Acorn Private Equity

Year Fund Started
Type of Fund Manager Private Equity focussed on Growth Capital to Later Stage
Regulatory License Number FSP no. 41196
Total Number of Investments to Date 15
Number of Investment Executives 5
Principal Office Address Unit D, The Beachhead, 10 Niblick Way, Somerset West
Key Contact Person and Designation Pierre Malan
BEE Ownership
Company Description Acorn is a specialist private equity fund manager and investment advisor focused exclusively on Sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 2009, Acorn is a dedicated partner to all our investee companies, fostering sustainable businesses and generating long-term value for all stakeholders. The Acorn investment team is committed to exceptional performance, uncompromising integrity, honesty and ethical business practices. These principles allow us to encourage value creation and support growth as opposed to maximising returns to the detriment of our underlying partner companies. Acorn specialises in two main areas of investment: The food and agri sector; Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Telephone +27 (0)21 852 2887
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Name of Fund Acorn Agri & Food Ltd.
Committed Capital of Fund
Fund Structure Investment Holding Company
Nature of Fund Agricultural & food value chain
Number of Portfolio Companies 10 (SA), 1 (Africa)
Minimum Investment R 100 million (smaller if investment by portfolio company)
Maximum Investment R 750 million
Average Current Investment Size R 280 million
Industry Preference
  • Agriculture & Forestry & Fishing
  • Food & beverage
Industry Excluded
  • Not specified
Investment Stage Preference
  • Mature
Investment Stage Excluded
  • Start-up
  • Venture Capital
Minimum and Maximum Equity Usually Taken 25% minimum to 100% maximum
Geographical Preferences
  • SADC