Investec - Unicorn Nest



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Headquarters Location

South Africa, Cape Town


Investec is the renowned VC, which was created in 1974. The main office of this VC is situated in Cape Town. The fund is located in South Africa, Africa.

We also identified another 13 core personnel in our database.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 2-3 other investors. Aside from Investec, start-ups are often funded by Ulster Bank Diageo Venture Fund, NCB Ventures, Ventech China and 4 other funds. The fund often co-invests with AIB Seed Capital Fund, Enterprise Ireland, Zhong Capital Fund. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Enterprise Ireland, Silicon Valley Bank, Insight Partners, as well as 3 other investors.

The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 34 percentage points more exits in comparison to other VCs. At the time of investment by Investec, a typical start-up valuation would be 50-100 millions dollars. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2019. In 2017, the fund's activity was at its peak. Additionally, in 2019 the fund was active. Investec participates, on average, in 3 percentage points more than the average amount of lead investments in other funds. The fund generally invests in 2-6 deals every year. Typical investments for this fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

Among their most successful investment fields, we have identified Software, Internet. Also, because of its portfolio diversification tendency, we can highlight 21 more industries for this fund. Vivint Solar, Sunrun, Fenergo are among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund. The fund has no specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. If the applying start-up has 5+ founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded. The average start-up age at the time of investment by this fund is 6-10. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments doesn't coincide - United States. However, start-ups from 5 other countries can be found in the fund's portfolio.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name:; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last, first last, first '.' last, first, first last_initial

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

90.5% 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]

1.7 years

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

0.28 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]


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


Funds Investing in Following

Enterprise Ireland, Silicon Valley Bank, Insight Partners

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