South African payments startup Yoco raises USD 16 mln

Friday 7 September 2018 13:58 CET | News

South Africa-based fintech startup Yoco has raised USD 16 million from international and local investors in a private funding round to scale its business.

Yoco offers a card reader and app that allow users to turn smartphones into payment terminals and targets small businesses that do not accept cards.

Currently, only 7% of South African small businesses accept card payments despite a card penetration rate of 75% percent, according to Reuters. The company has a base of more than 27,000 small businesses, 75% of which had never accepted cards previously.

Investors in the funding round included venture capital companies Partech, Orange Digital Ventures, the Dutch Development Bank and South Africa’s FutureGrowth.

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Keywords: South Africa, payments , startup, Yoco, card, fintech
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