About the Data

Between 2023 and 2024, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs collected detailed data about 197 initiatives, programmes, or funds offering financial support to entrepreneurs in South Africa, operated by 120 unique organisations through public sources, typically from organisations’ websites. The dataset includes all identified vehicles that offer investments in the small and growing business range, defined by ANDE as between USD $20,000 – 2 million, as well as vehicles with a much broader offering than this. Funders included in the dataset either made investments into South African enterprises according to their publicly available current investment portfolio or had a regional investment focus in Africa or Sub-Saharan Africa, indicating that their investment covers the majority of the countries in the region. In most cases, Global North-based organizations that invest globally without disclosing their investment portfolio information on their website are not included.