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Opera and the firm short-selling its stock (alleging Africa fintech abuses) weigh in

Opera and the firm short-selling its stock (alleging Africa fintech abuses) weigh in Internet services company Opera has come under a short-sell assault based on allegations of predatory lending practices by its fintech products in Africa. Hindenburg Research issued a report claiming (among other things) that Opera’s finance products in Nigeria and […]

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Nigeria’s Paga acquires Apposit, confirms Mexico and Ethiopia expansion

Nigeria’s Paga acquires Apposit, confirms Mexico and Ethiopia expansion Nigerian digital payments startup Paga has acquired Apposit, a software development company based in Ethiopia, for an undisclosed amount. That’s just part of Paga’s news. The Lagos based startup will also launch its payment products in Mexico this year and in Ethiopia imminently, CEO […]

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African fintech firm Flutterwave raises $35M, partners with Worldpay

African fintech firm Flutterwave raises M, partners with Worldpay San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has raised a $35 million Series B round and announced a partnership with Worldpay FIS for payments in Africa. With the funding, Flutterwave will invest in technology and business development to grow market share in existing operating countries, […]

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Catalyst Fund gets $15M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups

Catalyst Fund gets M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups The Catalyst Fund has gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid and will back 30 fintech startups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. The Boston based accelerator […]

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What we know (and don’t) about Goldman Sachs’ Africa VC investing

What we know (and don’t) about Goldman Sachs’ Africa VC investing Goldman Sachs is investing in African tech companies. The venerable American investment bank and financial services firm has backed startups from Kenya to Nigeria and taken a significant stake in e-commerce venture Jumia, which listed on the NYSE in 2019. Though […]

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Bolt raises €50M in venture debt from the EU to expand its ride-hailing business

Bolt raises €50M in venture debt from the EU to expand its ride-hailing business Bolt, the billion-dollar startup out of Estonia that’s building a ride-hailing, scooter and food delivery business across Europe and Africa, has picked up a tranche of funding in its bid to take on Uber and the rest in […]

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Jumia, DHL, and Alibaba will face off in African ecommerce 2.0

Jumia, DHL, and Alibaba will face off in African ecommerce 2.0 The business of selling consumer goods and services online is a relatively young endeavor across Africa, but ecommerce is set to boom. Over the last eight years, the sector has seen its first phase of big VC fundings, startup duels and […]

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2019 Africa Roundup: Jumia IPOs, China goes digital, Nigeria becomes fintech capital

2019 Africa Roundup: Jumia IPOs, China goes digital, Nigeria becomes fintech capital 2019 brought more global attention to Africa’s tech scene than perhaps any previous year. A high profile IPO, visits by both Jacks (Ma and Dorsey), and big Chinese startup investment energized that. The last 12 months served as a grande […]

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Nigeria’s Rensource raises $20M to power African markets by solar

Nigeria’s Rensource raises M to power African markets by solar Nigerian startup Rensource Energy has raised a $20 million Series A round co-led by CRE Venture Capital and the Omidyar network. The renewable energy company builds and operates solar powered micro-utilities that provide electricity to commercial community structures, such as open-air trading […]

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Payment startup Chipper Cash raises $6M for Southern Africa expansion

Payment startup Chipper Cash raises M for Southern Africa expansion African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $6 million seed-round led by Deciens Capital. The San Francisco-based company offers mobile-based, no fee, P2P payment services in six countries: Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. Chipper Cash will use the […]

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