Overview of Investor

UW is a multi-stage investor that provides growth and replacement capital across the equity cycle. Its activities span from high-growth ventures to mid-market private equity.

UW derives its philosophy from its name – “Umkhathi Wethu” is isiZulu for “Our Universe”. We believe in investing in and managing companies for the long term alongside management, co-investors and our institutional investment partners.

UW engages in two main activities:

Venture Capital

  • We make early-stage and transformational investments in a wide variety of emerging companies with dynamic founding teams.
  • We partner with management teams as they innovate, grow and transform business models.

Private Equity

  • We invest selectively in a variety of private equity opportunities alongside management and trusted co-investors.
  • As a provider of patient capital that understands risk, we strive to build sustainable value over the long term.

UW has its roots in South Africa but has since expanded to have interests across four continents.

Type of investor
Venture Capital
Preferred investment stage
Series B
Sector/s of Interest
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Mining and quarrying
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
​Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
​Transportation and storage
Accommodation and food service activities
​Information and communication
Financial and insurance activities
​Real estate activities
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Human health and social work activities
Country/s of interest
South Africa
United States