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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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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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Kenya’s Twiga Foods eyes West Africa after $30M raise led by Goldman

Kenya’s Twiga Foods eyes West Africa after M raise led by Goldman Kenya’s Twiga Foods has raised a total of $30 million from lenders and investors led by Goldman Sachs. The B2B food distribution company financed $6.25 million of the funding in convertible debt and $23.75 million in equity, classified as a […]

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Nigeria’s CcHub acquires Kenya’s iHub to create mega Africa incubator

Nigeria’s CcHub acquires Kenya’s iHub to create mega Africa incubator Two of Africa’s powerhouse tech incubators will join forces. Nigerian innovation center and seed-fund CcHub has acquired Nairobi based iHub — CcHub CEO Bosun Tijani confirmed to TechCrunch. The purchase amount is undisclosed, but Tijani said CcHub will finance the deal out […]

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African incubator MEST has a new MD and 11 fresh startup investments

African incubator MEST has a new MD and 11 fresh startup investments Pan-African incubator MEST announced investments in 11 startups from its 2019 cohort that will each receive $100,000 in financing. The $1.1 million backing for a graduating class is the largest to date for the Accra-based organization — which operates as […]

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MAX.ng raises $7M round backed by Yamaha and pilots EVs in Nigeria

MAX.ng raises M round backed by Yamaha and pilots EVs in Nigeria Nigerian motorcycle transit startup MAX.ng has raised a $7 million funding round led by Novastar Ventures, with participation of Japanese manufacturer Yamaha. Based in Lagos, the company’s app-based platform coordinates motorcycle taxi and delivery services for individuals and businesses. Six-million […]

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Nigeria’s Gokada raises $5.3M round for its motorcycle ride-hail biz

Nigeria’s Gokada raises .3M round for its motorcycle ride-hail biz In many large cities across Africa, motorcycle taxies are as common as yellow-cabs in New York. That includes Lagos, Nigeria, where ride-hail startup Gokada has raised a $5.3 million Series A round to grow its two-wheel transit business. Gokada has trained and […]

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Nigeria’s Piggybank.ng raises $1.1M, announces group investment product

Nigeria’s Piggybank.ng raises .1M, announces group investment product Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: Safaricom unveils Bonga, Africa’s Talking gets $8.6M, TechCrunch visits Nigeria, Ghana Safaricom rolls out Bonga social […]

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