Disrupt Africa partners SA SME Fund, Nedbank CIB to launch research publication on South African startup ecosystem

Since launching its research arm in 2016, Disrupt Africa has built up a significant portfolio of publications, most notably the African Tech Startups Funding Report and Finnovating for Africa, previously available for sale but now made available free for all via open-sourcing initiatives with various partners across the continent’s tech ecosystem.


Now, Disrupt Africa is preparing to release the South African Startup Ecosystem Report 2022, its second country-focused publication after the Egyptian Startup Ecosystem Report 2021 released late last year. To do so, it has teamed up with the SA SME Fund, a partnership between the South African government and CEOs to stimulate the economy and create jobs by investing in funds that support and develop entrepreneurs, and Nedbank CIB, the corporate and investment banking division of leading African bank Nedbank.


The other partners are Newtown Partners, the family office of successful startup entrepreneurs Llew Claasen and Vinny Lingham; the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), a non-profit company with a mission to build a future-proof, inclusive society through technology and innovation; and Quona Capital, a venture firm focused on fintech that can expand access for underserved customers and small businesses in emerging markets.


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Fiona Tabraham

Fiona Tabraham is a strategic workforce development expert with a career founded on a resolute commitment to inclusivity, talent nurturing, and societal impact. Chief Executive of CAPACITI Digital Career Accelerator, Fiona’s passion for equity has charted pathways across numerous organisations, guiding bespoke Talent Initiatives, Future Leadership Development Programs, and transformative Career Pathway Development. Her tenure at Network Rail bore inclusive talent strategies, STEM advocacy, and innovative Graduate, Apprentice, and Internship initiatives. A trusted partner to a number of governmental, corporate and impact driven entities, Fiona empowers individuals and organisations, fostering diverse recruitment practices and innovative talent strategies. Fiona’s impact transcends the tech sector, positioning her as a leading voice for inclusive digital career initiatives.