December 1, 2023

We not too long ago launched a brand new initiative, the Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund, offering greater than R8,000,000 in funding globally to our small enterprise clients in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, Canada and the US. We acquired an enormous variety of purposes from a various vary of Xero clients, all doing wonderful issues.

There have been 28 winners general, together with 4 South African winners who had been recognised for finest demonstrating, in a 90 second video, how they might use the funding to help their future enterprise objectives in one in every of 4 classes – Innovating for sustainability, Strengthening group connection, Trailblazing with know-how and Upskilling for the longer term.

As a choose I used to be blown away by the entries. I’m always impressed by the optimism and ambition of the self-made companies which are on the coronary heart of the South African financial system. I’m excited to share the 4 winners for South Africa:

Innovating for sustainability: Constantia Meals Membership

Constantia Food Club is a meals shopping for membership that connects small native growers and producers straight with clients in Cape City. Constantia Meals Membership goals to help native regenerative farmers to assist scale back biodiversity loss, promote sustainable meals manufacturing and create a decentralised meals system. They plan to make use of the fund to assist construct a brand new clubhouse, the place they will serve extra clients and supply extra help to growers and their native atmosphere.

The 4 South African winners will every obtain R250,000 in funding. Constantia Meals Membership additionally gained a worldwide prize of a further R545,000, for a complete of R795,000 in funding

“It’s been inspiring to see how our work is connecting extra households with small meals producers and farmers, and making a more healthy, extra sustainable meals system. This funding from Xero will assist us develop not solely our personal operations but in addition these of the Meals Membership community — unlocking exponential change. We’re so excited to pursue this subsequent stage in our enterprise,” – Courtney Atkinson, Co-founder of Constantia Meals Membership

Strengthening group connection: Oranjezicht Metropolis Farm Market

The Oranjezicht City Farm Market in Cape City connects small-scale natural farmers and meals producers to hundreds of shoppers. Their imaginative and prescient is to help small-scale natural farmers to promote direct to clients, enabling folks nationwide to eat wholesome, nutritious meals. By empowering and serving to natural farmers – they nurture their very own provide chain on the Market, and help regenerative agriculture that works for the planet and the well being of communities. 

A webinar sequence was designed to fulfill the data hole associated to establishing and internet hosting farmers markets. The Xero funding will allow the event of a ‘how-to information’ to beginning a farmers market as a web-based device for supporting the emergence of farmers markets in communities throughout South Africa. 

“It’s an immense privilege to be recognised for the onerous work and dedication that our staff has put into making a optimistic influence in our personal group and this recognition solely motivates us to do extra. Being a Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund winner is not only a victory for our personal enterprise but in addition a big milestone for hundreds of natural farmers across the nation. It signifies that we can share the data and insights we’ve gained by way of our expertise, contributing to the expansion of farmers markets nationwide and additional strengthening the connection between farmers and customers.” – Sheryl Ozinsky, Co-founder, Oranjezicht Metropolis Farm Market

Trailblazing with know-how: Mygrow

Mygrow gives a software program resolution primarily based on neuroscience that builds emotional intelligence in staff, psychologically reconfiguring groups for optimum efficiency. They’ll use the Xero funding to hurry up the evolution of their AI functionalities to help in growing, measuring and monitoring emotion-based soft-skills. It will assist them extra successfully ship on their imaginative and prescient of constructing an emotionally clever world.

“Thanks Xero for the vote of confidence that this award means to us all at Mygrow. We’re humbled by your willingness to return alongside us in our mission, and grateful. At Mygrow we dream of a future the place all human beings profit from the outcomes of elevated emotional intelligence, and what that unlocks in {our relationships} – however we are going to by no means realise that mission with out the assistance of companions like Xero. Thanks for believing in us.” – Theran Knighton-Fitt, Co-founder, Mygrow

Upskilling for the longer term: Curate

Curate is reshaping the panorama of pictures and videography content material creation utilizing a technology-enabled platform that connects content material creators and purchasers. The Xero funding will assist them present tools, coaching workshops and academic materials by way of a extra automated know-how platform, offering creatives with assets to upskill and higher execute tasks.

“The Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund gives us with the chance so as to add extra content material creators from completely different areas to our platform, which additionally improves the general expertise for our purchasers.  Extra happy purchasers result in extra tasks by way of the platform, which is able to enable us so as to add much more content material creators in future,” – Juan Steyn, CEO, Curate

The winners have proven an unimaginable ardour and tenacity that’s behind so many small companies in South Africa. We’re honoured to have the ability to assist these small companies unlock the following stage of progress. That is what we’re enthusiastic about at Xero – working collectively to assist small companies discover their potential, contribute extra to their communities, and assist drive the financial system ahead.

Thanks to all those that performed a task in making our inaugural Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund so successful. You could find out extra concerning the Fund and the opposite winners right here.