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Fizz raises $14.4m to help Gen Z build credit for the future
Published: 07-06-2024 | 10:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau














Kenyan banking and financial services industry players commit to innovation
Published: 21-05-2024 | 09:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
According to the Central Bank of Kenya, globally, there has been an emergence of ‘hybrid risks ’ that are affecting the financial services sector.


[Free Webinar] E-commerce Evolution: The Future of Finance with Digital Payments in Africa
Published: 15-05-2024 | 14:17:16 | By: Bob Koigi
Join this insightful webinar focused on mastering cross-border payments in Africa's dynamic e-commerce landscape.






Fintech firm Payless Africa launches in Kenya
Published: 07-05-2024 | 09:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau






Crosslink launches tenth flagship venture fund with $350 million
Published: 23-04-2024 | 16:51:53 | By: Bob Koigi
Crosslink remains dedicated to investing in early-stage founders from inception, which includes pre-seed and seed, through Series A, and supporting them at every stage of their growth.


IFC invests $10.5 million in new 4DX Ventures Fund to support tech startups in Africa
Published: 19-04-2024 | 17:15:53 | By: Bob Koigi
Africa is among the regions least served by venture capital, receiving just 2% of global venture deal volume in the third quarter of 2023.




































5 fintech trends to prepare for in 2024, Plug and Play
Published: 19-02-2024 | 12:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau












AI powered fintech startup InvestAlert joins NVIDIA Inception
Published: 07-02-2024 | 08:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau






Visa launches second cohort of Africa Fintech Accelerator program
Published: 29-01-2024 | 14:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau




SaaS startup Axle raises $1.5 million in pre-seed funding to revamp Wall Street industry
Published: 12-01-2024 | 11:40:57 | By: Bob Koigi
Axle, a SaaS startup focused on modernizing corporate access on Wall Street, has announced the successful close of $1.5M in pre-seed funding.


Fintech startup Happy Money secures financing to drive growth
Published: 11-01-2024 | 16:50:43 | By: Bob Koigi
Through its platform, Happy Money delivers unique lending solutions, high-performing assets, and national reach to help credit unions strengthen their balance sheets and accelerate growth


Fintech startup Zebec debuts in Japan with payroll and payments solutions
Published: 09-01-2024 | 15:58:36 | By: Bob Koigi
This strategic move not only marks Zebec's continued global expansion but also underscores its commitment to fostering collaborative financial innovation worldwide.


[Free Webinar] Accelerating FX Success: Expansion Strategies for Marketing Agencies in Eastern, Western Africa
Published: 19-12-2023 | 14:47:17 | By: Bob Koigi
This event is tailored for marketing executives and CFOs looking to gain actionable insights into international expansion, building a global clientele and establishing strong online presence.


Canapi Ventures raises $750m Fund II to power new financial services economy
Published: 11-12-2023 | 13:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
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Basis secures $3.6m to bring AI to accounting firms
Published: 31-10-2023 | 10:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau






Samsung invests in Skipify to accelerate its next-gen digital wallet
Published: 24-10-2023 | 10:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech company, Skipify, has announced a strategic investment from Samsung Next.


Former JP Morgan exec Jeremy Balkin launches innovative payment solution TodayPay
Published: 24-10-2023 | 09:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TodayPay has emerged from stealth mode to unveil payment technology solution.


Mudrex launches Saber.Money to offer onramp and offramp services in India
Published: 19-10-2023 | 13:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mudrex announced the launch of Saber.Money to offer services to B2B clients.


EIF and Swedish fintech Invoier boost European SMEs with €58m financing
Published: 16-10-2023 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EIF and Invoier have partnered to provide SMEs with better access to funding.


French insurtech startup Orus raises €11m funding to expand its services in Europe
Published: 11-10-2023 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French insurtech startup Orus has raised €11 million in Series A funding.


Fintech startup CrossFund raises additional $1.5m in funding at $47m valuation
Published: 09-10-2023 | 10:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Singapore-based fintech startup CrossFund, has raised its fourth funding round.


Swedish fintech Brite Payments raises $60m to accelerate instant bank payments across Europe
Published: 04-10-2023 | 15:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Brite Payments has announced a $60m funding round.


Cardata raises $100m capital to accelerate growth in product innovation
Published: 02-10-2023 | 14:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cardata has announced a new round of growth investment.


South African payments startup Revio raises $5.2 seed round to grow coverage across Africa
Published: 28-09-2023 | 15:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Revio has announced a seed investment round of $5.2m.


MassChallenge opens call for its 2024 fintech accelerator program
Published: 28-09-2023 | 14:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MassChallenge FinTech has opened applications for its sixth fintech accelerator program.


Paris-based startup Ondorse raises €3.8m to expand KYC solution in Europe
Published: 27-09-2023 | 13:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ondorse, a business KYC solution, has raised  €3.8m seed round.


Data from 400+ startups indicates massive SVB and FRB fallout on startup banking sector
Published: 27-09-2023 | 11:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kruze Consulting has analyzed banking data from 400+ startups.


