Knife Capital is a Southern African growth equity fund manager and advisor focusing on innovation-driven ventures with proven traction.

It is the incarnation of the SA venture capital division of 'Here Be Dragons' – a privately owned emerging market investment group founded by internet entrepreneur and cosmonaut Mark Shuttleworth. Knife Capital manages HBD Venture Capital's South African portfolio of investments and builds high-growth technology enabled SMEs through its Grindstone Accelerator. Its exit-centric approach enables businesses to cope with accelerated growth and take full advantage of M&A opportunities.

The company also develops own IP products relating to analytics tools for company gap analysis, due diligence and valuation methodologies. Knife Capital is committed to filling critical gaps in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem through education and enterprise development initiatives.

Afdawn acquired Knife Capital in March 2014 to capacitate the group to execute its vision of investing in innovative entrepreneurial companies.

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