Darlene Menzies (FinFind)

About this event

Darlene Menzies is the Founder & CEO of FinFind, Founder of SMEasy Business Software and the Founder & of The Development House. FinFind is an an innovative South African platform which connects lenders and entrepreneurs. The company is a digital offering for the SME sector and the only aggregator of all loan offerings in the country. Darlene has been selected by the World Economic Forum as the continent’s top female entrepreneur. She also won the South African Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year Award

FinFind aims to remove a major bottleneck to Africa's growth: helping SMEs and start-ups secure financing. By explaining and aggregating all sources of SME finance, the company has been able to improve entrepreneurs' access to vital capital and help lenders identify a pipeline of quality loan leads. Finfind has over 200 lenders and over 350 loan products available to SMEs and each lender's listing and their loan product information is kept up to date on a daily basis. 

The online platform says it is fortunate to enjoy the ongoing support of USAID as well as its partners Business Leadership South Africa and the Banking Association of SA. The Company has also Partnered with MTN Business and recently secured a large investment from Kingson Capital. The equity investment sees Kingson securing a 30% black-owned stake

After a decade in the corporate ICT sector at ABSA and Business Connexion, Menzies took the entrepreneurial leap launching the highly successful The Development House (TDH) in April 2004. uplift under-developed and non-profit organisations by linking them with the developed commercial world of system solution excellence, has been recognised internationally for its highly innovative business solutions

One of the products the company has developed is SMEasy, an accounting and business management system for small businesses that is expressly designed for entrepreneurs who know nothing about accounting. SMEasy won the 2010 National Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year Award.”

FinFind aims to remove a major bottleneck to Africa's growth: helping SMEs and start-ups secure financing. By explaining and aggregating all sources of SME finance, the company has been able to improve entrepreneurs' access to vital capital and help lenders identify a pipeline of quality loan leads

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When

Thursday, May 25
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (SAST)

Where

Pavillion Hotel Durban
15 Old Ford Road (KE Masinga) Durban4001

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