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    Silent Exit: Egyptian Fintech Cassbana Shuttered Operations After Losing $2M Funding

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    Cassbana, an Egyptian fintech company specializing in using machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide financial identities for the underserved and unbanked, has been the subject of rumors regarding the cessation of its operations. The company, founded in 2020 and based in Cairo, aimed to help financial institutions and businesses create lending and financial support solutions by analyzing customer behavior patterns.

    Initially, Cassbana showed significant promise. The company attracted over $1 million in funding from investors, including Disruptech, MSA Novo, Inclusive Fintech 50, Endure Capital, Full Circle Africa, COTU Ventures, Access Bridge Ventures, and Suya Ventures. However, a recent cancellation of a crucial equity funding commitment of $2 million from British International Investment (BII), formerly known as CDC Group, dealt a significant blow to the company’s prospects.

    A former officer of Cassbana, speaking to Launch Base Africa on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the company’s cessation of business operations, citing difficulties in generating sufficient revenue to sustain operations. Findings by Launch Base Africa revealed co-founders Mohamed Tarek and Mostafa Barakat had since left the company to pursue other endeavors, and Cassbana’s website is no longer active.

    Speaking to Launch Base Africa, co-founder and CEO Haitham Nassar clarified recent developments concerning Cassbana’s business operations. He stated that the challenges faced by Cassbana were related to an incomplete funding round, which led to the cancellation of a commitment from BII. Following this setback, Cassbana experienced a period of silence. Despite this, Nassar mentioned that the company is actively pursuing a new funding round and plans to announce details regarding new expansions in the coming weeks.

    The startup was founded by Mostafa Barakat, Mohamed Tarek, and former Careem executive Haitham Nassar. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company focuses on building financial identities for users, particularly those without access to conventional banking services. Cassbana provides inventory financing to nano and micro-retail enterprises, such as grocery, cosmetics, and clothing stores, by partnering with distributors. Store owners can obtain inventory from Cassbana’s partners without immediate payment, with Cassbana covering the cost and later receiving installment payments through its mobile app. Successful repayments improve the business owners’ credit scores, allowing them to access more significant inventory financing.

    In a 2021 statement, CEO Haitham Nassar emphasized Cassbana’s goal of establishing financial identities for one million customers by the end of that year. He highlighted the challenges faced by many Egyptians in accessing financial services and the company’s mission to provide viable alternatives. 

    Editor’s Note: This story was edited to clarify that the company’s cessation of business was due to difficulties in raising funds. The company is actively pursuing a new funding round and plans to announce details regarding new expansions in the coming weeks.

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