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    Renew Capital Investment Series: South Africa’s Pumpkn to Boost Agri-SME Funding 

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    Pumpkn, a South African agritech startup aiming to bridge the funding gap in the African agricultural sector, has secured an undisclosed investment from Renew Capital, an Africa-focused impact investment firm. This marks Renew Capital’s first-ever investment in South Africa.

    Agriculture is a major contributor to Africa’s economy, accounting for 35% of GDP and supporting the livelihoods of almost half of the continent’s population. However, the sector faces a significant funding shortfall, hindering its growth potential.

    Pumpkn is addressing this challenge by offering financial support to agribusinesses. The company leverages data to assess the creditworthiness of agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises (agri-SMEs), enabling lenders to identify bankable businesses and manage their loan portfolios. This approach aims to make agribusiness financing commercially viable for lenders and accessible for agribusinesses, helping them obtain essential tools, machinery, and equipment to fuel growth.

    “Despite agriculture being the major GDP contributor for many African countries, many agriculture-focused businesses still have a hard time finding the financing they need to grow and thrive,” said Zaheer Dindar, co-founder & CEO of Pumpkn. “Pumpkn is committed to working closely with agribusinesses to enable their growth, with a direct impact on job creation.”

    Pumpkn’s platform distinguishes itself with its focus on fast loan approvals, zero paperwork, and seamless accessibility. By linking directly to agri-SMEs’ bank accounts, the platform allows businesses to quickly secure essential financing.

    Adam Abate, principal of investment at Renew Capital, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “We are witnessing an important shift in Africa, with technology playing a major role in boosting sectors including agriculture. We are thrilled to support Pumpkn on its mission and proud to have them as our first-ever investment in South Africa.”

    This investment in Pumpkn aligns with Renew Capital ’s focus on backing innovative companies with high-growth potential that drive positive social impact. The firm manages investments for the Renew Capital Angels, a global network of angel investors, foundations, and family offices seeking financial returns and sustainable social impact.

    Founded in 2022 by Zaheer Dindar, Fazlur Pandor and Jérôme van Innis Pumpkn is ambitious in its goals, aiming to facilitate $1 billion in funding to over 150,000 African SMEs by 2030. By tackling the financing gap in the agricultural sector, the company is contributing to the growth of a critical sector for the continent and supporting the livelihoods of millions of people.

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