The Vumela Fund, established by FNB Business and Edge Growth, has announced an equity investment into Inoxico.

Inoxico is a tech company that uses trade credit analytics to help companies grow with their business customers.

Trade credit (offering products on credit terms to business customers) is the most important and prevalent form of growth capital in developing economies and yet there is a severe lack of information to so companies often struggle to collect from their customers and find their cashflow negatively impacted.

Inoxico, through its application of tech and analytics, is able to source data and develop predictive models that enable better trade credit decisions that support our client’s growth. Inoxico is a supplier to the FirstRand group.

With an inherently highly scalable business model, the Vumela Fund sees the investment as an opportunity to create positive social impact through increased financial inclusion in Africa.

“Edge has been engaging with Inoxico over several years and following their progress closely, so we are delighted to finally have the opportunity to back this great company on its next growth journey. Dom, Andre and the team have done an incredible job re-shaping the business in recent years and we believe Inoxico is now poised for significant growth in South Africa and into Africa,” says Richard Rose, portfolio head of Vumela Fund.

FNB has also supported Inoxico by placing it on the 10XE accelerator programme. While on the programme Inoxico refocused its growth strategy prior to Covid-19, which delivered better than expected results in 2020. With Vumela aiding growth, Inoxico is well-positioned for expansion in 2021 and beyond.

“The investment by Vumela is a key milestone in our growth path,” says Dominique Pitot, Inoxico CEO. “This investment and the additional benefits of partnering with Vumela gives us the best possible start to 2021 as we focus all of our efforts on the next phase of our strategy implementation. We are very grateful to the team at Edge Growth, Vumela’s Fund Manager, and look forward to the promising years ahead.”

“Supporting Inoxico in establishing itself as a recognised credit analytics provider in Africa and beyond is likely to improve financial inclusion and access to credit for these underlying African businesses. That’s the heartbeat of Vumela – to alleviate poverty by the creation of jobs through supporting the growth of SMEs,” says Heather Lowe, SME development head for FNB Business.