About Us

Our Mission is to create sustainable economic transformation by partnering with SMME’s and providing them with Access to Funding, Markets and Skills while providing corporate investors with a competent, professional and value adding BEE solution.

Experienced Impact Investors

As seasoned impact investors, we view the three core pillars underpinning the growth & success of a business to be: Access to Funding, Markets and Skills.

Through our 3 specialist funds and our in-house web-based preferential procurement platform ‘iHive’, we are able to provide qualifying black businesses with access to these pillars, thereby assisting them in unlocking growth and value in their businesses and in making a positive impact in neighbouring communities.

Transformative Impact

Inyosi ensures that we selectively invest in businesses where our investment can generate positive economic transformation and maximum impact.

  • We have assisted over 300 black-owned businesses.
  • Indirectly we have assisted over 20,000 black beneficiaries.
  • 99% of our investees are 100% black-owned and primarily black staffed.
  • Since the launch of the President’s YES programme, we have placed over 200 YES employees within select black owned investee companies.

Our Investments

  • A sector agnostic approach allows us to assist businesses across South Africa and build a diversified investment portfolio for our investors.
  • Our investments are aligned with the Environmental, Social & Governance factors and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations
  • Each investment is assessed through a comprehensive due diligence process and affordability assessment.
  • All investments require the approval from an independent investment committee.
  • Over 500 investors entrust Inyosi with managing their ESD investment.
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Of the entrepreneurs supported are black

Cumulative jobs supported across key sectors of the South African economy​

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Direct beneficiaries since inception

Bursaries provided to underprivileged students

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Households served through our investment in Waste Management

Direct & indirect jobs have been created due to the operations of the investee

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Youth placed in employment through facilitating our investors Youth Employment Service (YES) initiatives

2012

Inyosi Empowerment was created in partnership with Stellar Capital Partners Ltd and Mineworkers Investment Company (Pty) Ltd.

2013

Enterprise Development ICT Fund launched to provide an Enterprise Development investment vehicle specific to serving the ICT sector.

2014

Partnership formed with SEFA in the Western Cape to provide financial support to SMME’s participating in the ESD programmes hosted by various corporates.

  • 247 Investors.
  • R103.5m
  • Large investment into ICT sector creating 44 new jobs.
  • 3,485 jobs supported since inception.

2015

  • 216 Investors.
  • AUM: R108.6m
  • 11,360 jobs supported since inception.
  • 267 affordable housing units built since inception.
  • 9,937 households served through our investment in Waste Management.

2016

In response to the Amended Codes of Good Practice requiring a supplier development solution, we developed and launched the Inyosi Supplier Development Investment as a complementary investment-based supplier development solution to the South African market.

  • AUM: R117.3m.
  • 22,142 jobs supported since inception.
  • 407 affordable housing units built since inception.
  • 32,056 households served through our investment in Waste Management.
  • 8,536 students trained in ICT training.
  • Significant investment into Auto Repairer industry, funding working capital requirements of multiple auto-repairers.
  • Two Inyosi Empowerment beneficiaries awarded Schwab Foundation’s Global award for Social Entrepreneurs by World Economic Forum.

2017

  • R245m advanced since inception.
  • AUM: R144.7m
  • 424 affordable housing units built since inception.
  • 32,454 households served through our investment in Waste Management.

2018

  • AUM: R158m
  • 68,290 jobs supported since inception.
  • 13,421 students trained in ICT training.
  • Inyosi Empowerment support Black Industrialist program by investing in a plastic recycling and manufacturing company alongside the DTI.
  • Further investment into the auto repaid industry through the funding of 11 additional auto-repairers.

2019

  • AUM: R348m
  • Developed & launched iHive, our inhouse web-based preferential procurement platform.
  • Facilitated the placement of 100 YES employees.

2020

  • AUM: c.R400m
  • Facilitated placement of 102 YES employees.
  • Ensured absorption of 44% of 2019 YES employees (against 2.5% requirement).
  • Strong performing, diversified portfolio of nearly 100 beneficiaries.

2021

  • Team of 17 people.
  • AUM continues to grow. Close to c.R400m despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • YES partner for 3 YES programmes totalling 258 YES participants.
  • Facilitated over 300 bursaries totalling over R750, 000.00 this year alone.
  • Significant increase in lending with more than 110 individual loans.
  • Strong fund deployment averaging close to 95%.

Inyosi is the Nguni word for honey bee. A beehive is the embodiment of individuals working together for the common good. This has been our guiding principle since our inception in 2012.

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