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​Investing in African start-ups: Plug and Play South Africa

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Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Plug and Play is the ultimate innovation platform, bringing together the best start-ups and the world’s largest corporations. With a mission to make innovation open to anyone, anywhere, Plug and Play boasts an ecosystem of 20 000 start-ups, 400 major corporate partners and over 180 venture capital firms across 36 international locations. The firm will be launching an office in Johannesburg to help talented African start-ups to grow, and become global players that will help drive their economies, and contribute to job creation. 

Join Grace Legodi, head of Plug and Play South Africa, for a discussion on the firm’s plans for South Africa, venture capital investing, the importance of business development acceleration for start-ups and the benefits of corporate innovation using start-ups in the execution of their innovation strategies. 

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Grace Legodi is the Director, Country Head for Plug and Play South Africa, an early stage investor, startup business development accelerator and corporate innovation platform all with the aim of helping to bring new technology to market faster. 


Prior to this role, she evolved into an all round financial services professional with diverse investment banking experience in Capital Markets, Sell-side Equity Research, Mergers & Acquisitions, Structured Equity Financing, and gender-lens impact investing. This experience was gained over 10 years, 5 years of which were spent at Goldman Sachs International: 3 years in Johannesburg and 2 years at its headquarters in New York. During her time in New York, her passion for tech was harnessed from her role on the Ambassador Board of Launch with GS, Goldman Sach’s first for-profit $500m initiative with a gender lens to invest in women-founded, -owned and/or -led businesses. She has a Bachelor Business Science Honours Degree (Accounting and Finance majors) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Webinar details:

  • Date:         26 August 2020

  • Time:         16:00 – 17:00am SAST
  • Venue:       Online conferencing.  The conference link will be sent upon registration.
  • Fee:           No charge



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