When two recently qualified Chartered Accountants Louw Barnardt CA(SA) and Dana Pretorius CA(SA) entered the workspace in 2013, they realised that there was a huge gap for startups and scaling businesses. Rather than going straight into jobs at a corporate level, they dug deep and started a very small two-man show called Outsourced CFO. Six months later Jacques Le Granges CA(SA), (who also completed his articles with Louw and Dana at Baker Tilly Greenwoods) joined the team as the third director.

Since then, huge amounts of growth have happened. With just under 30 staff members, Outsourced CFO has grown beyond what Louw, Dana or Jacques could have imagined. On this journey, they have received several accolades.


Louw Barnardt

Louw Barnardt, CA(SA) is the Managing Director at Outsourced CFO. He is the current Sanlam/Business Partners Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Louw is the youngest entrepreneur on SAICA’s 2015 Top 35 under 35 CAs in South Africa and forms part of the Fast Company Most Productive People in SA  and previously the Top 20 under 30 and the Westerwelle Foundation’s Young Founders Alumni. Louw was also a finalist for the Young Professional of the Year at the SA Professional Services Awards.


Dana Pretorius

Dana Pretorius CA(SA) is the Co-founder of Outsourced CFO. He did his Chartered Accounting articles at Baker Tilly Greenwood where he developed a passion for SMEs. In 2018, Dana was selected as one of a dozen financial services innovators from across South Africa to join Investec on a financial services innovation trip to Singapore to meet the ecosystem players and learn how they operate in the industry that side.


Jacques Le Granges

Jacques Le Granges CA(SA) is a Co-Founder of Outsourced CFO. He did his Chartered Accounting articles at Baker Tilly Greenwood where he developed a passion for automation and helping SMEs scaleup through leveraging the power of automation. Jacques has been instrumental in our ongoing process of OCFO achieving Xero Gold Status. We are proud to be Xero Champions.


Outsourced CFO Awards


Outsourced CFO is a multi-award winning financial management consultancy. OCFO was named one of the Fast Company Most Innovative Companies in South Africa in 2017 and again in 2019. Outsourced CFO was also listed as one of the top two emerging companies in the Western Cape at the Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards 2016.

We are founding members of Invest Africa Cape Town chapter, part of EO Accelerator’s Cape Town cohort and alumni of the Westerwelle Foundation’s Young Founders Program. Our top 40 clients have raised more than R500 Million from different forms of investors.


Final Thoughts

The entrepreneurial journey is not an easy one. It is filled with many highs and lows, but helping companies to scale up is what we love to do. We are passionate about growing the ecosystem and creating a space for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Here’s to many more highlights to come!