Marc Balkin

Marc holds a BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. He began his professional career as an attorney with Werkmans Inc. Marc has extensive experience in private equity management, having consulted to several South African Investment Banks. Marc was Founding Partner of O2 Capital, and served as non-executive Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Enablis Khula Acceleration and Loan Funds.

Sol Bezuidenhout

Sol is a qualified chemical engineer and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a Diploma in Executive Management from the SU Graduate School of Business. He spent seven years in the Risk Management Consulting Industry, assisting multinational companies in the evaluation and subsequent re-engineering, development and implementation of business processes to facilitate effective risk management. He was also a representative of CDI International in South Africa, an international mergers and acquisitions firm, and assisted with the facilitation of several M&A transactions during this time.

Sol gained formal experience in the Venture Capital Industry as an Investment Analyst at Mark Shuttleworth’s HBD Venture Capital, where he also represented HBD as a Director on several of the boards of their portfolio companies

Odette Potter
Operations Manager

Odette has an Accounting Diploma and progressed through the financial ranks to the position of General Manager of Bandwidth Barn, the most successful Cape Town IT business incubator. Here she also pioneered various business development support programmes. She has extensive experience interacting with entrepreneurs and all stakeholders in the field of technology, and has designed and managed a number of interventions to accelerate the progress of young IT entrepreneurs.

Before joining Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa, she was Chairperson of the South African Business and Technology Incubation Association, representing South Africa at a number of international Business Incubation events.