Startup Lessons from a Venture Capitalist: How to Build a High-Growth Company

Jun 27, 3:00 – 5:30 PM

Workshop 17 Sandton, 138 West St, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2031

Join us for a fireside chat with titan investor, Clive Butkow, ex-COO of Accenture South Africa & ex-CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, the company he led that invested over R250 million in more than 12 high-growth startups.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

What does the future of entrepreneurship, startups and funding in South Africa & Africa look like in 2024?

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Clive Butkow, a seasoned leader and influential figure in the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship. With 28 years of management consulting experience, including key roles at Accenture South Africa, Clive brings a wealth of insights into high-performance selling, entrepreneurial development, and the dynamics of the global technology landscape.

Former CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, a disruptive digital technology Venture Capital Fund based in Johannesburg, Clive has played a pivotal role in shaping the startup ecosystem. He sits on various boards of Kalon's portfolio companies, guiding them in diverse domains such as payments, property tech, loyalty, security, artificial intelligence, and marketing tech.

In this Fireside Chat, Clive will delve into building a high-growth company, the intricacies of entrepreneurship, the funding ecosystem, and the future of startups in South Africa. Drawing on his extensive experience, he will share valuable perspectives on the global venture capital outlook for Africa, offering unparalleled insights for both emerging and established entrepreneurs.

Join us on June 27, 2024 for an evening of enlightenment, networking, food, drinks and a chance to be part of the entrepreneurial conversation that's shaping the future.

Event Highlights:

  • Fireside Chat with Clive Butkow
  • 10-Minute Keynote
  • Startup Pitches
  • Exhibitions
  • Networking
  • Food and Drinks

Why Attend:

This event is a unique opportunity to gain insights from an investor that has invested over R250 Million in high growth startups.


  • Date: 27 June 2024
  • Time: 5:00pm for 5:30pm
  • Location: Workshop17, Sandton (138 West Street)



Thursday, June 27, 2024
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM UTC


Networking and Food
Fireside Chat


  • Samuel Ngobeni

    Fottis Finance

    Chapter Director

  • Brian Mlambo

    Akha Ventures

    Ecosystem Builder


Peach Payments logo

Peach Payments

Akha Ventures logo

Akha Ventures


Workshop 17 Sandton logo

Workshop 17 Sandton

ScaleX logo


About Startup Grind

This is Startup Grind. We are the world’s largest startup community.

Our Mission

To give startups everywhere the education and opportunities they need to build, grow, and scale their companies.

Our Values

We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving first, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself.

Tools & Discounts for Startups

Take advantage of resources and offers provided by organizations we know and love, designed to help you navigate the startup journey.

Global Conference

Our annual flagship event in Silicon Valley brings together thousands of startup teams, investors and organizations from all over the world.

Join the Startup Membership

This membership gives you free access to networking, events, mentorship, office hours, and other exclusive opportunities curated by Startup Grind HQ.