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Finance Catalyst

Private: Finance Catalyst

Patrick Makanza

Patrick has more than 30 years’ experience working in the private sector, having worked in financial services, manufacturing, private equity, and venture capital sectors. Residing in Harare, Zimbabwe he has extensive work experience in the country and in the Southern African region. Since 1996, Patrick has worked in the private equity/venture capital sector occupying key positions. He has hands-on experience in business development to assist entrepreneurs in getting investor-ready. He boasts vast experience in identifying investment opportunities, financial & legal due diligence, deal structuring and managing and exiting portfolio entities. He is founding partner and Chief Investments Officer of the Vakayi SME Fund, a Zimbabwe-focused fund, with regional ambitions that helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Patrick has a vast network of local, regional, and international business contacts in both public and private sectors. His network comprises senior figures in the development finance institutions, financial institutions, renewable energy experts, tax & legal experts, ESG and impact consultants to name a few.