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Proudly Women-Owned Impact Funders.
 
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About Us

Black Women-Owned South African Fund Managers

We have our roots in business rescue and private equity.  We are passionate about making a difference in the world through the allocation of capital with impact.  We invest in SMEs using our ‘Gender Lens’ which assesses what the future of gender in that SME could be, and by implementing our gender development programme guided by the management team. Our portfolio companies don't have to be women-owned to qualify for investment - just positively predisposed to us helping them get there.

Our
Ethos

Founded in 2017, FyreFem’s mission is to be a careful custodian of private equity capital while making sure that all capital allocated by us helps to change the world, starting in Africa.  We aim for healthy SME’s in our portfolios, healthy returns, healthy societies, and healthy economic systems. We value transparent and fair dealings and have a great deal of respect for diversity. SDG 5 and 8 guide our investments.

Fix &
Build

We focus on SME’s throughout their lifecycles, from incubated venture capital funds, to portfolio companies in growth phases, all the way through to working with distressed assets to nurse them back to health with capital injections (only where capital can remedy the distress). We like to see productive SMEs, assets and productive people.  We value growth but equally enjoy repurposing, if value is restored.

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A Women-Led Fund that Combines the Best of Private Equity & Business Rescue.

Helping SME's in South Africa through distress and into economy-stimulating growth

(This fund pre-dates our name change to FyreFem in 2019)

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Fix &
Build

We will start with good businesses which can be fixed and take these up the curve to health. We will then work with them to build them into market leaders through growth and acquisition strategies and follow on capital investments.

FIX PHASE: This could involve formal business rescue but will involve the use of debt and mezzanine instruments, mostly, to protect investment and price risk.​

BUILD PHASE: This will use a combination of debt and equity depending on build strategy ie growth or acquisition

Sector
Focus

We will focus on those sectors that can re-start after COVID-19. High Covid-19 exposure businesses will be chosen only where capital can remedy the distress. We will only work with businesses which we can work with within the private equity models, after rescuing them using our in-house business rescue skills. We will build sector leaders with a preference for food and manufacturing sectors.

Bespoke Software to Manage Applications & Post-Investment 

Proven Business Rescue Software handles applications and guides SMEs post-investment. The software helps with pipeline funnel management through the application process.  After the investment, the system keeps a watchful eye on covenant management and key performance metrics.  This allows us to distance monitor after investment and software installation.

Gender
Focus

Every deal, even the distressed deals, will be examined through a gender lens and a programme implemented to impact change at C-Suite, Board and Shareholding level. We bring women into portfolio company ownership, C-Suite and the boardroom during the period of our investment in a structured 5-year programme with our “FyreFly Development Programme”. We ask our portfolio companies to sign up to the FyreFly Development Programme at term sheet phase so that we can work during our investment period to make sure we leave women-owned SMEs in our wake. 

Johannesburg South Africa
Our First Fund:
FireBird Revitalisation Fund
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Our Gender Focus
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Our name comes from our desire and commitment to contribute towards the development and transformation of the private equity industry and to be more representative of women.  In our unique position, we seek to meaningfully transform not only our own work environment but that of our portfolio companies through specialised post-investment strategies.

FyreFem will work closely with its Portfolio Companies to ensure the transformation of women staff takes place at every level i.e. Board, Management and Staff. We seek to empower women through our “FyreFly Development Programme”. 

How We Make Super Returns
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Deal
Origination

We find the right deal.

We access our multiple origination channels to find businesses that require capital and are aligned to our philosophy. 
 
Our strong and well-established networks include private equity and impact funds, business rescue practitioners, audit firms, corporate finance advisors and law firms.

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We Are
Hands On

We work together with our portfolio companies to build value.

We help our businesses up-skill relative to the Financial Regulatory environment, BEE, SD Goals & Governance Codes.

We also understand financial engineering and the Companies Act. We know how to access incentives and grants and certainly are plugged in to the market for deal opportunities for our portfolio companies. 

Gender Diversity
Improves Performance

The IFC's 2019 report notes that gender diverse fund managers have an increased IRR of 20% over the mean emerging market IRR of 6.4% for Sub Saharan Africa (5% for multi-market) or 7.8% for growth equity. 

We want to ensure that our decisions are made by gender diverse teams and that our portfolio companies benefit from this.  The same report finds valuation enhancements from gender diverse teams at this level also.

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Our Team

Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube
Chairwoman of FyreFem Fund Managers

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As a founding director Nhlanhla is invaluable to provide the FyreFem board with strategic guidance and deal sourcing. Her background as economic advisory in the Presidency and her current board positions at Capitec, Pioneer Foods, Ansys, Aurecon and many others, provides the team with invaluable expertise.

Nonhlanhla has won the SABC Lebone Businesswoman of the Year Award and several other awards for business leadership and social entrepreneurship. She has a BA from the University of Fort Hare and an MA in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town.

In addition, she has completed modules in Management at the Washington State University, a Fellowship in Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Certificate in Finance at the Wharton School of Business (USA), a Senior Executive Leadership Programme at Harvard University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology Management at Warwick University (UK).

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Cathy Goddard
Founder & CEO of FyreFem Fund Managers

As a founding director Nhlanhla is invaluable to provide the FyreFem board with strategic guidance and deal sourcing. Her background as economic advisory in the Presidency and her current board positions at Capitec, Pioneer Foods, Ansys, Aurecon and many others, provides the team with invaluable expertise.

Nonhlanhla has won the SABC Lebone Businesswoman of the Year Award and several other awards for business leadership and social entrepreneurship. She has a BA from the University of Fort Hare and an MA in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town.

In addition, she has completed modules in Management at the Washington State University, a Fellowship in Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Certificate in Finance at the Wharton School of Business (USA), a Senior Executive Leadership Programme at Harvard University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology Management at Warwick University (UK).

Our Clients & Partners
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