The Cape Talk and Sage One Small Business Awards

We’re still pinching ourselves! Our mission at Yoco is to help grow small businesses.  This is why winning this award means so much to us as it has provided us with a platform to further our purpose. A huge thank you to everyone for their support, particularly the 3000+ #YocoFamily members who use Yoco to accept card payments and run their businesses.

The awards

The annual Cape Talk Small Business Awards (sponsored by Sage One) are all about celebrating entrepreneurs, particularly those that are growing sustainably and serving their communities.

“For us, the Small Business Awards are all about giving a voice to smaller businesses that are the backbone of our economy – we believe that companies like Yoco deserve a platform to tell their story.” – Steven Cohen, Head of Sage One International (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia).

After being nominated by the public, 30 of the most spirited entrepreneurs in the Western Cape were invited to pitch their business concept at a speed dating style event. Of these, 6 finalists were selected and attended the final pitching session before the judges had to make their incredibly difficult decision.

“We are honoured to have won this award and thank our clients for nominating us. Our purpose is to empower the growth of entrepreneurial businesses, by reducing the complexity of accepting card payments and tracking sales – we are pleased to be recognised in an award that also seeks to grow South Africa’s small business sector.” – Katlego Maphai, CEO of Yoco

Find out more and hear Katlego’s interview on Cape Talk here.

The finalists

The competition amongst the top 30 was stiff, with innovative entrepreneurs showcasing true talent, passion and drive. The finalists alongside us in the top 6 were:

  • YARD (runner up): Founded by Megan Eloff, YARD is a collective of eateries that combines great food with a unique experience. Think famous burgers, speciality craft beer and a down to earth, friendly atmosphere. YARD was one of the very first businesses to accept payments with Yoco and have been transacting since early 2015.
  • Cape Canopy Tour (runner up): If you’re looking for adventure look no further than Cape Canopy Tours. Ryan Larkman started the zipline canopy tour business in the beautiful Elgin Valley which gives thrill-seekers a unique view of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. Trained guides also accompany each tour to provide information on the World Heritage Site.
  • Domestly: Co-founders Thatoyoana Marumo and Berno Potgieters opened Domestly, their on-demand cleaning service, a year ago. The innovative model creates job opportunities for cleaning professionals and makes housekeeping more affordable for consumers using the online platform.
  • My Place Gourmet Group: Kyle Dods started the My Place Gourmet group as a holding company that develops product specific food stalls which each specialise in one food product. So far he has 2 tasty retail brands, Sovlaking Delicious and The Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar. Kyle uses Yoco to accept payments at his markets – you can read more about his experience and his advice for fellow entrepreneurs here.
  • MIES Body Products: Marlese Kapp, founder of MIES Body Products, has a passion for using all natural ingredients to create luxurious body products. The entire range is handmade and beautifully packaged. Marlese and the team are empowering the community by using local ingredients and packaging and teaching women new skills.

See a full list of all finalists here.

“We’re so proud to be a part of the journeys of these business, and extend a warm congratulations to the finalists who are already part of the #YocoFamily, especially the runners-up, The YARD and Cape Canopy Tours.” – Katlego Maphai

Catch the highlights of the evening in this recap video:

If you’d like to join these and other successful businesses in the #YocoFamily, you can sign up and purchase your card reader at www.yoco.co.za/sign-up.

About the author: Robyn

RobynRobyn - Social media and community manager

When you’re engaging with Yoco on social media, Robyn is the girl you’re talking to. She loves learning from our community and seeing small businesses thrive. In her spare time you’ll find her off hiking in some forest, curled up with a book or singing karaoke (badly).

After graduating with a B.Bus Sci degree from UCT, she found Yoco and jumped in head first. She now manages Yoco’s social media profiles and online community, and writes an article or two for the blog.

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