Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

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Headquarters Location

South Africa, Midrand


Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) was established in 1983, and is a well known Corporate Investor. The fund is located in South Africa, Africa. The primary office of this Corporate Investor is located in Midrand.

The country of its foundation and the country of the most frequent investments for the fund doesn't coincide - Kenya. In addition to this location, the fund participated in 1 other location. Also, a start-up has to be aged 6-10 years to expect investment from this fund. Among their most successful investment fields, we have identified Telecommunications, Enterprise Software. Also, because of its portfolio diversification tendency, we can highlight 3 more industries for this fund. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. AZA Group, O3b Networks are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund.

Typical investments for this fund are deals in the range of more than 100 millions dollars. The fund usually participates in less than 2 investment rounds per year. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2016. The fund's activity peaked in 2015. In addition, the fund was active in 2019.

We also identified another 14 core personnel in our database.

The fund typically invests in rounds with 4-5 participants. Aside from Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), start-ups are often funded by Sompo Holdings, Sofina, Satya Capital. The fund often co-invests with Standard Chartered Bank, Sofina, Satya Capital. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Public Investment Corporation.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


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Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

100.0% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

0.4 years

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.63 out of 1

Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Previous

Sompo Holdings, Sofina, Satya Capital

Funds Investing Together

Standard Chartered Bank, Sofina, Satya Capital

Funds Investing in Following

Public Investment Corporation

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