Justin Stanford

investor in Cape Town, South Africa

Justin Stanford

investor in Cape Town, South Africa

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Justin is an entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist from Cape Town, South Africa. With more than 15 years experience, he is founder, board member, advisor, or investor to a wide variety of companies in the technology industry.

Growing up on a farm, he decided not to complete high school and instead made the move to the city of Cape Town alone, to pursue his dreams of being an early Internet entrepreneur at the turn of the century.

Despite a few years of failed attempts in the wake of the infamous dotcom crash, he eventually prevailed and successfully launched and grew a pan-African Internet based software company from a garage in the suburbs of Cape Town, centred around the newly emerging theme of Internet security.

Having founded his first startup attempt at the age of 18, Justin has been involved in tech startups and entrepreneurial endeavours ever since, and has advised or invested in dozens of companies, domestically and abroad.

Today he is the MD of the 4Di Group, a global investment group and family office together with long-term business partner Erik van Vlaanderen, which houses their collective business interests; and co-founding General Partner of pioneering venture capital firm 4Di Capital. This is where he focuses his time, as well as still remaining an active angel investor.

As co-founder and inaugural Steering Committee Chairman of the Silicon Cape Initiative in 2009, designed to highlight and catalyse South Africa's nascent emerging tech startup ecosystem, Justin fully believes in South Africa’s potential as a global technology innovation hub.

In 2011, he was listed by the Mail & Guardian for the 'Top 200 Young South Africans', in 2013, listed by Forbes for '30 Under 30: Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs'. For 2014 through to 2017, he was listed by the Institut Choiseul for the 'Choiseul 100 Africa: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow', and in 2017 he was listed in the inaugural '100 Most Influential Young South Africans' by Avance Media.