About Us

About us

The name Kopo Kopo was derived from kobboh kobboh, the Krio word for money.

We owe our name to a pilot project done in Sierra Leone by our founders. From their learnings in Sierra Leone and Kenya in early 2011, they were inspired to create a world-class platform to enable small and medium businesses to accept mobile payments and build relationships with their customers.

Kopo Kopo was launched on 2012 where we partnered with Safaricom to bring Lipa na M-PESA Buy Goods service to small and medium businesses throughout Kenya and, today, we serve thousands of businesses from salons to restaurants to office supply stores, to schools.

We have since partnered with other aggregator and mobile money partners with the ultimate goal of helping businesses leverage mobile payments. We are grateful for our unusual journey and look forward to helping our merchants in growing and prosper in the years ahead.

At Kopo Kopo, we offer market-appropriate solutions to enable and incentivize businesses to go digital. We partner with financial institutions, mobile operators and major retailers who are interested in marketing new payment services to small and medium enterprises. Kopo Kopo is dedicated to re-focusing the market on SMEs.

We operate in multiple emerging markets where our partners are growing their networks using our solutions.

In East Africa, for example, we have partnered with Kenya’s Safaricom to drive merchant acceptance via the “Lipa na M-PESA” service.

Kopo Kopo has designed a robust payment platform that has various functionalities and value additions which have been segmented into products with the aim of positioning them in various market verticals.

F . A . I . R

Fun

We love what we do and it shows, whether playing foosball with the team or designing features with our customers.

Agile

We listen, iterate, measure, and listen again. Our business is built to move fast, with purpose.

Innovative

We push the frontiers of everything we do, from technology to design.

Responsible

We hold ourselves accountable to our customers, our employees, our shareholders, and our world.

Our investors

Bamboo Finance

Bamboo Finance is a commercial investment firm managing 250M USD representing a unique portfolio of direct investments around the world with offices in Bogota, Singapore, San Francisco, Luxembourg and Geneva. Bamboo specializes in the financing of entrepreneurship globally. We use a market-oriented approach to deliver social value environmental value and financial returns to investors.

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Khosla Impact Fund

Khosla Impact is a venture capital fund, founded by Vinod Khosla, that invests in world-class entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving challenging, often intractable socio-economic problems through careful application of science, technology, and design or through creative business models. The Fund invests in for-profit, private enterprises serving the 3 billion people at the bottom half of the world’s economic pyramid: low-income laborers, farmers and families, as well as small businesses in emerging markets.

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Accion Venture Lab

Venture Lab is an investment initiative that provides patient seed capital and support to innovative financial inclusion start-ups, fostering perimentation and promoting business models that improve financial access for people living in poverty worldwide.

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Javelin Venture Partners

Javelin Venture Partners is a San Francisco-based firm, with investments throughout the world. Javelin VP invests in early-stage tech companies with focus on cloud, big data, enterprise software, SaaS, e-commerce, mobile, health/wellness and digital media.

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