Become the next Newtown Partners’ success story

We are looking for emerging, disruptive technology startups that have the potential to become globally competitive technology companies. The startups we invest in drive fundamentally positive economic value and we draw on funds from the Imperial Venture Fund and Newtown Angel Syndicate to do so:

Imperial Venture Fund

Major international logistics industry player, Imperial, has partnered with Newtown Partners to launch a corporate venture capital (CVC) fund focused on investing in disruptive startups in the supply chain and logistics industry, with an initial investment of $20 million. The fund will identify, invest in, and nurture disruptive, innovative technology startups that present high-growth potential in the global supply chain and logistics technology stack.

As the fund manager, Newtown Partners has adopted a hands-on approach that will see it working closely with portfolio startup companies that the fund invests in. Additionally, the innovation fund is operationally separate from Imperial, ensuring portfolio startups are not hamstrung by corporate red tape, while still being able to unlock the synergistic benefits of having Imperial as an investor and market access provider.

The Imperial Venture Fund is committed to investing in entrepreneurs that will disrupt the status quo in the next 5 to 10 years:

  • Supply chain and logistics

  • High-growth potential in the global supply chain and logistics technology stack

  • Emerging technologies and business models

  • Series Seed and Series A

The Newtown Angel Syndicate

The Newtown Angel Syndicate invests in high technology startup businesses globally. To receive investment from this investor syndicate your company must be:

  • Highly disruptive and globally relevant
  • Be a technology product or technology-enabled service
  • Specialise in areas that exhibit globally competitive advantages including:

    • Selected Fintech
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)
    • Agritech
    • Machine learning
    • Connected home
    • Smart robots
    • Drones
    • Affective computing
    • Gesture control devices
    • Other disruptive emerging technologies

The RLabs Seed Fund I

The RLabs Seed Fund I invests in South African entrepreneurs from underprivileged communities in South Africa, where a key part of the go-to-market of the business revolves around using technology to create competitive advantage.

The RLabs Seed Fund I is committed to investing in South African entrepreneurs in the following industries and technologies:

  • Blockchain
  • The Internet Of Things (IOT)
  • Augmented reality (AR)
  • Virtual reality (VR)
  • Logistics
  • Agritech
  • Edutech, and
  • other disruptive emerging technologies.

Telkom Future fund

To receive investment from this fund which is run in partnership with IDF Capital, your company must be:

  • 51% black South African-owned
  • Based in South Africa
  • Offer a technology-related service or product
  • Take advantage of the Telkom supply chain
  • Be seeking R250 000 to R20 million in loan or equity funding