South Africa’s Yoco Secures US$83 Million To Scale Its Financial Ecosystem

South Africa’s Yoco Secures US$83 Million To Scale Its Financial Ecosystem

by 1 August 2021

Yoco, a payments and software company from South Africa, has raised US$83 million in a Series C funding round, the company announced in a statement. With the funding, Yoco’s total capital pool now stands at US$107 million.

The company noted in the statement that this is the single largest investment to have been raised by a MENA-based small business payments platform. It is also the largest such round by a South African payments company, the company said.

Investors in the round include Dragoneer Investment Group, Breyer Capital, HOF Capital, The Raba Partnership, 4DX Ventures, and TO Ventures. The round also roped in investments from executives of global tech companies such as Coinbase, Revolut, Spotify and Gojek. This is Dragoneer Investment Group’s maiden Africa investment.

Existing investors Partech, Velocity Capital Fintech Ventures, Orange Ventures, Quona Capital and FMO, also took part in the round.

Yoco is digitising small business payments

The company will use the funds towards growing its financial ecosystem for small businesses, and expand in Africa and the Middle East over the next two years. Over the next four years, the company aims to reach a million merchants. So far, Yoco’s offerings include online and in-store payments, business software and cash advances. The company also has plans to add 200 people to its team in the coming year.

CEO of Yoco, Katlego Maphai

CEO of Yoco, Katlego Maphai

“Working so closely with small businesses during a global pandemic, and in particular through a challenging socio-economic environment in South Africa, we have a firsthand account of how agile these businesses need to be in a rapidly changing world.

 

Removing barriers and levelling the playing field by creating access to financial tools is a big part of answering these challenges,”

CEO of Yoco Katlego Maphai said.

 

Maphai added that the investment would enable the company to accelerate product development and continue its growth trajectory. Yoco processes over US$1 billion in card payments every year, and provides its services to more than 150,000 small businesses in South Africa.

There are 100 million MSMEs in Africa, and consumer payments are expected to surpass the US$2 trillion mark by 2025. At the same time, only 5% of these transactions are digitised, which is where fintechs such as Yoco come in. Other players in this space include MoneyMatrix, PayGate, Netcash and Peach Payments.

 

Featured image credit: Yoco

 

 

 

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