Backbase partners with FrankieOne to provide digital onboarding solutions in Australia
Published: 27-09-2023 | 10:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Backbase announced its strategic partnership with FrankieOne.


Lipa Later announces close of Sh500 million privately placed debt issuance
Published: 26-09-2023 | 12:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
According to the company, the journey to empower Kenyan consumers with convenient and accessible financing options has been met with enthusiasm from customers and the private capital markets.


Kayna insurtech raises €1m to revolutionize small business insurance
Published: 21-09-2023 | 12:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kayna insurtech has closed a €1m pre-seed funding round.


BitX Capital pioneers startup business loans with no money required
Published: 20-09-2023 | 13:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
BitX Capital has introduced an innovative solution for budding entrepreneurs.


UAE-based digital assets startup Fuze raises $14m seed round
Published: 20-09-2023 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fuze has unveiled a record-breaking seed round of $14 million.


Kenyan insurtech startup Turaco acquires Ghana’s MicroEnsure
Published: 20-09-2023 | 12:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Turaco, the Kenyan insurtech startup, has acquired MicroEnsure Ghana from MIC Global.


Plug and Play, Visa launch Inclusive Fintech Accelerator to advance diverse founders in fintech
Published: 14-09-2023 | 11:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play and Visa have launched Inclusive Fintech Accelerator program.


Big name VCs back startup to solve multi-billion dollar banking problem
Published: 13-09-2023 | 13:41:08 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech startup N5 has secured the backing of a number of high profile investors.


Inside the mind of an expert: Fintech AI predictions for 2023, Plug and Play
Published: 29-08-2023 | 12:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AI has revolutionized fintech by enabling innovative solutions.


Fintech firm LemFi raises $33m to transform financial services for immigrants everywhere
Published: 28-08-2023 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LemFi (formerly Lemonade Finance), has raised $33 million Series A round.


Irys Insurtech closes $3.5m seed round to take on legacy competitors
Published: 25-08-2023 | 11:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Irys Insurtech has closed a seed funding round of $3.5 million.


Swedish fintech Klarna records growth in key European markets
Published: 23-08-2023 | 12:14:49 | By: Pie Kamau
Klarna, the global payments network and shopping assistant, announced strong growth across Europe.


Berlin-based startup Mercanis raises $10m to boost savings for procurement teams
Published: 18-08-2023 | 13:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Berlin-based startup Mercanis announced the completion of $10m seed funding.


Berlin-based insurtech startup SureIn closes €4m designed for Europe's SMBs
Published: 15-08-2023 | 11:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Berlin-based insurtech startup SureIn has closed a €4 million Seed round.


Nigerian mobility fintech Moove secures $76m funding for global expansion
Published: 10-08-2023 | 15:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian mobility fintech Moove, has secured $76 million in new funding.


Safeguarding your investments: Understanding Escroco Emerald (ESCE) and Its features
Published: 10-08-2023 | 15:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Investing in the right opportunities is crucial for safeguarding your financial future. In today's digital era, cryptocurrencies have gained significant attention as an alternative investment option.


Fintech startup Okoora fuels Paysend's Israeli market entry
Published: 07-08-2023 | 15:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Okoora, the Swiss-Israeli fintech startup has partnered with Paysend.


Functional Finance raises $8m to expand operational efficiency for the insurance industry
Published: 07-08-2023 | 14:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Insurtech startup Functional Finance secures $8m in seed capital.


IVIX closes $12.5m Series A funding round to accelerate growth, combat financial crimes
Published: 07-08-2023 | 14:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IVIX, announced the closing of a $12.5m Series A funding round


British Business Investments commits €27m to Bootstrap Europe II
Published: 02-08-2023 | 15:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British Business Investments has committed €27 million to Bootstrap Europe II.


Visa opens applications for its Africa Fintech Accelerator Program
Published: 21-07-2023 | 15:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Visa has opened applications for startups to participate in the first cohort of the Visa Africa Fintech Accelerator program.


Swiss fintech startup Numarics raises €10.2m seed round
Published: 20-07-2023 | 14:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swiss fintech startup Numarics has raised a €10.2m seed round for its automated accounting and administration solution tailored to SMEs.


European payments startup Salve FH selects Finastra to tackle payment delays for corporates
Published: 20-07-2023 | 13:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Salve FH has selected Finastra Essence to reduce payment delays.


Fintech company Nav acquires startup Tillful to accelerate growth
Published: 18-07-2023 | 09:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nav, the financial health platform for small businesses, announced its acquisition of Tillful.


World Bank awards 10 Southern African fintech startups with $5k each
Published: 14-07-2023 | 15:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
10 Southern African fintech startups have each received $5,000 from the World Bank.


Workforce management platform When I Work acquires fintech startup Lean Financial
Published: 12-07-2023 | 10:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
When I Work announced its acquisition of fintech startup Lean Financial.


[Column] Paul Selibas: Embedded finance in the age of e-Commerce
Published: 06-07-2023 | 14:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The African online e-Commerce market has grown rapidly in recent years.


