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    Renda Secures $1.9 Million Pre-Seed Funding to Bolster Order Fulfillment Solutions in Africa

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    Renda, a pioneering startup in the African logistics landscape, has closed a significant pre-seed funding round amounting to $1.9 million. This infusion of capital is earmarked for the enhancement of Renda’s service offerings and its expansion into key markets within Nigeria and Kenya. The investment is set to catalyze the startup’s mission of simplifying order fulfillment and retail distribution for businesses across the African continent.

    Ingressive Capital, a prominent pan-African early-stage venture capital firm, spearheaded the investment round by contributing $1.3 million in equity. Notable participants in the funding round include Techstars Toronto, Magic Fund, Golden Palm Investments, Reflect Ventures, and Vastly Valuable Ventures. Additionally, Founders Factory Africa and SeedFi bolstered the investment with a combined $600,000 in debt funding.

    Why the Investors Invested

    Filling the Fulfillment Gap

    Africa’s burgeoning e-commerce and manufacturing sectors grapple with fragmented logistics infrastructure. While solutions exist for last-mile and middle-mile delivery, a gap persists in comprehensive fulfillment services. Renda bridges this gap by offering businesses a one-stop shop for order fulfillment and retail distribution needs.

    Strategic

    Ingressive Capital’s Maya Horgan Famodu emphasizes the strategic nature of the investment: “Renda’s technology solution tackles a critical bottleneck in African manufacturing and e-commerce ecosystems by providing seamless access to fulfillment infrastructure. Their track record of empowering businesses and impressive financials since inception make them a compelling investment. In today’s climate of high inflation and escalating shipping and storage costs, Renda’s value proposition is stronger than ever.”

    Asset-Light Model for Scalable Growth

    Renda’s asset-light model positions it for scalability across Africa’s diverse markets. The company leverages existing warehousing, storage, delivery, and cash collection providers, creating a network that caters to each client’s specific needs without the burden of fleet ownership. This approach has yielded a robust network exceeding 300 warehousing and storage partners, 3,000+ delivery vehicles, and 2,000+ cash collection partners.

    Proven Track Record and Experienced Leadership

    Renda’s success is further bolstered by its profitability and a stellar 450% year-on-year revenue growth, demonstrating a strong market fit. The company’s leadership team, led by Ope and Bimbo Onaboye, boasts experience building logistics and e-commerce startups, inspiring investor confidence.

    Ingressive Capital is a venture capital firm in Lagos, Nigeria, operating across Africa. Techstars Toronto is part of a global network providing startup accelerator programs in Canada. Magic Fund supports early-stage companies globally. Golden Palm Investments in Accra, Ghana, focuses on tech and real estate. Reflect Ventures in India invests in tech startups. Vastly Valuable Ventures in Abu Dhabi invests in promising startups. Founders Factory Africa, a startup accelerator, provided debt funding, as did SeedFi, which serves underserved communities from San Francisco and New York City.

    Exploring Renda

    Founded in 2021 by siblings Ope Onaboye and Bimbo Onaboye, Renda’s innovative approach revolves around aggregating and granting access to end-to-end infrastructure tailored to optimize order fulfillment processes for businesses. This includes facilitating flexible storage solutions, inventory management, order processing, deliveries, and cash handling in real-time. Notably, Renda distinguishes itself by adopting an asset-light strategy, akin to industry stalwarts like Flexport and ShipBob, by forging strategic partnerships across the logistics value chain.

    The startup’s primary markets currently span Nigeria and Kenya, where it aims to address the pressing logistical challenges hindering businesses’ growth and expansion.

    Renda’s value proposition lies in its end-to-end fulfillment solution, which encompasses storage optimization, inventory management, order processing, and delivery logistics. By leveraging a vast network of warehousing and delivery partners, Renda empowers businesses to streamline their operations and expand their reach across diverse markets seamlessly.

    Looking ahead, Renda’s ambitious plans include the introduction of embedded finance products to cater to the financial needs of its partners, alongside leveraging AI-driven solutions to optimize logistics processes. With its sights set on further expansion across East Africa and beyond, Renda is poised to redefine the logistics landscape and empower businesses across the continent.

    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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