UW Ventures

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


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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Africa, Americas, Antarctica Region, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand
Agribusiness, Business services, Clean technology and energy, Utilities, Construction and manufacturing, Creative, media and entertainment, Education, Financial services, Healthcare, ICT, Leisure and travel, Retail and wholesale, Consumer durables, Consumer non-durables, Transport and logistics, Water, sanitation and hygiene, Automotive, Clothing and textiles production, Computer hardware, Electronics, Food production, Furniture

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.