About Us

AgVentures is a leading African holding company that invests in disruptive agrifood technologies in South Africa, Israel and Kenya that has the potential to transform the African agrifood sector. After investing, AgVentures assists in the roll-out of these transformative technologies across Africa.

Management

Gerhard Visagie

Founder, CEO

 

QUALIFICATIONS:
B.Compt (Hons), CA (SA)

EXPERIENCE:

  • 10 years agrifood private equity experience.
  • Shareholder and director of Acorn Private Equity, a specialist agrifood private equity firm.
  • Executive of Acorn Agri & Food (previously Acorn Agri).
  • Co-founded Acorn Agri, a leading South African agrifood corporate.

Non-Executive Directors

Andre Uys

Chairman

 

QUALIFICATIONS:
B.Sc Agric (Hons), MBA

EXPERIENCE:

  • 20 years agrifood managerial experience.
  • CEO of Acorn Agri & Food.
  • Serves on the board of various South African agrifood companies.

Pierre Malan

Non-Executive

 

QUALIFICATIONS:
B.Compt (Hons) CA (SA)

EXPERIENCE:

  • 20 years agrifood private equity experience.
  • Co-founder and CEO of Acorn Private Equity, a specialist agrifood private equity firm.
  • Co-founded Acorn Agri, a leading South African agrifood corporate.
  • Serves on the board of various South African agrifood companies.

Cobus Visser

Non-Executive

 

QUALIFICATIONS:
LLB

EXPERIENCE:

  • Managing director of Bremer Investments, an investment holding company.
  • Chairman of Acorn Agri & Food.
  • Director of Heelbo Boerdery, a commercial farming operation primarily focused on cattle breeding.
  • Serves on the board of various South African agrifood companies.

Anchor Shareholder

Acorn Agri & Food is a leading South African, vertically integrated agriculture and food group with a hundred-year legacy. The Group is publicly traded with a market capitalisation of several billion Rands and over 3 000 employees.

Acorn Agri & Food is AgVentures’ anchor shareholder. This strategic partnership provides AgVentures with substantial capital and access to comprehensive agrifood expertise and networks, which assists in our efforts to evaluate and scale high-potential agrifood technologies.

Strategic Partners

AgVentures is connected to a wide array of strategic partners that provide valuable insights and resources to help us achieve our core purpose of transforming the African agrifood sector through innovative and disruptive agrifood technologies.

The future of fruit yield estimation

For years, fruit farmers have had to rely on conducting crop yield estimations through physical counting and extrapolating it to the entire crop. This method of yield estimation achieves inconsistent results. The ability to accurately estimate crop yields early in the season however plays a critical role in various critical technical and operational decisions made by fruit farmers.

The future of fruit yield estimation

For years, fruit farmers have had to rely on conducting crop yield estimations through physical counting and extrapolating it to the entire crop. This method of yield estimation achieves inconsistent results. The ability to accurately estimate crop yields early in the season however plays a critical role in various critical technical and operational decisions made by fruit farmers.

AgVentures is hiring!

AgVentures is hiring an analyst to assist us in unlocking Africa's agrifood potential by investing in and nurturing innovative and disruptive technologies.

Leading the African agrifood tech revolution

AgVentures, a South African based agrifood tech investment company, recently raised an anchor commitment of R100 million from Acorn Agri & Food, a leading South African agrifood business. This will assist AgVentures to pursue its vision of unleashing Africa’s...

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