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Sibongile Zulu

Program Consultant
South Africa

Sibongile is a seasoned investor, an award-winning development finance professional, pitch judge, and the founder of Capital Unlocked. Her expertise has helped to propel numerous entrepreneurs towards achieving their funding goals and beyond. She possesses a wealth of experience in various forms of investment, including private equity, impact investing, development finance, venture capital, and angel investing in Africa. Her company serves mission-driven organizations to unlock capital for sustainable growth. With a career underpinned by the successful completion of hundreds of transaction reviews, Sibongile's proficiency in navigating the complex landscape of securing funding is unparalleled.

As a Funding Advisor, Sibongile has dedicated herself to guiding ambitious high-impact entrepreneurs through the intricacies of raising capital using globally benchmarked techniques. Her approach is not just about connecting with the right funders; she goes beyond just providing resources and guidance. She challenges assumptions, helps entrepreneurs refine their strategies and roadmaps in order to craft compelling pitches that resonate with potential funders, especially impact funders. Her methodology gives high-impact entrepreneurs a competitive edge, accelerating their funding journey and maximizing chances of success, while ensuring relevance and a strong return on investment.

In addition, she works with a team of dedicated impact finance professionals at the forefront of creating innovative impact investing strategies and frameworks. Her work involves working directly with impact funders by sourcing scalable impact investment opportunities, conducting rigorous due diligence, and identifying beneficial co-investment opportunities, thereby driving forward the agenda of sustainable impact investing.

Sibongile is also an experienced board director, investment committee member, and adjudicator, having chaired and adjudicated various panels and pitch competitions locally and abroad. She is an alumna of the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, and she serves as a GIBS Alumni Business Club Executive and MBA Ambassador.

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