Ben Shaw


PE Professional | Founder | Fellow | Advisor | Author | Host

Keynote Topics

– Finding founders and developing entrepreneurship.
– Africa’s investment environment.
– Early- and late-stage investment.
– Building a technology business in Africa.

Workshop Topics

– Disruption and change management : strategies for innovation and growth.
– Entrepreneurship and fundraising.
– Building teams: ideation to execution.
– Start-up board management and recruitment.
– Investment pricing vs. valuation: the partnership between capital and founder


– Mentorship and coaching (founders).
– Board directorships and advisory (start-ups).
– Investment Committees (funds).

Brokerage & Valuation

– Financial due diligence (start-ups).
– Valuation support and fundraising assistance.


With expertise spanning a wide range of domains, sectors, and stages of business, and with experience in investment banking, payment technology, property and private equity, Ben has made significant contributions to several ventures throughout his career. He currently serves as an investment associate at EXEO Capital, with leadership roles in Balihle Capital and the XV Fund. He advises several small companies and is passionate about mentorship and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Ben is a keynote and business strategy speaker and covers topics such dealing with disruption, early-stage business development, fundraising, the African SMME landscape, and navigating the corporate-start-up divide. He has most recently been features on SABC and eNCA discussing themes from his book, The First Kudu.