About Llew Claasen

Llew is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Newtown Partners. He is a go-to-market strategist with almost two decades of senior management experience in cryptocurrencies, digital product management and digital marketing.

Technologies driving pharmaceutical e-commerce in Africa

By |2023-12-14T15:48:19+02:00December 14th, 2023|

The way in which individuals are diagnosed and obtain their prescription medications is changing worldwide. A sector once firmly rooted in physical doctors’ rooms and pharmacies is gradually evolving to embrace a digital experience with home delivery, facilitated by an expanding, venture-supported landscape of health tech startups. This trend is equally evident in the [...]

Why invest in African Tech Startups: Pioneers of Innovation and Growth

By |2023-09-28T17:48:00+02:00September 28th, 2023|

Africa, often referred to as the "next frontier market," is poised for a transformation that could reshape the global economic landscape. With its rapidly growing population, increased digital access, and immense economic growth potential, Africa presents a compelling investment case. The thriving startup ecosystem is especially interesting for corporations in developed markets like the [...]

Building Resilience in Supply Chains: The Potential of Emerging Technologies

By |2023-08-08T15:11:41+02:00August 8th, 2023|

The rolling supply chain disruptions of recent years have presented an imperative for organizations to identify and reduce their supply chain risks and costly disruptions when unforeseen events occur. Companies are looking to introduce resilience into their supply chains by increasing domestic production where feasible and increasing visibility over every supply chain link. Exciting [...]

AI in Logistics: Disrupting the Supply Chain for Efficiency and Growth

By |2023-07-31T12:58:19+02:00July 30th, 2023|

As emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) continuously evolve and find applications within the supply chain, disrupting existing markets and creating entirely new addressable markets will disrupt the logistics and supply chain industry sectors.   This article delves into the driving forces behind AI's emergence in logistics and its projected [...]

DP World’s Innovation Venture Fund, managed by Newtown Partners, invests in the most disruptive innovations in logistics and supply chain

By |2023-08-07T13:12:21+02:00July 28th, 2023|

Newtown Partner is excited to announce its partnership with DP World, one of the largest global supply chain providers, a progression of the already established partnership with Imperial Logistics (Imperial), which was wholly acquired by DP World in March 2022. As part of this partnership, DP World has committed new capital to the corporate [...]

Transforming Logistics Operations: Exploring the Disruptive Potential of Digital Supply Chain Twins

By |2023-06-23T16:44:40+02:00June 23rd, 2023|

An emerging technology that holds immense potential to disrupt the logistics and supply chain management  sectors is the digital supply chain twin. Startups worldwide are leveraging this cutting-edge concept and related technologies to disrupt traditional logistics practices and unlock new levels of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Shutterstock/metamorworks Digital supply chain twins represent [...]

Embracing Circular Economy: Unlocking Sustainability and Resilience in the Logistics Industry

By |2023-06-02T17:20:11+02:00June 1st, 2023|

In the face of escalating environmental pressures, the logistics and supply chain management industry sectors have recognized the transformative potential of the circular economy. Unlike a traditional linear model, circular economy business models aim to eliminate waste, circulate products through upcycling and remanufacturing, and regenerate nature. Companies embracing circular business models have showcased their [...]

Logistics and Supply Chain Technology Trends: Empowering Corporate Growth

By |2023-05-26T11:22:21+02:00May 24th, 2023|

Platforms and Aggregators In the ever-evolving logistics and supply chain industry landscape, startups are already challenging the established norms by offering groundbreaking solutions to age-old problems. To maintain a competitive edge and foster innovation, large corporate organizations must comprehensively understand emerging technologies and their potential to reshape traditional practices in the coming 5 to [...]

The startup roadmap explained for the beginning entrepreneur

By |2023-03-28T17:03:31+02:00March 28th, 2023|

Starting a business can be an exciting undertaking for budding entrepreneurs. Launching the next big startup requires more effort than buying a domain name or registering the company – you must plan out every step of the journey. That's why you need a startup roadmap. In this guide, we'll explain why you, as a [...]

Why we invested in global eCommerce logistics trailblazer Fulfillment Bridge

By |2022-11-10T15:28:13+02:00November 10th, 2022|

We recently invested in Fulfillment Bridge, a promising startup empowering online merchants to control their eCommerce logistic supply chain and scale their business cross-border. Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff End customers expect to receive their e-commerce products anytime and anywhere within a very short time between order and delivery, with excellent service and high convenience. Shipping [...]

Filecoin Africa Launch in Cape Town – postponed to 2023

By |2022-11-09T16:38:48+02:00November 2nd, 2022|

Newtown Partners will host the Filecoin Africa Launch event, the largest gathering of the Filecoin community in Africa to date, on 15 November 2022 at Cabo in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is free to attend and invite-only, but anyone can apply for an invite below. Filecoin is a decentralized [...]

Why we invested in insurtech startup Lami

By |2022-08-05T13:09:11+02:00August 5th, 2022|

We recently invested in Lami, an insurtech startup which embeds insurance into existing digital infrastructure to increase insurance penetration across Africa. Shutterstock/ArtemisDiana Insurance market penetration remains low in Africa at less than 3% in 2019, with GWP per capita 11 times lower than the world average. This is despite the increasing financial [...]

Why we invested in vertical trucking SaaS platform BeyondTrucks

By |2022-07-29T10:44:37+02:00July 29th, 2022|

Newtown Partners via the Imperial Venture Fund has invested in the US-based trucking SaaS platform, BeyondTrucks. This undisclosed round of venture financing marks an increase in investment depth into the US trucking landscape. Shutterstock/PopTika Traditional trucking companies face the following challenges: Lack of digitalization in trucking payments processes The cost of inefficiencies and [...]

Why we invested in Digital Health Platform Waspito

By |2022-04-02T12:37:09+02:00April 2nd, 2022|

We recently invested in  Waspito, a Cameroon-based digital health platform on a big mission to drive affordable and accessible quality healthcare across the African continent.   The $2.7m oversubscribed Series Seed round of venture financing via the Imperial Venture Fund further expands Imperial’s investment scope within Francophone West Africa to augment its market access and [...]

Why we invested in Pharmacy Benefits Platform – Chefaa

By |2022-03-14T13:36:23+02:00March 14th, 2022|

Newtown Partners via The Imperial Venture Fund has invested in Egypt-based pharmacy benefits platform Chefaa in an undisclosed round of venture financing, marking an expansion of its healthtech investment  breadth into the MENA region. Shutterstock/LeoWolfert Chefaa is an asset-light, digital e-pharmacy and pharmacy benefits platform that enables access and direct distribution to  [...]

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