make investments in Africa. We assist with bespoke macroeconomic, equity, debt and private investment research – including sector and company research.



Our Investment Fund:

  • Savvy Venture Fund I – The fund is a registered Section 12J VCC (FSP 48248; VCC-0061) in South Africa. It focuses on early stage investments (mainly in South Africa). It is set up as a private company in the Republic of South Africa and offers tax resident investors a tax deduction for making the investment in the company. The fund focuses on early stage & emerging, high growth SMEs with a maximum book value of ZAR50 mil.


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Savvy Venture Partners is a venture capital and business advisory firm based in Johannesburg, SA and Maputo,  Mozambique. The company is a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor and 100% black-owned firm.

Savvy Venture Partners and Savvy Capital Partners (investment manager) advise the Savvy Venture Capital Fund I (FSP 48248) which focuses on early stage investments of up to US$1 mil / R15 mil in South Africa, Rest of SADC and selected countries in East Africa.

The fund invests in early stage, post-Revenue technology & innovation focused businesses operating in scalable, cash generative markets in South Africa & across the rest of the continent / world.

Corporate ESD Solutions:

We also work with corporates to tailor-make investment management services that suit their Enterprise & Supplier Development (ESD) Programmes – covering Debt & Equity investments and Grant Funding to support beneficiaries directly and/or through our Savvy Business Village Programme.


Savvy Business Village is a programme that advises enterprises on business strategy, finance / fundraising and technology through our Venture Mentorship and Accelerator programmes. The programmes offer business support for promising start-ups and early stage companies, including possible follow-on investment by our (and other) venture funds.