CEO Today - Business Women Awards 2022

ABOUT POLO LETEKA Polo is an accomplished and experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor. Through IDF Capital, Polo has contributed towards channeling investments into women-owned SMEs across South Africa. In 2015, she co-founded Alitheia IDF to continue investing in high growth businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa that are womenowned and led. Polo is an accountant by training and has varied experience in both the Public and Private sectors of South Africa which includes accounting and auditing, corporate finance, investment banking, public policy formulation, venture capital and private equity in the SME sector. She was tasked with leading the process of developing South Africa’s first ever Codes of Good Practice on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment which is a Government policy seeking to transform the South African economic landscape to be more reflective of its population demographics. As a result of this work which has changed how Corporate South Africa interacts with the rest of the economy, she is considered a thought leader in areas of economic transformation and development. Polo is an accomplished public speaker and contributor to thought leadership articles on transformation and entrepreneurship. She was also part of South Africa’s version of the Dragons Den show and is also a co-author of a book called “…..and for all these reasons, I’M IN…..”, which seeks to assist entrepreneurs to become investor-ready. FIRMPROFILE IDF Capital is a specialist entrepreneurial financing institution with over R 1,5 billion assets undermanagement. IDFCapital was established on 01 March 2008, to exploit the opportunity of profitably investing in the entrepreneurial SME landscape by providing appropriate financial and non-financial products and support to unlock the value of the SME sector. IDF Capital aspires to be more than just another African business. It is our goal to become catalysts of economic growth across Africa by supporting people on their entrepreneurial journey. Our bespoke service offering gives entrepreneurs the boost they need to grow operationally, and become financially independent through leveraging our experience and knowledge of the African market. We are driven to provide continued sustainability of African businesses through capital and intelligent support. We believe in the power of small businesses to facilitate trade and create jobs. IDF has been managing and administering funds for various corporate and institutional clients for over 12 years IDF Capital is a level 1 BBBEE contributor that is 100 black-owned and more than 80 black womenowned It holds an NCR license, categories 1 and 2 FSCA licenses, and is a member of the Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and The Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals. IDF Capital recently launched its fund administration and back-office services offering, at the back of the years of experience gained since 2008 leveraging on its existing institutional knowledge, experience, infrastructure, skills, and technology. 52 www. ceotodaymagazine . com South Af r i ca CEO Today Bus i ne ss Women Awa rds 202 2 Polo Leteka Founde r and CEO IDF Capi tal

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