We want to invest in emerging market startups who are seeing the world at a different angle and are building solutions to solve problems using technology.

about us

R-Ventures is a diversified global investment holding company that invests in emerging market startups developing high-impact, technology-driven solutions. Through decades of experience in the financial services, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors worldwide, the R-Ventures management team and its advisory partners believe that early-stage venture capital is one of the key instruments of change that can disrupt traditional sectors of an economy and create greater financial inclusion and economic growth in these markets. As a seed-stage and early growth-stage investor, we believe that what sets emerging market startups apart, is their ability to see not just the storied ‘gap in the market’, but also a ‘market in the gap’.


We are a group of successful entrepreneurs and angel investors who created successful businesses that solve critical challenges through technology - led by Laurent Lamothe, a global thought leader and technology entrepreneur.

“Many startups believe that money is the key. I disagree; it is the experience and commitment of the founders,

a business model that has a clear market, and solves a serious challenge. This is much more important. ”

Laurent Lamothe.

INNOVATIVE THINKERS

WE BACK GROWTH

SCALEABLE BUSINESS MODEL

We want to invest in emerging market startups who are seeing the world at a different angle and are building solutions to solve problems using technology.

 
 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

We want to invest in emerging market startups who are seeing the world at a different angle and are building solutions to solve problems using technology.

Laurent Lamothe.

a business model that has a clear market, and solves a serious challenge. This is much more important. ”

“Many startups believe that money is the key. I disagree; it is the experience and commitment of the founders,

TEAM

At the core, we are looking for great teams. Preferably proven founders or founders that have profound knowledge and experience operating in the industry they are trying to disrupt. We know from first-hand experience that the road is long. We want to make sure that there is an excellent match and rapport between the team and us. But we also need to make sure that these founders are mentorable and coachable.

T.A.M

We want to understand the problem you are solving. What is the scale of the problem? What is the Total Addressable Market (TAM)? Understanding the problem will help us understand the size of the opportunity. We are focused on ideas that target global billion dollar markets but at the very least a $100 million market within 5 years of inception.

TRACTION

If you can show some proof of traction, be it early adopter feedback, initial paying customers, or a clear path towards a $100K monthly recurring revenue (‘MRR’) Series A milestone, it will help us better see a path to a billion dollar addressable market.

TECHNOLOGY

What makes you unique? Do you have a technology edge? Do you have something others might call ‘rocket science’? Do you have something that can scale and protect you from others trying to copy you, especially if the market is crowded?

TRANSFORMATIVE

We want to see how your idea will transform the industry you are going after. Not just incrementally, but fundamentally. Think of companies like Skype, Zendesk, Spotify each defining a brand-new category that allows them to dominate for decades. You win a market by being first or best.

TIMING

Everything in life comes down to timing. Why now? Too often, we see the vision of founders collide with the realities of the market, often because their timing is wrong. But take Skype as an example of the opposite. Skype wasn’t first with VOIP, but their timing was spot on. Google wasn’t the world’s first search engine, but their timing and offering was spot on.

10X

We just said the timing is everything, but we are also a VC, and we are focused on returns. Hence, we target a 10X return on our investments. This means that balanced valuations are key to us; however, often one of the most challenging aspects to assess.

R-VENTURES PORTFOLIO

 
 

THE OPPORTUNITY

At R-Ventures, we look at how startups in emerging markets create solutions, using technology that disrupts sectors of an economy, allowing for great inclusion, which is a crucial driver of sustained economic growth.

EMERGING MARKETS MAY HAVE AN EDGE IN MOBILE

FINTECH STARTUPS ARE REDESIGNING FINANCIAL SERVICES

What we are seeing in emerging markets is how the mobile phone is evolving even further. The device is driving the solutions startups develop. Education and business infrastructure systems incorporate the mobile phone as the entry point for underserved markets.

Financial inclusion for underserved people across the world, is a critical challenge, especially in emerging markets that have large informal economies. Fintech innovators are building affordable, accessible and appropriate solutions designed to improve the financial health of underserved populations in emerging markets.

THE TEAM

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Laurent Lamothe is a global thought leader, technology entrepreneur and known as Haiti’s longest-serving Prime Minister.  A visionary leader who is driven by a deep sense of global social responsibility,  and is a thought leader in social entrepreneurship, impact programs, technology and innovative finance. Lamothe is a successful entrepreneur who leverages his business and management expertise to develop critical infrastructure in emerging nations.

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LAURENT LAMOTHE

FOUNDER AND BOARD CHAIR

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Scott graduated cum laude from UCT having studied a Bachelor of Busines Science (honours in Economics) and further received his CFA charter holder in 2011. Scott has 12 years’ experience in the financial services industry. The majority of this time was spent in the listed equity environment as an Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager. He also has corporate finance experience and most recently has been assisting start-ups with corporate advisory services. Scott is, above all, a passionate investor in both the listed and private markets with a strong bias towards scalable technology.

SCOTT YOUNG, CFA

MANAGING DIRECTOR &

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

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Travis has an honours degree in accounting and finance. He is an experienced business partner with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. He has many years of experience in Small and Medium Enterprise business management and strategy. He is passionate about making small businesses thrive to make an impact in their respective industries.

TRAVIS STEDMAN

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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