// Raba
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// Raba

Raba is not a "fund." We are a partnership, a team of people who partner with founders to build companies that generate outsized returns and solve real-world problems. We have been early partners to the founders of many category-defining African software and internet companies. This site is designed to help founders learn about who we are and what we do @Raba.

We build long-term partnerships with long-term people. We founded Raba in Cape Town, pictured above. πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

πŸ—οΈ Portfolio of companies and founders we are building with

CompanyFirst partnered @Co-partnersFocusSector
Flutterwave
Pre-seed
Avenir | DST | Tiger Global
Payments API infrastructure across Africa
Fintech
Twiga
Seed
Goldman Sachs | IFC
Digital vertically integrated grocery for Africans
Logistics
mPharma
Series A
Breyer Capital | Social Capital
Software and data focused on digitising healthcare in Africa
Logistics
Kobo360
Seed
Goldman Sachs | IFC
Digital freight forwarder and logistics for Africa
Logistics
Yoco
Series B+
Dragoneer
Merchant payments and software starting in South Africa
Fintech
Cloudline
Pre-seed
TBA
Software-powered autonomous airships and last-mile logistics
SoftwareLogistics
OnePipe
Pre-seed
TBA
Banking as a service for African fintechs
Fintech
Stitch
Pre-seed
firstminute | Village Global
API infrastructure for African fintechs
FintechSoftware
54gene
Series A
Adjuvant | KdT | YCombinator
Global medical discovery using African DNA
Biotech
AMMP
Seed
Point Nine
Software tools for renewable energy companies
Software
Thndr
Pre-seed
Global Ventures | YCombinator
Digital investment platform focused on Egypt and beyond
Fintech
COVA
Pre-seed
TBA
Consolidated tracker for financial and digital assets
Fintech
Shara
Pre-seed
TBA
Social payments and finance for African markets
Fintech
Ramani
Pre-seed
Village Global | YCombinator
Software and payments for distributors and merchants
SoftwareFintech
Lori Systems
Series A
DST | Hillhouse Capital
Trucking logistics marketplace and software for African carriers
LogisticsSoftware
STEALTH
Seed
TBA
Holding company that builds and invests in African companies
HoldingCo
STEALTH
Pre-seed
TBA
B2B2C fintech and payments company
Fintech
STEALTH
Seed
TBA
APIs for fintechs to offer crypto payments and wallets
Crypto
STEALTH
Seed
TBA
Merchant payments and software
Fintech
YellowCard
Series A
Coinbase | Square Inc | Valar
African crypto payments and exchange
Crypto
FloatPays
Seed
YCombinator
Fintech software focused on earned wage access
Fintech

TBA = To be announced. As of 10.18.2021.

πŸ—Ώ Our philosophy

We partner with founders building software and internet-first companies. We get involved early β€” during a time when we can have outsized impact. We have developed a series of investment themes that inform our partnership decisions. Our focus is on companies that facilitate the efficient movement of capital and essential products β€” the rails that enable other businesses to be built.

We believe long-term investment results are driven by a combination of an unconventional thesis, a rigorous investment process, and the ability to invest with a longer-term horizon than traditional market participants. Through our network of limited partners, we've built long-term thinking and company-building experience into our operating system from the start.

We align interests with our partners and are among the largest LPs in Raba's funds.

πŸ’ͺ🏾 Our team

Meet the team

Our broader team, our limited partners

We are proud to call the backers of Raba friends and partners. They come from varied backgrounds and include many of the best global investors and operators. Each is a welcome guest at our home. Partner fit and long-term relationships are at the core of our partnership. Many of our founders we have backed have invested their personal capital directly with us.

We are comfortable stating that we are NOT appropriate for most partners.

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