Here in the United States, most Venture Capitalist are highly successful business leaders. They have a track record of building companies and making money through an aggressive growth strategy that often involves merger and acquisition transactions. Therefore, a background and experience with growing companies is most likely a pre-requisite for becoming a venture capitalist.
Venture Capitalist are also very smart when it comes to understanding the numbers and financial information. They know how to size up companies and assign valuations to a company in relation to the financial information for the company. Therefore, another pre-requisite for becoming a venture capitalist is to have a solid understanding of finance.
A number of Venture Capitalist here in the United States have worked for other Investment Banks. Therefore, if you want to get started down this journey, I would suggest you reach out and see how you can work with an Investment Bank in South Africa. Here is a link to help you out: https://www.globalbankingandfinance.com/list-of-investment-banks-in-south-africa/
If this does not work out, then you have to take the long path which is to go out and start a company, grow it and gain real hands-on experience with building wealth. And it is the wealth that you create which allows you to invest in other companies as a Venture Capitalist.
In conclusion, it appears there are two paths to becoming a Venture Capitalist: Create a company with a lot of wealth or gain experience working for an Investment Bank. That is my advice for someone trying to become a Venture Capitalist.
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