Seedstars launches FIWAM program to boost financial inclusion for women migrants
Published: 06-07-2023 | 14:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seedstars has launched a program to promote financial inclusion for women.


EU-based fintech startup CAPEX.com expands into the Greek market
Published: 06-07-2023 | 14:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CAPEX.com announced its first M&A deal, the acquisition of WiredMarket.com.


Maza raises $8m to provide U.S. immigrants with financial identities
Published: 04-07-2023 | 12:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Financial platform Maza, announced a $8 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz.


gigaroo raises $2.5m in pre-seed funding to revolutionize GenZ financial stability
Published: 03-07-2023 | 11:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
gigaroo announced it has successfully raised $2.5 million in pre-seed funding.


Brex taps Jason Mok to support the next generation of founders
Published: 29-06-2023 | 13:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Brex announced that Jason Mok has joined the team to support commitment to serving startups and their founders.


AdvisorCheck raises $1.8m to transform the way people vet and monitor financial advisors
Published: 28-06-2023 | 10:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AdvisorCheck has announced its $1.8 million seed round of funding.


Financial IT launches Fintech Pathfinder, showcasing the most promising fintech startups
Published: 13-06-2023 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Financial IT announced the launch of its highly anticipated Fintech Pathfinder.


Africa among top 3 regions prone to mobile financial scam, report
Published: 12-06-2023 | 14:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Throughout 2022 and the first quarter of 2023, 14% of installs of potentially unwanted mobile financial apps on Android phones were made.


Fintech firm LemFi expands diaspora remittance services to Kenya
Published: 09-06-2023 | 11:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LemFi announced it has formally launched its diaspora remittance services in Kenya. 


Reseda Group invests $2m in five fintech startups
Published: 07-06-2023 | 15:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Reseda Group announced it is investing more than $2 million to support five emerging fintech companies.


Swiss lender Teylor secures €275m to support SMEs through its credit platform
Published: 01-06-2023 | 12:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swiss fintech Teylor has secured €275m funding from Barclays and other investors.


How payment technology is changing the rulebook on South African retail
Published: 31-05-2023 | 10:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The past few years have seen the proliferation of new methods of transacting.


Adonis raises $17.3m to transform revenue outcomes for healthcare providers across the U.S.
Published: 30-05-2023 | 09:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Adonis announced it has raised $17.3 million in Series A financing.


6 smart ways finance leaders are cutting business costs in 2023, Sastrify
Published: 29-05-2023 | 14:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
It has long been a common practice for companies to make reactive cost cuts.


[Column] Darryl Pietersen: Africa’s digital dividend: The role of technology in remittances
Published: 25-05-2023 | 13:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The growth of Africa’s digital economy has resulted in many positive changes.


CoinsPaid sees potential in Estonian market, ready to drive innovation in startup ecosystem
Published: 23-05-2023 | 13:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CoinsPaid continues to develop and places emphasis on the potential of Estonia.


FlowX.AI raises $35m to transform application modernization at large banks
Published: 23-05-2023 | 11:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FlowX.AI announced it has raised a $35 million Series A funding round.


Israeli fintech startup Firmbase emerges from stealth with $12m funding
Published: 23-05-2023 | 10:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Firmbase, an Israeli finance tech startup has emerged from stealth with $12m funding.


Absa acquires minority stake in South African agritech startup Khula!
Published: 18-05-2023 | 14:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Absa Bank has acquired a minority stake in South African agritech startup, Khula! 


Dutch social fintech startup Share Council obtains B Corp certification
Published: 18-05-2023 | 10:43:11 | By: Bob Koigi
The B Corp certification is proof of Share Council's commitment to closing the capital gap by making every employee a co-owner of the company they work for.


Nigerian fintech startup Grey expands into Kenya
Published: 11-05-2023 | 12:59:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Nigerian fintech startup  Grey has picked Kenya as its East African Hub as it expands operations in the largest economy in the East African Community. 


Milan-based fintech startup Viceversa closes €10m Series A funding round to accelerate growth
Published: 10-05-2023 | 15:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Viceversa, the Milan-based fintech startup that introduced revenue-based financing to Italy to support the growth of digital companies, announced the closing of €10 million Series A financing round.


Fintech startup Setscale launches out of stealth with ~ $80m equity and debt raise
Published: 05-05-2023 | 16:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Setscale, a fintech startup revolutionizing purchase order financing for SMBs, announced it has raised a $9.5 million seed funding round, as well as secured up to $70 million in debt.


Nigerian payments startup Nomba raises $30m pre-Series B funding round
Published: 04-05-2023 | 13:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian payment service provider Nomba has raised a $30 million pre-Series B funding round to support the delivery of bespoke payment solutions for African businesses.


[Column] Oluwatobi Amusan: Financial inclusion in Africa with embedded trade finance
Published: 03-05-2023 | 10:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
There can be no talk of financial inclusion in Africa without trade finance. Trade promotes economic growth, reduces poverty, fosters economic and cultural links between regions and countries, and facilitates capital movement.


