Point of sale payments company, Yoco is one of the fastest growing companies on the African continent. Recently, the company announced that it had received $16m in a fundraising round, which it quickly followed with another announcement: Yoco was launching Yoco Capital - a truly innovative initiative which allows Yoco to award its merchants with a cash advance based on their sales history using Yoco card machines. Now, for the first time at Bandwidth Barn, Khayelitsha, the enigmatic founder Katlego Maphai, will tell the story of how a humble group of four African friends started and scaled a truly inspiring African finch company.
Katlego Maphai is the co-founder and CEO of Yoco, a South Africa-based fintech company that builds tools and services, such as the company’s mobile point-of-sale platform and card reader, to help small businesses accept card payments. Katlego has spoken at Heavy Chef twice before. The first time was in early 2017, when he shared the stage with Andrew Watkins-Ball, CEO of JUMO, which is in a neck and neck race with Yoco to become South Africa’s first ‘unicorn’. The second time was to celebrate being nominated by the Heavy Chef community as one of the top five most exciting startups in South Africa, in December 2017. Watch Katlego being interviewed by Heavy Chef anchor, Caley van der Kolk, below: