Odoo, a Belgium company that builds business solutions for eCommerce, accounting and inventory has been slowly making its presence felt within the Kenyan tech ecosystem. The company has chosen Nairobi for its African headquarters.
“It was very important for us to open this new office and 2022 was the year to do it. We wanted to be closer to our customers and address them locally, with local talents, which is something we cannot achieve from afar,” says Fabien Pinckaers, CEO & Founder of Odoo.
The company’s suite of business applications is used by more than 7.5 million users worldwide. It hopes that its products will expand available solutions for the growing number of SMEs in the region.
“Digitization cannot be ignored anymore. Today an SME in Nairobi or Abidjan faces the same challenges as one in Sydney, Madrid, or Mexico in terms of efficiency gains. ”, explains Patrick Lukusa, director of Odoo KE LTD.
The tech company introduced several new features on its platform including; eCommerce acquirer accepting payments methods such as credit cards, debit cards, mobile money (Mpesa, Airtel, MTN, etc) throughout Africa, the Kenyan Payroll, and the KRA TIMS integration (upcoming).
“We want to equip these SMEs with a modern, fully integrated suite of business applications that can address their needs at a reasonable cost and boost their competitiveness,” Lusaka said.
Nairobi is a digital hub where everything from novice ideas to experimental products and go-getter entrepreneurs simmers under the sun of the city. It’s a huge melting pot of hits and misses, profits and losses. As a fast-growing regional hub. opportunities come in different versions.
It’s not surprising that so many technology companies are setting up operations in the country’s capital. Its strategic position within the East African region, friendly policies and enthusiastic people are just a few factors encouraging companies to set base here.
The new Odoo offices, the firm says will be located at Chiromo Lane, Westlands.