Pan-African payments startup PayDay re-launches in Rwanda, partners with Starlink to enable internet access
Published: 02-05-2023 | 10:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-African payments startup PayDay has re-launched in Rwanda and announced a partnership that will enable Startlink customers to purchase their subscription services through the platform.


London fintech startup Triver raises £7milliion to provide small businesses with instant capital
Published: 28-04-2023 | 15:38:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Leveraging Open Banking data and sophisticated AI, Triver funds SMEs’ short-term working capital needs, underwriting the risk of small business borrowing instantly and automatically.


Teahouse Finance Raises $5 million to further defi wealth management
Published: 26-04-2023 | 18:12:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Teahouse Finance, a decentralized asset management and strategy platform provider, has announced a total raise of $5 million in funding, most recently with the close of a $2 million financing round led by AppWorks, one of the leading VC firms and accelerator in Southeast Asia.


DoiT and Tenity target Early-stage fintech and insurtech startups with cloud computing offerings
Published: 20-04-2023 | 14:22:06 | By: Bob Koigi
Through this partnership, DoiT will become one of Tenity's trusted cloud partners, providing Tenity’s incubated startups, both current and alumni, with round-the-clock access to best-in-class cloud technology and services on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure.


Institutional on-chain finance startup Fractal raises $6m seed funding to accelerate growth
Published: 19-04-2023 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fractal, an infrastructure provider enabling institutions to clear, settle, and margin digital asset trades on-chain, announced it has secured $6 million in financing led by Hack VC.


ABBANK accelerates banking transformation with Backbase Platform in Vietnam
Published: 12-04-2023 | 12:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Backbase, the global player in Engagement Banking, has partnered An Binh Bank (ABBANK) to transform the banking experiences for millions of Vietnamese customers.


Nigerian fintech firm Zone adopts ThetaRay AI Solution to screen payments
Published: 04-04-2023 | 14:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Zone (formerly Appzone) and ThetaRay announced they will collaborate to implement ThetaRay’s cloud-based SONAR solution to monitor and screen Zone’s transactions in Nigeria for illicit activities and sanctions violations.


Nigerian fintech startup Moni unveils new community-powered digital loans for African SMEs
Published: 04-04-2023 | 13:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Moni has launched a new range of business loans targeting SMEs in Africa.


Fertility treatments aren't just for the 1%, Sunfish
Published: 28-03-2023 | 11:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sunfish, a fintech company founded last year, aims to make fertility treatments more accessible and has recently designed a new product to help reduce the cost of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).


Why open finance is the future, Plug and Play
Published: 27-03-2023 | 13:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
In 2018, the UK made history as the world’s first Open Banking Standard was implemented, establishing the foundations for the nation’s pioneering ecosystem and setting a blueprint for other countries. 


First Citizens Bank enters into whole bank purchase of Silicon Valley Bridge Bank, N.A.
Published: 27-03-2023 | 13:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
First Citizens Bank, has entered into an agreement with FDIC to purchase out of FDIC receivership substantially all loans and certain other assets, and assume all customer deposits and certain other liabilities of Silicon Valley Bridge Bank, N.A.


Applications for inaugural AWS FinTech Africa Accelerator now open
Published: 27-03-2023 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Amazon Web Services’ Startup Loft Accelerator announced the inaugural launch of its AWS FinTech Africa Accelerator.


Intelligent payments startup Toku raises $7.15m seed round to revolutionize subscription payments in LatAm
Published: 24-03-2023 | 14:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
On a mission to revolutionize the way companies collect payments in Latin America, Toku, the platform optimizing collections for subscription companies, announced it has raised $7m seed round.


Global trends in supply chain finance, Plug and Play
Published: 24-03-2023 | 13:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
According to the World Supply Chain Finance Report 2022, supply chain finance fund volumes showed a significant increase in 2021 over 2020 as the global volume rose by 38% to $1.8 billion and funds in use by 41% to $713 billion.


[Column] Thabiso Foto: Fintech is a path to democratised financial services
Published: 24-03-2023 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech has played a significant role in democratizing access to financial services across Africa in the past decade.


Insurtech startup Turaco and Airtel Money launch low-cost hospital cash insurance product in Uganda
Published: 23-03-2023 | 12:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan and Ugandan insurtech startup Turaco, has partnered with Airtel Mobile and Prudential Assurance to launch a low-cost hospital cash insurance product with Funeral Benefit. 


[Interview] Patrick Mehrhoff, CEO and Founder, Mehrhoff Digital, Estonia
Published: 22-03-2023 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Patrick Mehrhoff is the Founder and CEO of Mehrhoff Digital, a Tallinn-based marketing consultancy for financial services.


SPJIMR launches innovative accelerator programme for startups in finance industry
Published: 22-03-2023 | 12:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Centre for Financial Innovation (CFI) at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research has announced the launch of 'SPJIMR FinNovate Accelerator' in partnership with Mumbai Angels.


[Column] Takalane Khashane: Building a digital, sustainable bank for the future
Published: 20-03-2023 | 14:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Banking, like many other sectors, has responded to rapid change and evolving customer needs by developing a digital strategy. 


