UW Ventures

We aim to build sustainable value by investing for the long-term

UW is a multi-stage investor that provides growth and replacement capital across the equity-cycle. Its activities span from high-growth venture to mid-market private equity.

UW derives its philosophy from its name – “Umkhathi Wethu” is isiZulu for “Our Universe”. We believe in investing in and managing companies for the long term alongside management, co-investors and our institutional investment partners.

UW engages in two main activities:

Venture Capital
+ We make early-stage and transformational investments in a wide variety of emerging companies with dynamic founding teams.
+ We partner with management teams as they innovate, grow and transform business models.

Private Equity
+ We invest selectively in a variety of private equity opportunities alongside management and trusted co-investors.
+ As a provider of patient capital that understands risk, we strive to build sustainable value over the long term.

UW has its roots in South Africa, but has since expanded to have interests across four continents.


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Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Africa, Antarctica Region, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Europe, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kiribati, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Nicaragua, Northern America, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela
Sectors Sector agnostic