This article showcases our top picks for the best South Africa based Crowdfunding companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Crowdfunding industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top South Africa Crowdfunding Companies
wanna loan? was created for a sole purpose. They noticed that there was a growing number of South Africans who struggled to access short-term-credit.
Therefore, Their mission is to create a solution that will lift the burden of denial-of-credit for the little things by providing small loans over short periods. In the face of the deficient climate, wanna loan? quickly became South Africa’s premier payday lending company..
The Sun Exchange
Sun Exchange is the world’s first peer-to-peer solar leasing marketplace. We leverage financial innovation and the power of the crowd to drive sustainable energy development and make the environmental, social and economic benefits of solar accessible and affordable for all.
Through the Sun Exchange online platform, anyone, anywhere in the world, can buy remotely-located solar cells and then lease them to power businesses and organisations in sunny emerging markets. Solar cell owners earn income from the electricity that’s generated, while schools, businesses, clinics and other organisations gain access to affordable clean energy, reducing electricity costs and carbon emissions..
Trevolta was launched in January 2014 as a crowdfunding platform for travelers, and now is now poised to harness this platform and extend their offering to appeal to a bigger market and implement additional revenue streams. To date over $200,000 USD was raised by Trevolta trips, with participation of such companies as Samsung, Hertz, Hampton Inn, Energizer and others, who supported several trips with cash or equipment.
Trevolta has over 450,000 registered users worldwide, 41,000 followers on Facebook and 8,000 followers on Twitter. Recently, Trevolta partnered with South African Airways to launch a campaign that attracted over 70,000 users and generated video content which enabled SAA to utilize this unique content in their TV advertisements.
Trevolta 2.0, which will be launched in November 2014, will allow users to create a trip and share their experiences, activating the crowdfunding module if and when needed. Trevolta 2.0 will introduce a Market, where travelers can make requests which can include things such as accommodation, transportation, rock-climbing equipment in their destination country, bikes to rent to explore their surroundings, etc.
In addition, Trevolta 2.0 will support other travelers and companies, enabling them to make offers to accommodate those requests, as well as list their other offers on the Market. The aim of Trevolta 2.0 is to keep building the passionate community of travelers and build a database of travel experiences, as it’s a recognized need of the current userbase..
Uprise.Africa is the Equity Crowdfunding platform for South Africa. The platform links both the online and real-world ecosystem to create a new innovative space for capital raise and small business investment.
In order to present a unique offering to Business Owners and Investors alike, Uprise.Africa sources exceptional businesses and assists Entrepreneurs in crafting their pitches. The platform allows Investors to invest capital into SA businesses in exchange for equity shares.
Through extensive vetting, legal and compliance, Uprise.Africa will create a space that is credible, transparent and trustworthy. The platform enables trust to be built between Investors and Entrepreneurs and in doing so creates a supportive business ecosystem.
Uprise.Africa is disrupting the traditional funding landscape by providing an alternative method for small businesses to raise capital. Entrepreneurs have access to a new way of accessing funds, they will also be able to grow their network and gain market validation..
Nedbank CIB Private Equity
Nedbank CIB Private Equity invests equity capital in acquisitions, buyouts and the expansion of mid-market unlisted companies. We operate in a way similar to an independent private-equity fund manager, but invest capital directly off Nedbank Group’s balance sheet, which gives us the advantage of not being constrained by the usual investment and disposal time horizon pressures.
CIB Private Equity adopts a strong partnership philosophy to investing, combined with uncompromising moral and ethical standards and a concerted focus on environmental, social and governance issues. We acquire significant minority shareholdings in attractive growth companies and partner with the management team to support strategic growth initiatives.
We are able to leverage and access extensive resources and support from across the Nedbank Group to add value to our investee companies.. .
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