Newtown Partners was founded by Llew Claasen and Vinny Lingham on the set of Dragons’ Den South Africa season 1, which is also where the firm made its first investments.

Why do we exist?

  • We abhor the status quo.
  • We embrace failure.
  • We’re not bankers.
  • We create hypergrowth startups.
  • Our startups drive economic activity in a fundamentally positive way.
Llew Claasen
Llew Claasen – Managing Partner

Executive Director of Bitcoin Foundation after 12 years experience in Online & mobile product marketing and product management.

Co-founder Clicks2customers, SynthaSite, TrafficSynergy. Previously Vice President Marketing at Sequoia Capital portfolio company Clickatell.

Member of international advisory boards The Forum to Advance the Mobile Experience, The Customer Experience Board, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council Advisory Board for Africa.

Msc Management of Technology & Innovation

Vinny Lingham
Vinny Lingham – General Partner

Co-founder Clicks2Customers, TrafficSynergy, Synthasite/Yola & Gyft.

Raised over R500m in venture funding in SA & US.  Recently sold Gyft to First Data Corporation – the world leader in payments for reported $50m-$100m.

Co-founder Silicon Cape Initiative, member of Endeavour & Forum of Young Global Leaders (World Economic Forum).

Dragon on Dragon’s Den South African Season 1 (2014).