VION Investments offers immediate funding to companies affected by SVB and Signature Bank collapse
Published: 15-03-2023 | 12:36:26 | By: Pie Kamau
The collapse of SVB Bank and Signature Bank, the largest such failures since 2008, have sent shockwaves through the financial markets, hitting startups and companies reliant on venture capital hardest.


African fintech Flutterwave secures two additional licenses in Rwanda
Published: 15-03-2023 | 11:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flutterwave, Africa's payments technology company, has announced that it has received its Electronic Money Issuer and Remittance Licenses from the National Bank of Rwanda.


[Column] Luigi Marinus: Benefits of diversification during market volatility
Published: 13-03-2023 | 11:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Recently volatility has increased in markets as sensitivity to news flow, particularly with regard to global inflation, has increased.


How DeFi is disrupting traditional banking and financial services
Published: 08-03-2023 | 10:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The traditional banking and financial services industry has long been the cornerstone of the global economy. It has provided access to capital, enabled trade, and facilitated financial transactions for centuries.


[Column] Darryl Pietersen: Improving innovation and technology for gender equality in Ghana
Published: 07-03-2023 | 13:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The digital revolution is fully underway, and the technology industry is reshaping our world. While it looks quite innovative and revolutionary from the outside, women remain a dramatically underrepresented group.


Hong Kong insurtech startup Bowtie appoints James Lau as Independent Non-Executive Director
Published: 02-03-2023 | 09:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bowtie, Hong Kong’s first virtual insurer, announced the appointment of James Lau to its Board of Directors as an Independent Non-Executive Director.


[Interview] Fedir Ted Martynov, CEO, CARMACHAIN, Nigeria
Published: 28-02-2023 | 14:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ted Martynov leads CARMACHAIN, a fintech outfit operating in Nigeria that enables credit data for lenders in markets underserved by credit bureaus.


Hong Kong insurtech startup Bowtie revolutionalizes traditional insurance industry with technology
Published: 28-02-2023 | 12:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
In today’s digital age, many industries have begun to introduce emerging technologies to develop innovative services. The transformation and upgrading of the insurance industry is also in full swing.


[Column] Didi Onwu: Understanding youth entrepreneurship in Kenya - why fintech is an attractive sector
Published: 23-02-2023 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Boasting one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, Kenya is on the rise to become a powerhouse of innovation on the continent. This is largely in part due to the country’s thriving culture of entrepreneurship and its significant startup ecosystem.


Munich-based finway raises $10m Series A funding to reimagine spend management for European SMBs
Published: 23-02-2023 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
finway, the German finance operating system for SMBs, has raised €9.2 million in a Series A round from Capital 49, an early stage venture fund led by founders of global fintech unicorn Airwallex.


Decentralized finance companies are shifting from centralization, Plug and Play
Published: 22-02-2023 | 14:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Decentralized finance, commonly referred to as DeFi, is an emerging technology aimed at building a new financial system that is open to everyone and does not depend on traditional financial intermediaries, such as banks, lenders, etc.


[Interview] Mikhail Marchenko, Co-founder, JuicyScore, Kenya
Published: 21-02-2023 | 10:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mikhail Marchenko is the Co-founder of JuicyScore, which recently launched its operations in Kenya. JuicyScore offers anti-fraud and risk management solutions to digital lenders, insurance companies, e-commerce and classifieds.


SC Ventures partners with Yabx to expand access to financial services in Africa
Published: 20-02-2023 | 14:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SC Ventures announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yabx , a company incubated by Comviva and part of the Mahindra Group, to address a deep need for responsible consumer finance in Africa.


IFC, DEG, Hollard, and Yellowwoods invest in South African insurtech startup Naked to boost insurance accessibility
Published: 17-02-2023 | 09:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IFC, the German Development Finance Institution (DEG), Hollard, and Yellowwoods, jointly announced an investment in South African insurtech company Naked to expand access to insurance products.


Kenyan fintech startup Power Financial raises $3m seed funding to accelerate growth
Published: 16-02-2023 | 12:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Power Financial Wellness, a Kenyan fintech startup that seeks to advance the financial well-being of its customers has secured a $3 million seed funding.


Swiss startup Taurus raises $65m to further develop its digital asset platform, fuel international expansion
Published: 14-02-2023 | 08:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Taurus, the digital asset infrastructure provider for financial institutions in Europe, announced a $65 million Series B capital raise from strategic investors.


Nigerian fintech startup Trade Lenda raises $520K in pre-seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 13-02-2023 | 10:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Trade Lenda, a Nigerian fintech startup that helps micro, small, and informal retailers with access to financing for their business needs, has raised $520K in pre-seed funding to speed its growth.


Binance: a leader in blockchain for social good
Published: 13-02-2023 | 09:25:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has established itself not only as a leader in the finance industry but also as a force for social good through its charity initiatives.


Is ethereum better than bitcoin?
Published: 13-02-2023 | 09:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
People find it very complicated to deal with the cryptocurrency market, but nowadays, it is getting even more sophisticated than earlier.


