IDF Capital was established on 01 March 2008, to exploit the opportunity of profitably investing in the entrepreneurial SME landscape by providing appropriate financial and non-financial products and support to unlock value of the SME sector.

IDF Capital aspires to be more than just another African business. It is our goal to become catalysts of economic growth across Africa by supporting people on their entrepreneurial journey. Our bespoke service offering gives entrepreneurs the boost they need to grow operationally, and become financially independent through leveraging our experience and knowledge of the African market. We are driven to provide continued sustainability of African businesses through capital and intelligent support. We believe in the power of small businesses to facilitate trade and create jobs.

Our mission is to facilitate access to finance for high growth businesses through:

  • Providing responsive and innovative financial solutions that unlock the economic potential of the African continent.
  • Achieving high social and economic returns for investors by investing in entrepreneurial businesses that will yield high social and economic returns with sufficiently mitigated risk.
  • Harnessing the intrapreneurship culture of our employees with the aim of creating shared sustainable wealth.

IDF Capital

  • Level 1 B-BBEE Black Female-Owned South African Company
  • Member of ABSIP and SAVCA
  • Invested in Excess of 150 Entrepreneurs and Growing
  • Have over R625 million in Funds under Management and Growing

Tapping into Africa’s Future

Improved business trading policies, increasing urbanisation, a larger and more educated workforce, and rising consumer spending, make Africa one of the most vibrant, new frontier market economies in the world. IDF Capital is tapping into this market through its tailored financial services offering for African entrepreneurs. In 2015, IDF Capital jointly established a Sub-Saharan Africa SME PE Fund called Alitheia IDF in collaboration with Alitheia Capital of Lagos, Nigeria.

AIF invests in high performing diverse teams to achieve superior returns by leveraging the gender effect. Studies (by Harvard and Mckinsey) have shown that gender diverse teams are more inclusive, intuitive and conscious than their peers. This means that these businesses are more in tune with their markets, their employees and their stakeholders. They have the ability to bring in new ideas to solve problems, and develop the relationships to ensure success for the business, empower more people to be successful within the organization and with their customers. With this insight, the AIF team is leveraging its combined experience of over 60 years and its extensive network to access a proprietary pipeline of gender-diverse businesses that leverage key leadership characteristics to achieve superior returns in sub-Saharan Africa. Building on the strong momentum from current funds in South Africa and Nigeria, AIF’s $100M Fund will continue to invest in and support high growth small and medium enterprises (SMEs) led by gender diverse teams and poised to scale.

AIF has a strong pipeline of potential investees that offer:

  • capital appreciation through predictable growth and scaling;
  • can become attractive trade sale targets (primary exit route) or secondary buy-out candidates; and
  • have demonstrated strong cash generation, EBIT growth, corporate governance and operating standards.