Newtown Partners

Newtown Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm that actively invests in emerging, disruptive technology startup businesses. Founded and run by internationally successful entrepreneurs, Vinny Lingham and Llew Claasen, Newtown Partners has an entrepreneurial focus that goes beyond investment. The team operates out of offices in Cape Town, South Africa and Sunnyvale, California (Silicon Valley). The firm has a strong track record of investing in successful technology startups at the forefront of innovation and has successfully invested in and nurtured a number of early-stage companies from ideation to market-leading businesses. Newtown Partners has a strong executive team with a proven track record in technology entrepreneurship. The team has successfully launched, grown and sold technology startup businesses as entrepreneurs themselves and know what is required to succeed locally and internationally.

Llew Claasen

Managing Partner

Vinny Lingham

General Partner

17 past transactions

Haulio Pte Ltd

Series A in 2021
Haulio Pte Ltd develops a web based platform for the container haulage industry. Its products include Haulage Operations Platform (HOP), an end-to-end digital tool to manage all trucking jobs; Haulio Connectivity System (HCS) allows to manage and communicate with drivers to track them; and Haulage Management Platform (HMP) is designed for businesses to manage all trucking needs in one place. The platform enables peak and trough optimization and tracking of past transactions. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Singapore.

Redbird Health Tech

Seed Round in 2021
Millions of Africans live with chronic diseases without a convenient way to manage their health. And every year, millions more develop chronic disease – at a rate of two times the world average. Unlike those with acute disease, chronic disease patients require not just treatment, but also lifelong health monitoring to remain healthy and productive. African chronic diseases patients need a convenient way to manage their conditions, and the current, top-down approach to healthcare cannot cope. That’s where we come in. At Redbird, we supply pharmacies with everything they need to offer rapid diagnostic services for chronic disease, helping them to solve this need by establishing them as the most convenient place for patients to manage their health.


Venture Round in 2022
Chefaa develops a smart medicine system application. It allows users to order medicine from pharmacies online and set reminders for their medications. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in Cairo, Egypt.

MDaaS Global Corp.

Seed Round in 2021
MDaaS Global Corp. owns and operates diagnostic centers in clinically-underserved communities in Africa. Its diagnostic centers offer radiology, cardiology, and lab services. The company also offers SentinelX, that enables patients to track their health over time and easily access primary care both in-person and virtually. The company also retails, leases, installs, and maintains medical equipment for hospitals. It caters to the healthcare industry. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Lagos, Nigeria with an additional office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Portcast Pte. Ltd.

Seed Round in 2021
Portcast makes logistics profitable with accurate demand forecasts. Our proprietary data analytics engine is custom-designed for the logistics industry. The engine ingests combines historical data with real-world uncertainties, continuously identifies patterns in the supply chain that disrupt demand and applies comprehensive machine learning models to dramatically improve prediction results. Portcast is a route-based SaaS platform which provides the customers with both a web interface and an API for easy integration. In short, we turn market volatility into competitive advantage for logistics companies.


Seed Round in 2016
SweepSouth is a cleaning service company that connects clients to on-demand domestic cleaners via an online booking platform. It was founded by Aisha R. Pandor and Alen Ribic in 2014 and is based in Sandown, England.


Seed Round in 2021
Enterprise automation and process flow instrumentation that effectively digitizes the delivery of products across the global supply chain. The platform includes: Enterprise data integration with existing operational system, cloud based administrative interface and a fully branded (white labeled) and highly configurable 5-Star driver or reciever App.

Shypple B.V.

Series A in 2021
Shypple B.V. offers door pick-ups, pick-up, customs brokerage, ocean, air, and rail freight, on-demand warehousing services. The company also offers trucking, finance, insurance, and customs services. Additionally, it develops a centralized web-application that provides real-time visibility on every aspect of supply chain. The company provides 24/7 support services. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Venture Round in 2019
SweepSouth is a cleaning service company that connects clients to on-demand domestic cleaners via an online booking platform. It was founded by Aisha R. Pandor and Alen Ribic in 2014 and is based in Sandown, England.


Venture Round in 2017
Wala has built a community-driven and gamified personal financial management tool for cash-based consumers in emerging markets. The product allows users to easily track their spending and earning to develop a financial profile for a customer that currently does not have one. The app then uses that profile to set weekly financial and engagement goals which improve the consumers spending and savings. As users continue to engage with the app by logging their transactions and reaching their goals they will be awarded points which can be redeemed for cash, data, and other rewards. Through the app the user will then be able to sign-up and access financial products like deposit accounts, payments, and more.

Field Intelligence

Series A in 2020
Field Intelligence, Inc. provides a cloud based application to monitor, manage, and monetize asset ecosystem in real time. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in San Diego, California. As of July 24, 2019, Field Intelligence, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Network Innovations Inc.


Seed Round in 2018
Beyond their material world, an ancient group of living data fragments is at war. Bello Realm, once a place of peace, is now cast in shadow. Two heroes, brother and sister, stand against each other in the battle between light and dark, between freedom and corruption. Before you join the fight, you must first learn of the Augmentors and the Realm: you must know what has happened. Only once you have acquired this knowledge can you be entrusted with the choice.

Lori Systems

Corporate Round in 2020
Lori Systems Corp. develops, owns, and operates a logistics platform that helps to connect transport with cargo. It serves transporters and cargo owners. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya with additional offices in Mombasa, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda; and Lagos, Nigeria.