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    Egypt’s dopay Secures $13.5M to Expand Digital Payroll Solutions for Underbanked Workers

    dopay’s expansion plans include the development of a self-financing lending model in collaboration with partner banks, which will leverage deposited funds to create a sustainable lending portfolio

    d.light Secures $176 Million to Expand Solar Access in East Africa

    The company’s PayGo model allows customers to pay for solar products in installments using mobile money.

    Kenya’s Bio-Logical Secures $1.3M to Expand Biochar Carbon Removal

    The funding round was led by a consortium of high-net-worth individuals and investors, including CrossBoundary, Redshaw Advisors, and existing investor, the Steyn Group.

    Fuzé Investment Series: Tunisian Fintech Konnect Networks Gets Funding Boost

    Konnect Networks, a leading payment solution provider in North Africa, offers businesses of all sizes a simple and intuitive platform to accept a variety of payment methods.

    Lateral Frontiers VC Raises $28M to Back African Tech Ventures

    The firm’s impressive track record includes four successful exits since its inception in 2018.
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    African Tech Startups: The Ups and Downs of AfDB’s Venture Capital Portfolio

    The Alitheia IDF Fund, for instance, saw its carrying value increase from $4.2 million in 2022 to $5.1 million in 2023, indicating successful investments and positive performance.

    Decoding Voluntary Liquidation: Lessons from African Startup Closures

    In September 2023, African mobility startup WhereIsMyTransport opted for Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation due to its financial inability to meet obligations. The liquidator oversaw asset realization and debt settlement, adhering to the UK Companies Act of 2006.

    Dust Off the CV or Dive Deeper? The Typical Paths of African Tech Founders After Startup Failure

    What options are immediately available to African startup founders in the wake of failure? Dust off the CV or relocate?

    Post-Mortem: How Fintech Startup Zazuu Left Barely £3000 for Investors to Redeem After $2M Funding

    The statement shows that Zazuu's assets are alarmingly meager, totaling a mere £3,300 in cash.

    How £21M of Debt Sank the Fresh Funding Quest for Failed SA Startup WhereIsMyTransport

    Despite raising over $27 million in funding since its inception in 2016, the company had only £180,000 (approximately $225,000) left to settle its obligations as of the date of filing for insolvency...

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    Mobility Startup Zeelo Exits South Africa, Hands Reins to Ride-Sharing Rival LULA

    Zeelo, a US-based company that launched its South African operations in 2019, has decided to exit the market to focus on its core markets in the US, UK, and Ireland.

    Egyptian Fintech ValU Banks $8.3M From Card Issuance in Just 3 Months

    ValU CEO Walid Hassouna reported that 55,000 cards have been activated, processing 250,000 transactions worth approximately 400 million Egyptian pounds ($8.3 million USD)

    Payment License: Algerian Super-App Yassir Charges into Moroccan Fintech Arena

    Yassir’s expansion in Morocco is part of a broader continental growth strategy, supported by a successful Series B funding round that raised $150 million in 2022

    Nigerian Stocks Go Mobile: NGX Invest Opens Stock Market to Everyone

    The platform’s launch is timely, coinciding with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) recapitalization directive, which has spurred numerous offers for subscription and rights announcements by Nigerian banks.

    Former Sendy Co-founder Malaika Judd Takes Helm of Ireland’s National Startup Accelerator

    The NDRC accelerator program has a proven track record of success, with alumni companies raising over €56 million in the past three years.

    Governance, Policy & Regulations Forum

    New US Parole Program Offers 5-Year Visa to African Startups with $260K+ Raised

    To qualify, entrepreneur must have a significant ownership stake (at least 10%) in a U.S.-based startup that was formed within the last five years.

    Algeria Unveils 30% Tax Cut for Companies Backing Startup Ventures

    Companies investing in labelled startups can deduct up to 30% of their income or profits, with a ceiling of 200 million Algerian dinars (approx. USD$1.5 million)

    Heritage Bank Collapse: Nigerian Fintechs Scramble for Customer Trust, NDIC Safety Net Leaves Some Exposed

    In the wake of the Heritage Bank crisis, fintechs are grappling with the challenge of rebuilding customer trust. While those covered by the NDIC can leverage this as a selling point, others must find alternative ways to demonstrate their commitment to financial security.

    Tax Breaks, Funding: Inside the New Startup Act in Ivory Coast 

    Signed into law by President Alassane Ouattara on January 22, 2024, this new Startup Act in Ivory Coast marks a new era for tech entrepreneurship in the country.

    Economic Upset: Cameroon, Mauritania Outperform Oil-Rich Nigeria in Wealth per Person

    In an unexpected turn of events, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed that...

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    Mobility Startup Zeelo Exits South Africa, Hands Reins to Ride-Sharing Rival LULA

    Zeelo, a US-based company that launched its South African operations in 2019, has decided to exit the market to focus on its core markets in the US, UK, and Ireland.

    Egypt’s dopay Secures $13.5M to Expand Digital Payroll Solutions for Underbanked Workers

    dopay’s expansion plans include the development of a self-financing lending model in collaboration with partner banks, which will leverage deposited funds to create a sustainable lending portfolio

    d.light Secures $176 Million to Expand Solar Access in East Africa

    The company’s PayGo model allows customers to pay for solar products in installments using mobile money.

    New US Parole Program Offers 5-Year Visa to African Startups with $260K+ Raised

    To qualify, entrepreneur must have a significant ownership stake (at least 10%) in a U.S.-based startup that was formed within the last five years.

    Kenya’s Bio-Logical Secures $1.3M to Expand Biochar Carbon Removal

    The funding round was led by a consortium of high-net-worth individuals and investors, including CrossBoundary, Redshaw Advisors, and existing investor, the Steyn Group.