IsimoVest aims to unlock potential and realise value for investors, entrepreneurs and society. Our investment mandate is to focus on early-stage, post revenue businesses and start-ups. Businesses with a proven market and an understanding of the market trading in.
We are active investors and get involved in growing and developing the business, in order to realise value.

Our Approach

We have a long-term outlook in empowering entrepreneurs and founders to build sustainable companies. We walk the journey to long-term success and stable growth with you.

We offer growth capital, geared at expanding the business and increasing market reach. We partner with founders taking up equity shareholding.

We do not offer debt funding or financing solutions.

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Meet The Team

Yongama Skweyiya
Managing General Partner

Yongama is an accomplished entrepreneur cutting his teeth in business, commercializing early stage deep tech, emanating from publicly financed research.

He has spent the last 12 years as founder, co founder and investor in multiple ventures, spanning industries such as SaaS, GreenTech, AgriTech, FoodTech as well as Mobile Gaming & Marketing.

Armed with a deep understanding of the venture development process, as operator, he is able to effectively understand value chains and business models geared for growth and scaling of startups.

Zolani Madikazi
General Partner

Zolani Madikazi is a relentless entrepreneur, who has burned his fingers so many times in starting up businesses. With more than ten years’ experience of being involved in entrepreneurial startups, he has paid some school fees and has gotten a well-rounded skill set working in a Venture Capital environment. The experience he gained at Knife Capital as an Investment Banker from RMB has given him the real-world financial skills, extra confidence, and eradicated potential blind spots.

Nawal Ramasar
Venture Partner

Nawal Ramasar (B.Sc.; M.B.A.) is an entrepreneur that started and exited over 21 businesses in his 30-year+ business career. He has grown businesses in property development, petrochemical, energy, transport, food retail, franchising and economic development and has worked with national and multi-national brands.

He is the founder of BusinessXL, (www.businessxl.co.za), a business coaching and mentoring consultancy focusing on developing and growing young technology entrepreneurs.

His key strengths include facilitation, ideation, business growth strategies, marketing and property development. Nawal is passionate about helping entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through coaching and linking them into the relevant value add ecosystems and contacts. He is an advocate of Business Design technology that serves to minimize risk and increase the productivity of entrepreneurs thereby saving them time, money and energy.

Ludwe Luxande
Associate Analyst

Ludwe is a technologist at heart. He is drawn towards enabling the latest tech to solve real-world problems, having co-founded Ashanti AI an AI company. He strongly believes in data-driven decisions and has gained experience as a data scientist working in different sectors from Thames Water, Outsurance, and Deloitte Consulting. He is an advocate for the appropriate use of blockchain and is excited to see solutions emerge.

Khumbulani Kunene
Junior Associate

Khumbulani Kunene is an Economics graduate with great enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial raising and investing process. Currently heading up Dealflow within IsimoVest VC Partners with an eye of spotting quality Dealflow.

Yongama Skweyiya
Managing General Partner

Yongama is an accomplished entrepreneur cutting his teeth in business, commercializing early stage deep tech, emanating from publicly financed research.
He has spent the last 12 years as founder, co founder and investor in multiple ventures, spanning industries such as SaaS, GreenTech, AgriTech, FoodTech as well as Mobile Gaming & Marketing.
Armed with a deep understanding of the venture development process, as operator, he is able to effectively understand value chains and business models geared for growth and scaling of startups.

Zolani Madikazi
General Partner

Zolani Madikazi is a relentless entrepreneur, who has burned his fingers so many times in starting up businesses. With more than ten years’ experience of being involved in entrepreneurial startups, he has paid some school fees and has gotten a well-rounded skill set working in a Venture Capital environment. The experience he gained at Knife Capital as an Investment Banker from RMB has given him the real-world financial skills, extra confidence, and eradicated potential blind spots.

Nawal Ramasar
Venture Partner

Nawal Ramasar (B.Sc.; M.B.A.) is an entrepreneur that started and exited over 21businesses in his 30-year business career. He has grown businesses in property development, petrochemical, energy, transport, food retail, franchising and economic development and has worked with national and multi-national brands.

He is the founder of BusinessXL, (www.businessxl.co.za ), a business coaching and mentoring consultancy focusing on developing and growing young technology entrepreneurs.(https://www.isimovest.co.za). BusinessXL’s clients enjoy an above average growth rate that is three to five times higher than that of the average privately held company. He heads Vuka Innovation South Africa (https://vuka.works), a digital platform that helps entrepreneurs design, validate and activate their business ideas.

His key strengths include facilitation, ideation, business growth strategies, marketing and property development. A passionate speaker, Nawal’s message of how to grow a business by strengthening its core systems, team and culture has galvanised his audiences.

He lives in and works from Cape Town.

Ludwe Luxande
Associate Analyst

Ludwe is a technologist at heart. He is drawn towards enabling the latest tech to solve real-world problems, having co-founded Ashanti AI an AI company. He strongly believes in data-driven decisions and has gained experience as a data scientist working in different sectors from Thames Water, Outsurance, and Deloitte Consulting. He is an advocate for the appropriate use of blockchain and is excited to see solutions emerge.

Khumbulani Kunene
Junior Associate

Khumbulani Kunene is an Economics graduate with great enthusiasm for the entrepreneurial raising and investing process. Currently heading up Dealflow within IsimoVest VC Partner with an eye of spotting quality Dealflow.