Select startups across Africa and Europe have been identified, according to a PR representative for Newtown Partners, who said the fund’s first investment having recently been concluded in a Nigerian startup and will be announced shortly.
Newtown Partners said in a statement today that the fund will identify, invest in, and nurture disruptive, innovative tech startups that present high-growth potential in the global supply chain and logistics technology stack.
“This programme will contribute to the long-term success of the organisation by identifying and leveraging startups deploying emerging technologies and business models in key geographical and logistics service areas,” Vinny Lingham, co-founder and general partner of Newtown Partners, said in the statement.
Newtown Partners said it would work closely with startups that the fund invests in. The VC noted that the fund is operationally separate from Imperial, ensuring portfolio startups are not hamstrung by corporate red tape, while still being able to unlock the synergistic benefits of having Imperial as an investor and market access provider.
As is typical in corporate venture capital, the fund has the objective of generating attractive financial returns together with a strategic underpinning relevant to the core business of Imperial, said Newtown Partners.
“By adopting a pragmatic approach to disruptive innovation, we are well-positioned to identify how Imperial’s business will change over the next few years, and enable them to not just weather the inevitable disruption to their industry, but to leverage this change for competitive advantage,” noted Llew Claasen, Newtown Partners co-founder and managing partner.
To maintain its position as a major industry player, the VC noted that Imperial required an entrepreneurial partner that not only specialises in investing in early-stage startups, but one that also has strong emerging market knowledge, access to the Silicon Valley network and a deep understanding of what is required for a startup to succeed.
“With this fund, we are embracing the disruption taking place in the market by safe-guarding the organisation against future risk. It is about leveraging innovation so that we — alongside our clients — can not only survive but thrive well into the future,” Akoojee pointed out.