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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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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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Jiji raises $21M for its Africa online classifieds business

Jiji raises M for its Africa online classifieds business Pan-African digital classifieds company Jiji has raised $21 million in Series C and C-1 financing from six investors, led by Knuru Capital. The Nigeria based venture, co-founded by Ukrainian entrepreneur Vladimir Mnogoletniy, has an East to West presence that includes Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, […]

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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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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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