SA recruitment startup Britecap wins SAP pitching competition


South African recruitment startup Britecap was named winner of the pitching challenge at the recent SAP [email protected] Africa event in Cape Town, winning a three-month membership of the Rise space in Woodstock and a MacBook Pro.

Disrupt Africa reported last month SAP Africa has partnered Rise Cape Town, the Barclays innovation initiative in Africa, to launch a fintech startup pitching competition as part of the SAP StartUp Focus.

Britecap, a platform that helps the low and medium skilled labour be more discoverable by potential employers with the aim of integrating financial products and services, was named the overall winner, beating off competition from the likes of online investment startup Beta Wealth, travel service FOMO Travel, AI startup Revel8, and agri-tech solution Zazu.

“Being part of the Barclays Rise community allows us to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs, potential partners and mentors on a daily basis,” Britecap co-founder Jacomien Van der Merwe told Disrupt Africa.
“It is very valuable and encouraging to not only validate our company and the services we offer with our clients, but also in the public eye in front of industry experts. This event at Rise enabled us to broaden our network, connecting us with potential VC leads, but more importantly with prospective clients and partners.”
“Rise Cape Town has partnered with SAP as we share a vision to bring startups and corporates together to solve some of the biggest challenges facing financial service,” said Camilla Swart, ecosystems manager of Rise Cape Town.

Britecap has developed verification and on-boarding features it hopes will make those in the low and medium skilled labour market more discoverable for new employment, having launched its MVP – an employer-employee connection platform – in January of this year.

Van der Merwe said Britecap has signed up its first three paying employer clients, who are using its automated on-boarding features, making them instantly labour compliant when on-boarding a new employee.


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