Nigerian fintech Flutterwave expands into North Africa with new Egypt payments licenses
Published: 10-02-2023 | 08:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flutterwave, Africa's payments technology company, has announced that it has received its Payment Services Provider and Payments Facilitator licenses in Egypt.


Kenyan government drops fraud charges against Nigerian fintech Flutterwave
Published: 08-02-2023 | 09:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Kenyan government has dropped charges of financial impropriety against Flutterwave, according to a new report by Bloomberg.


Spanish fintech startup Snab closes €1.1m investment round to grow its B2B payments platform
Published: 06-02-2023 | 14:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Snab, the Spanish payment platform that allows payments and transfers between companies in one click, has raised €1.1 million in its first funding round.


South African digital lender Lulalend raises $35m Series B funding to accelerate growth
Published: 06-02-2023 | 14:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lulalend, a South African digital lender offering funding options for businesses. has raised $35 million in Series B funding to accelerate the growth of its loan book and bring new solutions to the market.


Finance software startup Quartr signs API deal with Nordnet to enhance informed investment decisions
Published: 06-02-2023 | 12:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Finance software startup Quartr signed an API deal with Nordnet, the online broker in the Nordic region, reaching almost two million customers.


Portuguese startup Coverflex closes €15m Series A round to expand its Compensation OS in Europe
Published: 01-02-2023 | 11:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Portuguese startup Coverflex closed €15m Series A round, to expand its Compensation OS in yet another European market, the Italian one!


Hatchfi launches out of beta, raises $1.2m pre-seed to enable fintech apps bridge the gap to Web3
Published: 31-01-2023 | 10:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hatchfi, a crypto integration platform that allows users to seamlessly connect crypto accounts to any app like they would a bank account, launched out of beta on the heels of a $1.2 million pre-seed raise.


Adenia Partners announces $300m first close for fund V
Published: 31-01-2023 | 10:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Adenia Partners , a private markets investment firm committed to responsible investing and a sustainable Africa, has announced the first close of its fifth flagship fund, Adenia Capital (V) L.P. with $300 million commitments from investors.


European digital asset platform Bitpanda launches SaaS product for banks, fintechs
Published: 30-01-2023 | 09:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bitpanda, a European digital asset platform, announced the launch of Bitpanda Technology Solutions, the most scalable Investing-as a-service infrastructure available in Europe and globally.


Next-gen employee payments startup Grazzy raises $4.25m to power hospitality's future of digital tips
Published: 24-01-2023 | 12:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Grazzy, a next-gen employee payments platform, announced a $4.25 million seed funding from Next Coast Ventures and Tuesday Capital to fuel expansion and growth of its digital tipping.


5 key insurance industry trends in EMEA region according to Plug and Play
Published: 23-01-2023 | 13:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Insurance industry trends over the past year have been significant, especially across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.


[Column] Mikhail Marchenko: Major fintech trends that will affect online businesses in 2023
Published: 20-01-2023 | 09:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digitalization and technological achievements, which have been observed in the African region for the past decade, have sped up the inevitable processes in fintech, changing its landscape completely.


Matchstick Ventures-backed startup Bean emerges from stealth to democratize the market for accounting services
Published: 20-01-2023 | 08:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bean, a Matchstick Ventures-backed digital accounting startup, announced it emerged from stealth to democratize the market for accounting services.


YouBiz research reveals key trends and challenges facing Southeast Asian SMEs in 2023
Published: 19-01-2023 | 11:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
YouBiz, the SME spend management platform by YouTrip, launched its first whitepaper studying emerging business spending trends and key business priorities for SME in 2023.


Tax and accounting solution provider TaxBit acquires digital asset accounting startup Tactic
Published: 18-01-2023 | 14:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TaxBit, the tax and accounting provider for the digital asset economy, announced the acquisition of Tactic, a digital asset financial accounting platform that offers a streamlined accounting subledger.


Finance software startup Quartr partners with Lightyear to bring free and easy-to-access company information for investors across Europe
Published: 18-01-2023 | 14:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Finance software startup Quartr, signed an API deal with Lightyear, an online broker based in London, serving customers in 20 countries across Europe.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara raises $3m seed extension
Published: 17-01-2023 | 14:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Kwara has raised a $3 million seed extension. The new investment was led by existing backers DOB Equity, Globivest and the founder of Kobalt Music.


Nigerian fintech firm TeamApt reaches annualized payments volume of $170 billion, rebrands to Moniepoint
Published: 16-01-2023 | 12:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TeamApt Incorporated, the business banking platform in Nigeria, has adopted the name of its flagship product - Moniepoint, a testament to its success as the all-in-one digital banking solution for businesses.


Fintech startup PayUp partners with property management software provider ResMan
Published: 13-01-2023 | 08:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PayUp, a Rex company, announced it has partnered with ResMan, a property management system that drives profitability and efficiency for nearly a thousand property management companies across the U.S.


Finance software startup Quartr signs deal with Swedish online broker Avanza
Published: 12-01-2023 | 09:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Finance software startup Quartr, announced it has passed a significant milestone on its mission to bring the financial community closer together by signing a breakthrough API deal with Sweden's online broker Avanza.


