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    Investors Back Kenyan Digital Insurance Startup mTek in $1.25M Funding Round

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    mTek, a digital insurance platform, has secured a substantial investment totaling $1.25 million (Sh167.8 million) from Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures (VKAV) and Founders Factory Africa (FFA). 

    The primary objective behind this investment is to fuel mTek’s expansion within the Kenyan and broader East African insurance markets. By leveraging advanced technology, mTek aims to facilitate the adoption of insurance services while positioning itself as a pioneering force in insurtech innovation. 

    This funding round is crucial for solidifying mTek’s market presence and enhancing its capabilities to serve as a leading platform for the insurance ecosystem. 

    CEO Bente Krogmann expressed enthusiasm about having VKAV and FFA on board, emphasizing the company’s commitment to becoming Africa’s premier platform-as-a-service for insurance. Furthermore, mTek plans to utilize emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to streamline processes, improve customer experiences, and drive operational efficiency across the insurance value chain. The strategic partnerships forged with underwriters, regulatory bodies, banks, intermediaries, and enterprises will be instrumental in fostering innovation, expanding insurance access, and creating value for end-users and the broader insurance ecosystem.

    Why the Investors Invested

    VKAV and FFA’s decision to invest in mTek is rooted in the company’s strong potential to address insurance penetration gaps by harnessing advanced technology and forging robust partnerships. mTek’s track record since its inception in 2019 underscores its commitment to revolutionizing customer experiences within the insurance sector. 

    By eliminating cumbersome paperwork through paperless transactions, mTek has demonstrated its ability to enhance efficiency and accessibility in the insurance market. The growing demand for insurtech solutions, coupled with the increasing integration of connected devices into financial services, further validates mTek’s value proposition. 

    Moreover, mTek’s innovative approach not only benefits customers by providing greater choice and accessibility but also optimizes distribution channels for insurers, thereby reducing costs and driving business efficiency. VKAV and FFA recognize mTek’s unique position to capitalize on these trends and drive sustainable growth within the insurance industry.

    VKAV partner Ory Okolloh emphasized mTek’s ability to address insurance penetration gaps through advanced technology and strategic partnerships. This sentiment was echoed by FFA investment manager Philani Mzila, who highlighted mTek’s role in providing customers with greater choice and optimizing distribution for insurers. 

    A Look at mTek

    Founded in 2019, mTek is spearheaded by CEO Bente Krogmann. The startup primarily operates in the Kenyan and East African insurance markets, aiming to transform the traditional insurance landscape through technological innovation

    mTek’s core mission revolves around leveraging technology to streamline insurance processes, enhance customer experiences, and drive operational efficiency. By tapping into emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, mTek seeks to revolutionize the insurance value chain and expand access to insurance services. 

    The company’s strategic focus on forging partnerships with underwriters, regulatory bodies, banks, intermediaries, and enterprises underscores its commitment to fostering innovation and creating value for all stakeholders. 

    Through its paperless transaction approach, mTek has already made significant strides in improving customer experience and reducing administrative burdens within the insurance sector. 

    With the recent investment from VKAV and FFA, mTek is poised to accelerate its growth trajectory and consolidate its position as a leading insurtech player in Africa.

    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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