Floatpays is an on-demand wage access platform that helps employees access, spend, save and manage their money. The problem we are solving is that more than 75% of the 12 million employed South African’s run out of money before the end of the month, 52% of those end up borrowing money to survive. Informal lending is the only option for most borrowers, with interest rates anywhere between 30-50%. The story is the same in most African countries where payday/micro-lending has become the norm amongst lower-income earners. Our app features include financial education, a budget planning tool, cash access, and voucher purchases all from wages earned but unpaid. We are currently working on a savings product to promote long-term financial resilience. We launched our product in South Africa in July 2020 and plan to extend our reach into additional African countries in 2022 and beyond.
I am a passionate technologist and product builder. I get my energy from building products that disrupt existing markets and make a positive impact on how we live our lives. My experience includes 20 years as an entrepreneur and business leader in the fintech and eCommerce business verticals. I have worked globally and been fortunate enough to be part of a few business exits along the way. Brands include Play.com, Rakuten, Moonpig.com, Photobox.com, and Prodigy Finance.