Meet the team

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Wayne Stocks


Wayne is a co-founder and partner of Stocks and Strauss Fund Manager the fund manager of the University Technology Fund (UTF). Wayne is the co-founder of Stocks and Strauss, a permanent capital investment holding company, which has been a founder, angel and growth investor for almost a decade. Wayne serves as the CFO of Smile Identity, a US-based Know Your Customer “KYC” platform that combines government ID validation with face recognition to provide the most robust digital KYC solution in Africa.

Wayne was an MD of JUMO and served since inception for a three-year period. Wayne is a registered chartered accountant and has held various senior and executive finance and commercial positions in South Africa, USA, Dubai and the UK.

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Daniel Strauss


Daniel is a Private Equity and Venture Capital entrepreneur and holds a B.Eng. Industrial Engineering) and MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. He serves as a co-founder & partner of Stocks and Strauss Fund Manager the Fund Manager of the University Technology Fund (UTF).

Through constant interaction with various businesses as a shareholder and director, Daniel was able to gain insights into the various methods and mindsets employed by entrepreneurs, investors and consultants to ensure maximum growth to all stakeholders involved.

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Tom Hockaday


Tom is one of the leading figures in the world of University technology transfer and University-business interactions having 30 years of experience in the field. Tom oversaw the expansion of Oxford University Innovation into one of the world’s leading University technology commercialisation organisations with its activities greatly contributing to the impact of Oxford University around the world. Tom joined Oxford University Innovation in 2006 where the University’s commercialization Fund first started with a modest £4m. Based on the early successes of the Oxford University commercialization activities, Oxford Sciences Innovation launched a £600m successor Fund to invest in new Oxford University spin-out companies. Since leaving Oxford University innovation in 2016, Tom has focused on providing support on University-business interactions, University technology transfer, and seed Fund management for universities, investors and governments. In addition to assisting the SA SME Fund, Tom is currently supporting similar initiatives in Spain and Italy. Tom’s book ‘University Technology Transfer – What It Is and How to Do It’ was published by Johns Hopkins in 2020.

Book: University Technology Transfer – What It Is and How to Do It.
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Dr Sibusiso Sibisi


Consultant and Director of companies. Previously he was the President and CEO of the CSIR for 15 years where he focused on promoting science engineering and technology in South Africa as a mechanism to drive knowledge-driven economic growth in South Africa. Prior to his time at CSIR, Sibusiso was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at UCT as well as the CEO of Tellumat, an Information Technology and Services company.

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 Akash Maharaj


Akash is currently head of Investec Emerging Companies at Investec Bank Ltd. He was responsible for setting up a Corporate Venture Capital team that makes equity investments in early-stage high growth businesses. Prior to joining Investec, Akash was a Corporate Financier at Citibank and an Equities Trader at Deutsche Bank Securities after completing his articles at Deloitte. Akash is a Certified Financial Analyst and a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Eugene Jansen


Eugene serves as director and advisor to a number of entrepreneurial businesses he has co-invested in over the past 10 years and assisted to grow from their start-up days using the Stone Three Venture Technology investment model he developed. He is also currently a non-executive director of Acorn Private Equity as well as a Board member of the South African National Space Agency.Eugene has been involved in the science and engineering investment space for the last decade and is considered a pioneer and leader in science and technology investment.

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Sive Fikelepi


Sive has joined the University Technology Fund (UTF) as an Analyst. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town. She has experience in the Financial Services Industry as a trainee validator with the focus of assisting clients with the monitoring of their investments performance.

She also has experience in Internal Auditing as a Junior Consultant for one of the big 4 accounting firms which focused on evaluating organisational controls, advising managers at all levels, evaluating organisational risks, analysing organisational operations and as well as reviewing compliance.

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Carla Bezuidenhout


Carla holds an Honours degree in Accounting from NWU and has completed her SAIPA articles. She has recently joined Stocks and Strauss Fund Manager from IGrow Wealth Investments.

Key UTF Stakeholders

The SA SME Fund, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), SEFA (Small Enterprise Finance Agency) & Tamela

Current investors of The UTF


Future investors of The UTF

Stocks and Strauss Fund Manager

Fund Manager of The UTF

Inventors, scientists, researchers, founders

University entrepreneurs

University Technology Transfer Offices

The UTF Investment Committee

The Investment Committee makes investment and divestment decisions in respect of the Series Seed and Series A investments

The UTF Stakeholder Board

The Stakeholder Board comprises of key stakeholders of the UTF: The Fund Manager, the SA SME Fund, TIA, other investors and key representatives from the TTOs. The Stakeholder Board serves as a forum for the stakeholders to collaborate as well as to discuss operational issues that need streamlining

The UTF Advisory Board

The Advisory Board includes representation from the SA SME Fund, TIA and significant Investors and provides key guidance for Fund decisions