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    Ethiopian Startup Kubik Secures $1.9 Million Seed Extension to Propel Expansion

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    Kubik, an innovative Ethiopian startup revolutionizing the construction industry by transforming plastic waste into eco-friendly building materials, has recently closed a seed extension round, securing a substantial $1.9 million in funding. The investment is poised to fuel the company’s expansion efforts as it aims to scale its operations significantly.

    The latest funding injection was facilitated by a trio of prominent investors: African Renaissance Partners, a venture capital firm based in East Africa; Endgame Capital, a climate tech investment syndicate; and King Philanthropies, an investor dedicated to addressing climate issues and extreme poverty.

    This milestone follows Kubik’s recent strides in bolstering its presence in Ethiopia, particularly with the inauguration of its manufacturing facility in Addis Ababa. The facility specializes in converting plastic waste into a variety of interlocking building materials, including bricks, columns, beams, and jambs, all designed to be cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.

    Founded in 2021 by Kidus Asfaw and Penda Marre, Kubik has been at the forefront of tackling both Africa’s housing crisis and its burgeoning waste management challenges. By repurposing hard-to-recycle plastic waste, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene, Kubik offers a practical solution that not only addresses environmental concerns but also contributes to the affordability and sustainability of construction projects.

    In June 2023, Kubik raised a notable $3.34 million in a previous funding round, drawing support from a diverse array of investors, including Plug & Play, BESTSELLER Foundation, GIIG Africa Fund, and several others. This financial backing has been instrumental in ramping up production capacities and expanding the company’s footprint across Ethiopia.

    With the fresh infusion of capital, Kidus Asfaw, CEO of Kubik, envisions further expansion within Addis Ababa and beyond. Asfaw emphasized the funding’s role in meeting the escalating demand for Kubik’s products and enhancing operational capabilities. Additionally, he outlined plans to leverage advanced technologies, empower more female waste collectors, and chart a path for pan-African growth by 2025.

    Kubik’s innovative approach to construction has garnered attention not only for its environmental benefits but also for its cost-effectiveness and efficiency. By eliminating the need for traditional materials like cement, aggregates, and steel in wall construction, Kubik’s products offer a compelling alternative, reducing construction costs by a significant margin while also curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The significance of Kubik’s mission is underscored by the global plastic waste crisis, with over 400 million tons of plastic produced annually, much of which ends up polluting water bodies. Despite Africa’s relatively modest contribution to global plastic production, the continent grapples with its own waste management challenges, exacerbated by rapid urbanization and population growth.

    Investors were drawn to Kubik for its innovative approach to addressing these pressing environmental and social issues. The projected tripling of global plastic waste production by 2060 has heightened the urgency for sustainable solutions, positioning Kubik as a frontrunner in the quest for a circular economy.

    Furthermore, Kubik’s commitment to social impact, coupled with its adherence to circular economy principles and low-carbon construction practices, resonated with investors seeking opportunities to support ventures that tackle Africa’s most formidable challenges, including housing affordability and environmental sustainability.

    Looking ahead, Kubik remains steadfast in its mission to lead the charge in plastic waste reuse and sustainability efforts across Africa. Recognized for its contributions to environmental stewardship and innovative entrepreneurship, Kubik envisions a future where affordable housing is accessible to all, facilitated by the widespread adoption of eco-friendly construction materials.

    Charles Rapulu Udoh is a Lagos-based lawyer, who has several years of experience working in Africa’s burgeoning tech startup industry. He has closed multi-million dollar deals bordering on venture capital, private equity, intellectual property (trademark, patent or design, etc.), mergers and acquisitions, in countries such as in the Delaware, New York, UK, Singapore, British Virgin Islands, South Africa, Nigeria etc. He’s also a corporate governance and cross-border data privacy and tax expert. As an award-winning writer and researcher, he is passionate about telling the African startup story, and is one of the continent’s pioneers in this regard.

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