Maizonn recognizes the challenges met by entrepreneurs facing the daunting prospect of scaling their start-up businesses into market leader enterprises. Africa is a breeding ground for resilience and innovation, and a plethora of entrepreneurial businesses exist. Many successful small ventures, and their founders, however, require a different level of leadership and management – as well as access to capital – in order to realise their full potential.

 

Compliance, governance and robust financial management are fraught with complexities and nuances – requiring insightful and expert guidance along the capital road map from start-up to exit. This road is easier for Private Equity (PE) companies, which are more structured and better able to source high level management teams. Venture Capital Companies (VCCs), however, are often started by individuals with passion and purpose, (and friends and family willing to provide angel or seed funding), but limited access to the diverse skills and experience required to grow the venture beyond a particular point. Many of them are vulnerable to the exploitative tactics of ruthless potential investors and ‘partners’.

 

This is where Maizonn steps in alongside the founders to provide a solid and balanced support structure (and coffee). The Maizonn team has ‘been there, done that’. They have all embraced the lessons of failure … and the recovery. They have all had to ‘start again’ and are committed to ensuring that others on a similar path have the benefit of their hard-earned hindsight.

LESSON LEARNED: RISK CAN BE MITIGATED IF ONE KNOWS WHERE TO LOOK…

VENTURE CAPITAL COMPANIES (VCCs)

 

There are two types of funding:

  • “Start-up money” from friends and family (and a fool or two); and

  • “Scale-up cash” to help companies grow – a particular challenge in Africa.

Maizonn provides de-risked, carefully selected and high growth opportunities with access to both VC and PE funding - reducing the possibility that something will go wrong and that money will be lost.

 

The services portfolio offered by Maizonn includes:

  • Business structuring

  • Legal, Compliance and Due Diligence assessment and reporting

  • Financial structuring, management and reporting

  • Tax advisory

  • Merger and Acquisition facilitation

  • Networking opportunities and access

  • Innovative strategic planning

  • Raising capital and effective capital management

SERVICES AND

OFFERINGS

SMEs

 

Many SMEs require assistance in raising capital, and potential investors evaluate business opportunities meticulously to minimise risk and maximise potential profitability. Maizonn assists SMEs to raise capital by getting their businesses ‘investment ready’.

 

Services include:

  • Optimal business structuring

  • Financial analysis and preparation of KPIs and reports

  • Financial forecasting and funding modelling

  • Assessment of risk and mitigation advice

  • Preparation of funding road maps

  • Leveraging of and access to networks of relevant potential investors

  • Management and support of due diligence processes

  • Legal advice and structuring of agreements

 

Maizonn experts package business opportunities to highlight the most valuable assets of a business, and demonstrating effective and efficient business structures, systems and processes maximises the chance of raising capital. Potential investors will be in a good position to assess funding requirements and potential returns, in context of risk.

WHY DO WE MATTER?

LESSON LEARNED: THE VAST MAJORITY OF BUSINESSES ARE NOT INVESTMENT READY.

INVESTORS

 

Angel investors, venture capitalists, private investors and entrepreneurs do not have time to waste.

 

Maizonn recognises the need for efficiency and transparency and offers the following services:

  • Filtering of business propositions to present ‘best match’ opportunities only

  • Assessment of SMEs using key metrics utilising our proprietary model

  • Evaluation of investor weightings of existing v projected revenues and NPAT figures

  • Deal sourcing and structuring of equity deals

  • Due diligence

  • Financial structuring and analysis

  • Modelling and valuations