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About us

As Africa's first dedicated AgriFood Tech investment vehicle, The Hatchery's mission is to 'shape a healthier, more inclusive and more sustainable future of food for Africa' by investing in disruptive businesses across the food value chain.

With the backing of one of Africa's most prominent investment holding companies, Remgro; and one of the biggest food producers, RCL FOODS; The Hatchery brings together a powerful ecosystem of capital, networks, and Food, Beverage, and Agribusiness expertise to support its investee companies.

Having established itself with the appropriate profile and attributes, The Hatchery is well positioned to lead the transformation of the African food value chain.

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About us

As Africa's first dedicated AgriFood Tech investment vehicle, The Hatchery's mission is to 'shape a healthier, more inclusive and more sustainable future of food for Africa' by investing in disruptive businesses across the food value chain.

With the backing of one of Africa's most prominent investment holding companies, Remgro; and one of the biggest food producers, RCL FOODS; The Hatchery brings together a powerful ecosystem of capital, networks, and Food, Beverage, and Agribusiness expertise to support its investee companies.

Having established itself with the appropriate profile and attributes, The Hatchery is well positioned to lead the transformation of the African food value chain.

We aim to shape a healthier, more inclusive and more sustainable future of food for Africa

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Our Impact

01 Malnutrition and food
insecurity

  • 200M people suffer from “hunger” in Africa
  • 1/3rd of children under the age of 5 are stunted
  • 41M children under the age of 5 are obese, 25% of them are living in Africa

02 Constrained economic development

  • 28.5% unemployment in South Africa
  • $25B is the estimated p.a. cost of stunting to the African continent
  • $20B overall p.a. cost of diabetes in SSA

03 Environmental Degradation

  • Food-related emissions account for 1/3rd of human-caused GHGs
  • Agriculture is responsible for 70% of freshwater withdrawals
  • 1.3B tons food wasted p.a.

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The team

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What we invest in

Our strategy is to focus on Agri-Food Tech businesses (refer to diagram below) as well as key business enablers that cut across the food value chain such as logistics and the circular economy (e.g. water, packaging and waste).

Stream Upstream Midstream Downstream
Sector Inputs Farmers Traders Manufacturers Retailers Consumers
Categories of Disruption/AgriFood Tech
  • Genetic engineering
  • Crop protection & input management
  • Plant sciences
  • Precision agriculture
  • Vertical farming & other indoor agriculture
  • Agri. Platforms & marketplaces
  • Imagery & drones
  • Sensors & smart farm equipment
  • Agricultural commodities
  • Alternative animal feeds
  • Alternative proteins
  • Personalised nutrition & mood
  • Meal kits
  • Ready-to-eat meals
  • Packaging innovation
  • IoT
  • Bioplastics
  • Marketplaces & platforms
  • Augmented reality
  • Food traceability
  • Direct-to-consumer
  • Improved consumer experience
  • Meal & grocery delivery
  • Food traceability
  • Ready-to-eat meals
  • Meal kits
  • Personalized nutrition & mood
  • Health & Wellness
  • Experience Economy
  • Consumer Data Insight
Typical business enablers across the value chain Logistics Distribution Waste Water Packaging Other

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What we invest in

Our strategy is to focus on Agri-Food Tech businesses (refer to diagram below) as well as key business enablers that cut across the food value chain such as logistics and the circular economy (e.g. water, packaging and waste).

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How we invest

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Aim is to commercialise global Food, Beverage and AgriTech business opportunities in sub Saharan Africa

SECTOR FOCUS

  • Food, Beverage*, and Agribusiness
  • Disruptive business/technology, including key business enablers that cut across the food value chain such as logistics and the circular economy (e.g. water, packaging and waste)

*Non-Alcoholic

TYPE OF INVESTMENT

  • Equity investments (growth & expansion capital)
  • Limited use of debt
  • Lead investor preferred, covering majority or significant minority stakes (with suitable protections)
  • Board seat required

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

  • Post-revenue and clear trajectory to cashflow generation and profitability
  • Proven product, service or technology
  • Management with proven track record

DEAL SIZE

  • Up to ZAR40 million / ~US$2 to ~US$3 million

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Sustainability in all aspects (environmental, social & financial) is important

DIVERSITY

  • Culture, race, gender inclusivity and diversity are important

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How we invest

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Aim is to commercialise global Food, Beverage and AgriTech business opportunities in sub Saharan Africa

SECTOR FOCUS

  • Food, Beverage*, and Agribusiness
  • Disruptive business/technology, including key business enablers that cut across the food value chain such as logistics and the circular economy (e.g. water, packaging and waste)

*Non-Alcoholic

TYPE OF INVESTMENT

  • Equity investments (growth & expansion capital)
  • Limited use of debt
  • Lead investor preferred, covering majority or significant minority stakes (with suitable protections)
  • Board seat required

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT

  • Post-revenue and clear trajectory to cashflow generation and profitability
  • Proven product, service or technology
  • Management with proven track record

DEAL SIZE

  • Up to ZAR40 million / ~US$2 to ~US$3 million

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Sustainability in all aspects (environmental, social & financial) is important

DIVERSITY

  • Culture, race, gender inclusivity and diversity are important

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Contact Us

REGISTERED HEAD OFFICE

The Hatchery Group (Pty) Ltd
The Court House
2 Saxon Road
Sandton
Gauteng
South Africa
2196

Ebru Kaya Cook (CEO)
ebru@thehatchery.global

SATELLITE OFFICE

The Hatchery Group (Pty) Ltd
La Gratitude Herehuis
95 Dorp Street
Stellenbosch
Western Cape
South Africa
7600

Dempers Meyer (Principal)
dempers@thehatchery.global

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Contact Us

REGISTERED HEAD OFFICE

The Hatchery Group (Pty) Ltd
The Court House
2 Saxon Road
Sandton
Gauteng
South Africa
2196

Ebru Kaya Cook (CEO)
ebru@thehatchery.global

SATELLITE OFFICE

The Hatchery Group (Pty) Ltd
La Gratitude Herehuis
95 Dorp Street
Stellenbosch
Western Cape
South Africa
7600

Dempers Meyer (Principal)
dempers@thehatchery.global

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