First River Capital and its partners make strategic investments in established companies to execute and support growth.

As both active and passive investors we partner with boards and management and assist them to define, develop and execute strategy, business and operating models.

Through our partners, we are able offer additional support to our portfolio companies covering corporate governance, branding and marketing, accounting services as well as process and systems analysis.

A B-BBEE level 2 investment vehicle.

Industries and sectors currently within our mandate:

  • Agriculture and agri-processing;
  • Manufacturing and industrial;
  • Food and beverage – including franchises;
  • Financial and business services;
  • Healthcare and pharmaceutical;
  • Retail and wholesale and
  • Commercial / industrial and residential property.

Investment types:

  • Significant minority stakes and
  • Majority stakes

Transaction types:

  • Growth and expansion capital;
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Leveraged buy-outs and
  • Management buy-outs.

Investment criteria

  • Established and profitable
  • Strong management
  • Minimum EBITDA of R30m

To arrange for a consultation, pitch or submit your application contact the team at