Philip Belamant


Founder and CEO

Philip Belamant is the CEO & Co-Founder of Zilch, Europe’s fastest-ever company to go from launch to unicorn status in 14 months from launch while latterly also becoming gross profitable and reaching over 3 million customers in just 24 months, 2-3 years faster than the average unicorn peer. 
Philip graduated Cum Laude from RAU University in South Africa, where he completed both BscIT and BscIT Honors degrees. Before starting Zilch, he founded fintech companies in developing economies utilising technology that always set out to change the lives of people, including mobile payment services in multiple countries and building a leading fintech company in Africa. More recently in 2022, Philip was named as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year, a prestigious and globally recognised accolade. In 2021, he also won the UK’s Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Zilch was recognised with Scale Up Company of 2021 at the same annual awards.

Come and see Philip Belamant speak at the AltFi Buy Now, Pay Later Forum 2023 on 16th March 2023

Event Sessions Featuring Philip Belamant


The Buy Now Pay Later Boom & What It Means For Lenders

AltFi Lending Forum 2021 - Thursday 4 November 2021


Articles Featuring Philip Belamant

All the fintechs that turned profitable in 2022

19th January 2023 | Amelia Isaacs

Zilch hits 3m users in 24 months

3rd November 2022 | Amelia Isaacs

Meet the UK’s 26 fintech unicorns

15th August 2022 | Amelia Isaacs

Klarna hits 150 million users

20th May 2022 | Amelia Isaacs

Zilch doubles customers to 2 million in six months

18th March 2022 | John Reynolds

BNPL provider Zilch marks one millionth customer 

30th September 2021 | Aisling Finn