REdimension Capital, a pioneering investment firm dedicated to reshaping the future of South African real estate, is pleased to announce the first close of its inaugural fund, the REdimension Real Estate Technology and Sustainability Fund I. This unique fund, which has received support from leading, forward-thinking stakeholders in the real estate sector, will focus on investing in early-stage innovative technology companies that deliver demonstrable improvements in the way property is developed, managed and engaged with. By strategically aligning with sector stakeholders, the fund has built an ecosystem of mutual value, aiming to deliver both investment and operating returns while accelerating technology adoption and driving sustainable outcomes.
Founding investors rallying behind innovation
The fund has achieved its ambitious first close target having received total commitments of over R200 million. REdimension Capital is proud to have gained the trust and support of the fund’s founding investors including Investec Property Fund, Growthpoint Properties and Rand Merchant Bank who have anchored the fund. The fund is further supported with investment from Liberty Two Degrees, Liberty Group and Sphere Holdings, amongst others. The founding investors provide a significant strategic underpin with over 650 properties across sectors directly under management. This portfolio represents over 11 million sqm of gross lettable space and is valued at over R235 billion.
Furthermore, it is anticipated that additional strategic commitments will be made to the fund before a final close on or before January 2025. The fund has also received significant interest from a range of co-investment partners, including from certain of the founding investors.
The intersection of real estate, technology and sustainability
The fund will target investment in companies developing high-impact solutions that operate at the convergence of real estate and technology. It will take a thematic approach to investment, focusing on areas which have a clear value proposition and solve for the sector’s challenges. This includes various built-world technologies that aim to improve the way assets are experienced, streamline management processes and decision-making, and which ultimately accelerate the digitalisation of the real estate industry.
Sustainability lies at the core of the fund mandate – it is committed to supporting technologies that promote energy efficiency, a reduced carbon footprint, and contribute positively to local community engagement, thus helping to enhance climate resilience for the real estate sector and promoting social inclusion.
As a fund backed by the industry’s incumbents, the intention is to support early-stage companies with inherently scalable business models and provide a platform for distribution and value creation.
Commenting on the launch
The founders of REdimension Capital, Peter Clark and Matthew Marshall, said: “We are thrilled to have achieved a first close for the REdimension Real Estate Technology and Sustainability Fund I. It marks a significant milestone in the evolution of property technology investment in South Africa. We are grateful for the support received from our founding investors and look forward to delivering for them while creating a meaningful and lasting positive impact on the markets in which we operate.”
About REdimension Capital
REdimension Capital was established in South Africa in 2021 to accelerate innovation in the built environment. Leveraging the unique blend of property-centric skills and experience of its founders, the company has created an eco-system at the intersection of real estate, technology and sustainability with the ambition of enhancing operational performance and improve sustainability in the built world. REdimension Capital has adopted an advisory-based approach to investing and works closely with strategic corporate partners to advise, invest and innovate future technology.