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    Carbon Acquires Vella Finance and Launches AI-Powered Business Banking Platform

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    Carbon, a prominent player in Nigeria’s financial sector, has successfully acquired fintech startup Vella Finance, marking a pivotal moment in the company’s mission to revolutionize financial services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Simultaneously, Carbon has unveiled an innovative AI-powered business banking platform, aiming to empower businesses with advanced financial tools.

    In a strategic move, Carbon, through its parent company One Credit Limited, has completed the acquisition of Vella Finance. This move aligns with Carbon’s commitment to offering accessible and advanced financial services for SMEs in Nigeria. The acquisition reflects Carbon’s ambition to provide a comprehensive platform that leverages the latest advancements in artificial intelligence.

    Chijioke Dozie, co-founder of Carbon, emphasized the significance of the acquisition, stating, “We saw in [Vella Finance] the same innovative and pioneering spirit that ignited Carbon. They had built an SME platform that we believe is unrivaled in the market, and given our aspirations, the deal was a no-brainer.”

    Mark Afolabi, co-founder and CEO of Vella Finance, expressed excitement about the collaboration, emphasizing the positive impact on businesses in Nigeria. Afolabi stated, “By joining forces, we can provide businesses a platform that provides AI-driven insights into their transactions, low-cost accessible loans, and the power of AI models built into the platform to help with any business challenge.”

    Vella Finance will transition its business customers to Carbon Business, offering individual customers the option to upgrade to business accounts. This strategic move aims to provide optimal user experiences during the transition period.

    Carbon Business offers a range of innovative features designed to enhance financial management for SMEs, including:

    • AI-Powered Transaction Analysis
    • Competitive Low-Interest Loans
    • Sub-Accounts for Financial Organization
    • Automated Income Splitting for Financial Planning
    • Team-Based Account Management (in development)
    • Ease of Integration and User-Friendly Interface

    Ngozi Dozie, co-founder of Carbon, emphasized the company’s commitment to sharing AI insights broadly, stating, “All Carbon Business customers will get access to our AI experience through webinars, newsletters, and How-To-Guides.”

    Ngozi Dozie highlighted Carbon’s commitment to pioneering the use of AI across all departments, showcasing the company’s dedication to sharing knowledge in a time of limited talent and resources.

    Carbon Microfinance Bank is a leading digital bank in Nigeria, specializing in consumer credit and banking services for consumers and SMEs. Founded on the principles of innovation and customer-centricity, Carbon is committed to providing seamless financial services through advanced technology platforms, driving financial inclusion, and empowering businesses across Africa.

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