Kiaan Pillay

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Kiaan Pillay is the CEO & co-founder of Stitch, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

A former developer, Kiaan spent his career building API startups in Africa, including Root, a bank account for developers, and Smile Identity, a pan-African identity verification company. While working on a peer-to-peer payments app, he saw firsthand the challenges fintech innovators face due to outdated financial infrastructure across the continent. This understanding inspired him to launch Stitch in early 2021, an API fintech startup that aims to make it easier for businesses and developers in Africa to build and scale innovative fintech products.