Darlene Menzies

Over the past ten years, Menzies has developed practical, easy-to-use software solutions for the startup and small business market. Some of these include the award-winning online accounting system SMEasy, currently being rolled out in Africa by MTN; and Finfind, an online access to finance solution for SMMEs which is supported by the Department of Small Business Development, USAID and Business Leadership South Africa. Menzies has successfully raised early-stage funding from eight venture capital companies for her technology innovations. 

Menzies is the winner of the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Top 6 Female Tech Entrepreneurs in Africa and has also won a South Africa Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year Award. One of her Fintech innovations won the Country Award for Best Business Product at the 2013 World Summit Awards. Menzies was a top five Finalist for South Africa ICT Person of the Year alongside the MD’s of EOH and Microsoft SA and has been recognised by Zurich-based STARS Group as a future Global Leader. 

Menzies believes that business should play a leading role in the fight against poverty in Africa. Locally, she works alongside Government and Corporate South Africa to combat youth unemployment and promote small business development in the country. Her personal motto is “to live an extraordinary life you must resist an ordinary approach”. Menzies is a radio spokesperson for the SME sector and is quoted in the national press on matters of entrepreneurship and small business development.