Insurance provider Vouch acquires lending startup Level to scale tech-driven underwriting systems
Published: 12-01-2023 | 08:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vouch, an insurance provider re-thinking business insurance for the technology industry, announced it has acquired lending startup Level and its team of engineers.


Philly-based insurtech startup Propeller Bonds raises $6.4m seed funding to accelerate growth
Published: 11-01-2023 | 10:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Philly-based insurtech Propeller, announced it has raised $6.4 million in seed funding led by a consortium of industry partners.


Plesion Capital invests $500,000 funding in Ugandan fintech platform Xeno
Published: 09-01-2023 | 10:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plesion Capital announced its formation as a social impact venture capital firm focused on partnering with mission-based entrepreneurs and companies to combat poverty around the world.


Mendoza Ventures closes $100m early growth fintech fund anchored by Bank of America
Published: 09-01-2023 | 09:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mendoza Ventures, a Latinx-founded Fintech, AI, and Cybersecurity Venture Capital firm, has achieved a first close on its third fund.


Top 5 cryptocurrencies that increased and decreased their price due to the merge
Published: 09-01-2023 | 09:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The definitive elimination of Ethereum mining generated the greatest expectation regarding the migration of miners to the ETH network, to the point that the cryptocurrency market was expected to have an upward behavior that would undoubtedly benefit all investors.


Regent Bank names Peter Mullen as Director of Venture and Tech Banking
Published: 04-01-2023 | 14:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Regent Bank has named Peter Mullen Director of Venture and Tech Banking, as the migration of talent from traditional innovation hubs like the Bay Area and NYC continues to Midwestern cities.


Fintech enabler Ukheshe secures Series A funding to accelerate international expansion
Published: 22-12-2022 | 10:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ukheshe International, the UK-headquartered division of digital-first, Banking as a Service (BaaS) enabler Ukheshe, announced the conclusion of an investment agreement that will help accelerate its international expansion.


Dutch scale ups face €500b financing gap, report
Published: 20-12-2022 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Venture Capital firm Lakestar released The €500 Billion Dutch Financing Gap report, which delves into the Netherland’s strong heritage in scaling growth companies and how it can create the next wave of companies for the future.


Visa announces grant to help African women fund managers grow their businesses
Published: 16-12-2022 | 13:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Visa has announced a grant towards the African Women Impact Fund (AWIF), a collaboration between Standard Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).


European fintech Novicap raises €200m for its Credit platform as it hits €1b transaction volume milestone
Published: 14-12-2022 | 09:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Novicap, the European fintech providing end-to-end working capital solutions, announced it has raised a €200 million debt facility from London-based asset manager, Fasanara Capital. 


How do decentralized systems and crypto work together?
Published: 12-12-2022 | 08:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Decentralization is an essential feature of cryptocurrency. The transfer of money, investment, or trading is not in the control of the local governments.


HashKey and SEBA Bank partner to accelerate institutional adoption of digital assets in Hong Kong and Switzerland
Published: 05-12-2022 | 10:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HashKey and SEBA Bank announced a partnership to leverage their digital asset service offerings as well as custody and asset management products to accelerate institutional adoption of digital assets.


Kenyan fintech startup Hisa unveils realtime stocks trading
Published: 30-11-2022 | 11:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech startup Hisa has launched an application that allows Kenyans to invest in the stock market directly from their phones using mobile money.


Nigerian fintech startup Pivo raises $2m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 30-11-2022 | 11:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Pivo, announced the closing of $2 million seed round with participation from Precursor Ventures, Vested World, Y Combinator, FoundersX and existing investor, Mercy Corp Ventures.


MyMonty calls to all banks, MNOs and startups: the time for digitization is now!
Published: 28-11-2022 | 09:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
In 1998, Mountasser Hachem founded Monty Holding, which has since become a giant in the telco sector, achieving unprecedented global penetration.


Pathway Homes partners with social impact technology startup Savi to address student loan debt
Published: 21-11-2022 | 08:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pathway Homes (Pathway), a real estate platform with a mission to create more homeowners, announced it is partnering with impact tech company Savi to offer a tool to help Pathway customers manage their debt burden.


Nigerian money app Kuda launches in the UK
Published: 11-11-2022 | 07:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian money app Kuda, announced it is launching in the UK as part of a global expansion drive with a view to serving the cross-border transfer needs of UK-based Nigerians.


Dutch fintech venture Yabx expands into Nigeria
Published: 10-11-2022 | 13:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Yabx, a fintech venture headquartered at Netherlands, announced its foray into Nigerian markets with a mission to democratize credit across the country with its digital lending offerings.


Fintech startup Fordefi raises $18m seed round to launch institutional DeFi wallet and security platform
Published: 09-11-2022 | 11:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fordefi, a financial technology and software company, announced a $18 million seed round and the public launch of its institutional MPC wallet built for transacting on decentralized applications (dApps).


