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Our investment philosophy

SMEs are often referred to as being in “the missing middle”. Why? Because they can’t access the necessary capital and growth support that they need, as potential funders view them as too early stage.

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We invest in “scale-ups”

These are established businesses that show untapped potential for growth and job creation, but need the funding and support to get there.

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We fund businesses in many sectors

However, we don’t fund primary agricultural, mining, property or businesses in the “sin” industries (like alcohol or gambling).

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We invest in people

As impact investors, our focus is always on finding inspiring people who have boundless potential, and who share our core values. We’re also looking for people who are willing to develop themselves and respond well to coaching and mentorship.

Our Funds

Vumela 1.0

Vumela 2.0

Vumela 3.0

Vumela 4.0

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Vumela’s 3rd fund is seeking majority black-owned businesses with turnover of less than R50m that operate in the FirstRand supply chain

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