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SA fintech Ozow raises R760m in a Series B funding round

Ozow has raised $48m (R760m) in a Series B funding round that was led by internet technology company Tencent. The investment round also included Endeavor Catalyst and Endeavor Harvest Fund. Notably, Endeavor Catalyst’s investment committee approval was chaired by a partner of Greylock, and co-founder and former executive chairman of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman.

The latest fundraising will support Ozow’s efforts to transform the banking ecosystem and create greater financial access for the underbanked.

From QR codes, point of sale, e-commerce, e-billing, peer-to-peer payments, and everything in between, the company has been focused on creating more accessible ways for South Africa’s 47 million bank account holders to transact more conveniently. The company works with major retailers, including MTN, Vodacom, the Shoprite Group, Takealot, and Uber.

Thomas Pays, CEO and co-founder of Ozow, says that he is excited about the partnerships that have been formed with its new investors.

“It’s an honour to bring on board Tencent, Endeavor Catalyst and Endeavor Harvest Fund. This is a validation of our role in transforming the banking industry through the development of innovative, convenient, and more inclusive payment solutions for everyone.”

Since Ozow’s Series A funding round held in June 2019, the company has seen a 100% year-on-year growth of its business.

Ozow has scaled rapidly to process over $100m in transaction volumes monthly across a network of thousands of merchants. The company continues to see increased growth in its user base, with more than 120,000 users joining the platform each month.

Pays says that the Series B funding round will enable the company’s growth plans and regional expansion in Africa.

“We’re also heavily focused on expanding our product offering. This will largely be driven through the development of new products, as well as a strong focus on strategic investments that include mergers and acquisitions.”

“Our mission has always been to develop innovative payment solutions that enable millions of businesses and consumers to participate in our growing digital economy. We’re excited about this next step in our journey, as it will mean that we will be able to impact so many more lives across the continent,” says Pays.

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