Savant’s sector agnostic incubation and venture capital arms help technology businesses from product development through to scale.

About Savant

Savant is a commercially-focused hardware technology incubator that provides bespoke business development support. Savant partners with highly skilled science and technology inventors for their start-up growth journey.

Savant brings unrivalled technology commercialisation know-how and experience to the South African start-up landscape. Savant offers bespoke commercialisation support to hardware technology inventors through long term, risk-based partnerships. Inventors stand to gain a streamlined journey from minimum viable product development to early market traction, both locally and internationally. Investors stand to gain early access to a pipeline of professionally de-risked technology companies to invest in.

Savant Timeline

  • 2005

    Savant was established as Savant Analytic Consulting
  • 2008

    Savant changed its name to Savant Capital
  • 2015

    Savant established Technology Incubator
  • 2015

    Savant was approached by the Seda Technology Programme to become an STP network incubator
  • 2016

    Savant established the Savant Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) programme
  • 2017

    Savant piloted the Savant EIR programme
  • 2017

    Savant became a TIA Seed Fund implementation Partner
  • 2018

    Savant established Savant Fund Manager
  • 2019

    The Savant Venture Fund was launched in 2019 with the SA SME Fund as the anchor limited partner (LP)
  • 2019

    The Savant Venture Fund made its first investment
  • 2020

    TIA entered the partnership as an LP
  • 2021

    The IDC entered the partnership as an LP
  • 2021

    Savant Venture Fund 1 closed
  • 2021

    Savant partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater
  • 2022

    Savant launched the first BUILD programme


We offer hands-on support to early stage entrepreneurs. We help you to build business, prove concepts, raise funds and take your technology to the next level.
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Pre-Seed Fund

Our pre-seed funding targets pre-revenue South African hardware technology companies that are underpinned by locally developed science and engineering innovations.
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Seed+ Fund

Our Venture Fund invests at seed+ stages. We look at promising science and engineering-backed ventures with product-market fit. Our funding facilitates market entry and early scale.
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