Alternative investments are becoming popular with retail investors, but accessing funds in this market can be very costly, with little liquidity and a very small chance of seeing profitable returns. The flip side is that investing in the right business can be incredibly rewarding. One form of popular alternative investment is through venture capital. Venture capitalists tend to be companies - individual investors can invest funds through them. If this is a route you're considering, you might want to look at joining an existing organisation. As an individual, you could approach a VC firm to contribute your capital. The firm will then take your contributions and decide how to invest them. However, this is usually only open for high-net-worth individuals. If you'd like to join a network of VC or angel investors, you can get in touch with the Southern Africa Venture Capitalist and Private Equity Association. There are different types of membership. Investors are not limited to what woul...

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