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Jan 22, 2019

What venture capitalists look for in tech start-ups in SA

Canny venture capitalists invest in founders that obsessively focus on making a product that users deeply care about and that solves a problem.

Clive Butkow
CEO and founder, Kalon Venture Partners

Clive Butkow is CEO and founder of Kalon Venture Partners, a venture capital company investing in digital disruptive technologies. He is the former COO of Accenture South Africa and has 28 years' management consulting experience. During his tenure at Accenture, his roles included MD of Accenture South Africa's technology business as well as MD of Accenture's resources and utilities businesses. Butkow has deep technology skills from working across multiple industries, including financial services, resources, retail, automotive and communications. He has leveraged these technology and business transformation skills and helped drive significant shareholder value for many South African clients. Since January 2013, he has supported and mentored many technology businesses, assisting them in driving growth. Butkow joined Arthur Andersen (now Accenture) in 1985 after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.