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Newtown Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm that actively invests in emerging, disruptive technology startup businesses. Founded and run by internationally successful entrepreneurs, Vinny Lingham and Llew Claasen, Newtown Partners has an entrepreneurial focus that goes beyond investment. The team operates out of offices in Cape Town, South Africa and San Diego, California.

The firm has a strong track record of investing in successful technology startups at the forefront of innovation and has successfully invested in and nurtured a number of early-stage companies from ideation to market-leading businesses.

Newtown Partners has a strong executive team with a proven track record in technology entrepreneurship. The team has successfully launched, grown and sold technology startup businesses as entrepreneurs themselves and know what is required to succeed locally and internationally.

Why we exist

Managed Corporate Innovation services that deliver business results

We help organizations like Imperial drive disruptive innovation in their industry with a customized corporate venture capital fund program.

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Meet our directors

Llew Claasen
Llew ClaasenManaging partner
Llew is a go-to-market strategist with almost two decades of senior management experience in cryptoassets (since 2012), digital product management and digital marketing.
Vinny Lingham
Vinny LinghamGeneral Partner
Vinny is a serial technology entrepreneur who is also the co-founder and CEO of Civic Technologies and previously founded Gyft, which was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2014.

Featured companies in our portfolio

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Latest Insights

Imperial establishes innovation fund with Newtown Partners

March 9th, 2020|

PRESS RELEASE, Johannesburg - March 09, 2020 - Major international logistics industry player, Imperial, has partnered with venture capital firm Newtown Partners to launch a corporate venture capital (CVC) fund focused on investing in disruptive [...]

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