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    South Africa’s Spatialedge Secures $3.1M Investment to Accelerate Retail Technology Innovation

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    Spatialedge, an AI-driven software company based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, has recently secured R60 million ($3,154,640) from the Hlayisani Growth Fund. This investment is intended to facilitate the acceleration of product launches and expand its customer base. Spatialedge plans to utilize these funds to enhance its research and development endeavors and broaden its range of products. The Hlayisani Growth Fund’s investment aligns with its strategy of supporting African technology-powered companies in their growth stage. This investment is part of the larger Hlayisani Venture Fund II, which focuses on high-growth technology-enabled companies primarily linked to South Africa.

    Why The Investor Invested:

    The decision to invest in Spatialedge was motivated by several key factors. Firstly, Spatialedge has demonstrated a strong track record of working with major brands and achieving significant revenue growth, surpassing R300 million ($15,768,261). This indicates the company’s ability to deliver tangible results and capture a substantial market share. Additionally, Spatialedge specializes in developing and implementing machine learning solutions for businesses, addressing real-world challenges effectively. Its focus on optimizing enterprise operational decision-making, such as pricing strategies and resource allocation, presents lucrative opportunities in the retail sector and beyond. Furthermore, Spatialedge’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovation aligns with the investment philosophy of the Hlayisani Growth Fund, making it an attractive prospect for funding.

    Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Hlayisani Venture Fund II (HVFII) is a venture capital fund that launched in Q1 2023. Its primary focus is on investing in medium and large high-growth companies that are technology-enabled. The HVFII primarily targets South African-linked businesses that are expanding globally. However, it also considers attractive investment opportunities in Southern Africa and the rest of Africa, where the investment team has a strong network and can influence transactions effectively.

    A Look At Spatialedge

    Founded in 2017 by Retief Gerber, Spatialedge is a data and applied artificial intelligence startup headquartered in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The company’s primary objective is to assist businesses in developing and integrating machine learning solutions into their operations, thereby enhancing decision-making processes. With a focus on the retail industry, Spatialedge has witnessed exponential revenue growth and collaborated with numerous multinational enterprises across Africa. Its suite of decision tools and team of engineers enables organizations to leverage AI technologies effectively. Spatialedge’s emphasis on practical applications and customer-centric solutions positions it as a key player in the evolving landscape of AI-driven innovation.

    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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