Venture capitalist ploughs US$50m into Cassava
Cassava Technologies (Cassava) has secured a US$50-million investment from C5 Capital (C5), a specialist venture capital firm that invests in cyber security, space, and energy security.
In a statement released to the media, the companies said the investment will contribute to the acceleration of the work that Cassava has undertaken to increase digital connectivity and inclusion on the continent.
Cassava will be the go-to market partner in Africa for C5’s portfolio companies to deliver best-in-class cyber security, satellite and space technology and clean energy.
C5 and Cassava already announced a joint venture through which Haven Cyber, a C5 portfolio company, and Cassava will scale Microsoft’s suite of cybersecurity products across Africa to help combat the threat of cybercrime.
Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Cassava Technologies, said, "This investment from C5 is part of our plan to raise additional growth capital whilst diversifying our investor base. We are delighted that C5 has joined us to help realise our vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind".
Cassava Technologies has operations in more than 20 African countries. Its services and solutions portfolio covers fibre networks, datacentres, renewable energy, cloud and cyber security, as well as Fintech and digital platforms.
André Pienaar, Chief Executive and Founder of C5 Capital, said, “We are delighted to partner with Cassava Technologies, to bring the most innovative cyber security, space and energy security products and services to African markets.”
Through the partnership between Haven Cyber (a portfolio company of C5) and Liquid Cloud & Cybersecurity (a business of Cassava), C5 and Cassava aim to bring expertise in cyber security to Africa by launching a network of Cyber Security Operations Centres (CSOCs) across Africa.
The companies say the CSOC network will enable the rapid delivery of cyber security services and operations on the continent.
The first such CSOC is set for launch in South Africa later this year.
Pienaar continued, “Following the launch of Cassava Technologies’ cutting-edge Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) planned for Johannesburg later this year, we see tremendous growth potential for Cassava Technologies’ cyber security business to help protect African enterprises and communities.”
Hardy Pemhiwa, President and CEO of Cassava, added, “Recent industry reports highlight that cyber security threats cost Africa close to US$4.1-billion in lost GDP in 2021. This is primarily due to the massive increase in the adoption of technology in businesses and governments across Africa and increased vulnerabilities as cyber-attack technologies evolve. Today’s investment from C5 and our pan-continental partnership will enhance our ability to enable our customers build secure and stable cloud based digital services critical to transforming lives on the continent.”