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Africa Roundup: Nigerian fintech gets $360M, mints unicorn, draws Chinese VC

Africa Roundup: Nigerian fintech gets 0M, mints unicorn, draws Chinese VC November 2019 could mark when Nigeria (arguably) became Africa’s unofficial capital for fintech investment and digital finance startups. The month saw $360 million invested in Nigerian focused payment ventures. That is equivalent to roughly one-third of all the startup VC raised […]

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Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups

Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Airbnb’s issues. Before that, I noted […]

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Sim Shagaya’s uLesson African edtech startup raises $3.1M

Sim Shagaya’s uLesson African edtech startup raises .1M Nigerian founder Sim Shagaya is back with a new startup —  uLesson — that has raised a $3.1 million seed round led by TLcom Capital. The venture is integrating mobile platforms, SD cards, culture-specific curriculum and a network of tutors to bridge educational gaps […]

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Earth is headed for its second warmest year in recorded history (the record was three years ago)

Earth is headed for its second warmest year in recorded history (the record was three years ago) Data from the U.S. government sure seems to indicate that the Earth is warming (despite what the current leadership may say). Apparently, the globe just experienced the second-hottest October ever recorded and is on track […]

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Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains $120M from Chinese investors

Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains 0M from Chinese investors Africa focused fintech startup OPay has raised a $120 million Series B round backed by Chinese investors. Located in Lagos and founded by consumer internet company Opera, OPay will use the funds to scale in Nigeria and expand its payments product to […]

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PalmPay launches in Nigeria on $40M round led by China’s Transsion

PalmPay launches in Nigeria on M round led by China’s Transsion Africa focused payment startup PalmPay has launched in Nigeria after raising a $40 million seed-round led by Chinese mobile-phone maker Transsion. The investment came via Transsion’s Tecno subsidiary, with participation from China’s NetEase and Taiwanese wireless comms hardware firm Mediatek — […]

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Chaka opens up global investing to Africa’s most populous nation

Chaka opens up global investing to Africa’s most populous nation Fintech startup Chaka aims to open up online investingd to Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. The seed-stage company recently went live with its mobile-based platform that offers Nigerians stock trading in over 40 countries. Chaka positions itself as a passport to local […]

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Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries

Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries Senegalese startup NIMA Codes — a digital mapping service for locations without formal addresses  —  has upgraded its app and plans to go live in 15 African countries in 2020. The pre-seed stage startup launched in 2018 around an API that […]

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Africa Roundup: Goldman leads $30M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry

Africa Roundup: Goldman leads M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry Kenya’s Twiga Foods raised a total of $30 million in October from lenders and investors led by Goldman Sachs. This adds to the list of African startups the U.S. financial firm has backed, including e-commerce venture Jumia and South […]

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Revisiting Jumia’s JForce scandal and Citron’s short-sell claims

Revisiting Jumia’s JForce scandal and Citron’s short-sell claims In advance of Jumia’s November financial reporting, it’s worth revisiting the company’s second quarter results, the downside of which included some negative news beyond losses. The Africa focused e-commerce company — with online verticals in 14 countries — did post second-quarter revenue growth of […]

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