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Helping South Africa’s small businesses go global

Posted 7 months ago in Small business by Colin Timmis
Posted by Colin Timmis

South Africa is humming with entrepreneurial energy. You can hear it hustling on the streets, feel it brewing in coffee shops, and see it in the growing number of start-ups successfully establishing themselves countrywide.

Local success is great. But once that box is ticked, how about taking on the world?

Xero South Africa is helping the country’s businesses go global. Through our technology trade routes and fast-growing add-on partner community, start-ups can more easily connect with new markets across the world. As a result, local companies such as on-demand business performance reporting add-on, Syft, and MyCashFlowApp – which provides real-time cash flow forecasting – are busy winning international clients as we speak.  

What’s more, global businesses like Receipt Bank, Spotlight Reporting and Practice Ignition have now set up shop in South Africa, providing even more opportunities for our entrepreneurs.  

Marching to the same beat

Xero is committed to championing South Africa’s small business community – a mission also shared by Wesgro, The Official Trade & Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. Boasting one of the largest tech ecosystems out there, Xero and Wesgro are thrilled to showcase and share with the rest of the world the exciting start-ups to emerge from Cape Town’s innovative tech hub.

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with Xero, helping the team support African startups looking to expand into global markets. Xero app partners benefit from being able to access millions of customers around the world. We are extremely excited at the prospect of introducing Capetonian entrepreneurs to global markets through the assistance of Xero’s business platforms,” commented Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO.

Can you crack our Hackathon?

It really does pay to be a Xero App – just look at Syft and MyCashFlowApp. So, if you’re a tech-savvy South African entrepreneur with a great business venture to promote, then why not enter XDHax Developer Challenge 2018? Xero launched the virtual hackathon with Amazon Web Services and winners to-date have all enjoyed an instant global business presence. You get to build an awesome new app using the cloud to sit within Xero’s marketplace of over 600 apps. If you win, your app will be seen by our 1.4million international customers. Oh, and we’ll give you R62,720 to top it off. So, if you think you’ve got what it takes, get building!

Xero is helping South Africa’s small businesses to think big and go global. Through Xero’s growing trade routes, ambitious start-ups can scale globally – and enjoy lots of rewards with fewer risks. Put your South African start-up on the map with Xero and join the XDHax today!

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