Knife Capital

Investor type Micro VC
Founders Eben van Heerden Keet van Zyl


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Total investments 22
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 20
Rounds per year 1.83
Lead investments 8
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 3
Key employees 6
Stages of investment
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence

Knife Capital is the famous VC, which was founded in 2010. The venture was found in Africa in South Africa. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the Cape Town.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 1-2 partakers. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are African Infrastructure Investment Managers.

This organization was formed by Eben van Heerden, Keet van Zyl. We also calculated 6 valuable employees in our database.

Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as EdTech, Software. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - South Africa. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Clicks2Customers, Fundamo (Proprietary).

When the investment is from Knife Capital the average startup value is 100 thousands - 1 million dollars. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year. Deals in the range of 1 - 5 millions dollars are the general things for fund. Opposing the other organizations, this Knife Capital works on 4 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments. The top amount of exits for fund were in 2011. The high activity for fund was in 2018. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The real fund results show that this VC is 63 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


25 Jan 2022 Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Artificial Intelligence
Open Source
Risk Management
$2M17 Nov 2021 -

d6 group

Digital Media
12 Oct 2021 Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Stone Three Venture Technology

Big Data
Information Technology
Virtual Reality
05 Oct 2021 NA - South Africa, Gauteng, South Africa


Home Services
Real Estate
19 Jul 2021 Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa


Information Services
Information Technology
01 Dec 2020 Santa Monica, California, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Information Technology
Internet of Things
Machine Learning
$6M25 Aug 2020 South Africa, Gauteng, South Africa

$2M25 Sep 2019 South Africa, Gauteng, South Africa

Information Technology
08 Jul 2019 South Africa, Gauteng, South Africa


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