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Pargo Wins Founder of The Year at South Africa Startup Awards

Pargo’s co-founders Derk Hoekert and Lars Veul won Founder of The Year at the South African leg of the 2019 Global Startup Awards. The two leaders in smart logistics solutions will represent SA at the grand finale of the 2019 regional Southern Africa Startup Awards in November.

Over 800 South African nominees were acknowledged for their mission in accelerating South African ingenuity – with the goal of growing the African economy through innovative solutions.

The Founder of The Year award celebrates tech-startup founders that have shown notable achievement over the last year in terms of great customer growth, sales, funds raised, uniqueness, impact of the service, and leadership in the startup ecosystem.
 
 
4 Milestones Highlighting Pargo’s Success in 2019

The judges reflected on the progress of Pargo thus far – highlighting four milestones from 2019 that contributed to procuring the dignified award.
  1. A 243% spike in orders within the first 6 months of 2019 – solidifying the demand for Pargo’s customer-centric, last-mile delivery solutions.
  2. The establishment of over 2500 Pargo Pick-up Points that bring their customers convenient access to online shopping every day.
  3. The introduction of cross-border deliveries, and the requisite expansion of their Pick-up Points network to neighbouring Southern African Countries – which include Lesotho, eSwatini, Namibia and Botswana.
  4. Doubling in new clients who see the benefit of offering Pargo’s services to their audiences – and who strive to better the African eCommerce terrain.
 
Continuing the Push in Creating Access for All

Serial Social Entrepreneur and CEO of the SASAwards, McKevin Ayaba made it a point to highlight that the awards ceremony was more than just an event. He claimed it to be a movement that contributes to the development of the Startup Ecosystem in Africa.

Pargo co-founder Lars Veul shares Ayaba’s sentiments: “We are honoured to be recognised as a trailblazer within the South African startup sector. We push to perform at a calibre that not only strives for the development of Africa, but also for the continued pursual of creating access for all Africans.”