Nigerian lending startup Payhippo acquires Maritime Microfinance Bank
Published: 08-11-2022 | 14:15:54 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria’s credit-led SME fintech Payhippo has acquired Maritime Microfinance Bank (MFB), a financial institution specializing in saving products, demand deposits, and investments as well as micro and SME loans


What makes less investment assets score more?
Published: 08-11-2022 | 11:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Virtual currencies have the most significant advantage in that virtual currency is decentralized, meaning there is no central authority over them.


Reasons that might neglect the crypto growth
Published: 08-11-2022 | 11:04:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Virtual currencies have a lesser return than traditional financial assets such as stocks and bonds.


Doge Solar keeps fighting its way to the top
Published: 08-11-2022 | 11:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Doge Solar is the newest cryptocurrency that has come up in the digital mainstream and has already marked its presence in the market.


Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa lead fintech growth in Africa, Mastercard
Published: 04-11-2022 | 10:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
A report by payment services company Mastercard has revealed that South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya are among the most vibrant fintech markets in the continent.


Zest AI secures over $50m growth capital to advance the next generation of AI-automated underwriting
Published: 03-11-2022 | 09:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Zest AI, the leader in automating underwriting with more accurate and inclusive lending insights powered by AI, announced that the company has raised over $50 million in a new growth round.


Hong Kong and Singapore lead green fintech development among the five economies in the APEC region, study
Published: 31-10-2022 | 10:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GoImpact, together with The CUHK Business School, released the findings from their working paper, Exploring the Green Fintech Ecosystem in Asia: Insights from Five Economies in APEC.


London-based Sidekick raises £3.33m pre-seed to build a modern investment manager for today’s changing world
Published: 31-10-2022 | 07:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sidekick, a digital active investment manager built for today’s rapidly changing world, announced a £3.33 million pre-seed equity round led by Octopus Ventures.


GS1 Hong Kong unlocks the next generation of trade finance service for SMEs in China
Published: 31-10-2022 | 07:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GS1 Hong Kong (GS1 HK) announced it has welcomed the launch of Commercial Data Interchange (CDI) by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).


Fintech emerging as Africa’s most vibrant sector, study
Published: 28-10-2022 | 13:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech startups in Africa grew 81% in 2021, with South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya emerging as key hubs on the continent, found a Mastercard study on the state of fintech in African markets.


Kenyan fintech startup Tanda announces agency banking entry in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania
Published: 28-10-2022 | 13:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Tanda announced plans for agency banking entry in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania to accelerate growth within the East African markets.


Tanzanian fintech startup NALA enables Google Pay payments from the US and UK into Africa
Published: 28-10-2022 | 13:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NALA, a Tanzanian fintech startup facilitating remittances from the African diaspora in the UK and US, has integrated Google Pay into its suite of payment options for users.


Swiss settlement banking startup Arf raises $13m seed seed round to further develop its blockchain-based technology
Published: 26-10-2022 | 10:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Arf, the VQF-regulated global settlement banking platform using Web3 technologies has raised $13 million in a seed round with the participation of industry leaders.


Fintech startup Banyan raises $43m Series A to scale world's largest SKU data network
Published: 24-10-2022 | 14:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Banyan, the network for SKU data, announced it has raised $43 million Series A round led by Fin Capital and M13. The investment will accelerate Banyan's technology and infrastructure growth.


LHoFT announces15 fintech startups selected for CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa 2022 program
Published: 21-10-2022 | 09:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LHoFT has announced the 15 fintech startups that have been selected to participate in the fifth edition of the CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa program. 


Nigerian mobility fintech Moove raises £15m financing facility to scale UK operations
Published: 21-10-2022 | 08:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Moove announced it has raised £15 million in financing from Emso Asset Management to scale up its UK operations following a successful launch in August.


Mobile banking fintech NorthOne raises $67m Series B funding to accelerate growth across small business communities
Published: 17-10-2022 | 13:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NorthOne announced it has raised $67 million in Series B funding. With participation from new and existing investors, NorthOne is poised to further expand the reach of its business management platform.


Fintech market set for cooling and consolidation as macroeconomic factors bite, report
Published: 14-10-2022 | 12:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
In its latest 'State of European FinTech 2022’ report, fintech venture capital firm Finch Capital forecasts a period of cooling and consolidation across the fintech sector, as macroeconomic conditions grow more challenging.


Ugandan fintech startup Tugende raises $10m pre-Series B funding to increase portfolio growth
Published: 14-10-2022 | 11:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tugende, the innovative fintech platform for MSME credit and asset-financing in East Africa, closed in Q2 pre-Series B equity funding from existing shareholders led by Partech and two new investors, including Women’s World Banking.


BNP Paribas acquires London’s currency management automation fintech Kantox
Published: 12-10-2022 | 14:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
BNP Paribas announced the signature of an agreement for the acquisition of Kantox, a fintech for the automation of currency risk management.


Blockchain flow project in alliance with Meta
Published: 11-10-2022 | 08:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
It is the case of Flow, a technology that Meta has adopted. The latter wants to leap into NFTs, whose Facebook and Instagram applications seem ready to get involved with a fast blockchain project created by Dapper Labs.


Government processes could be sped up with the use of the blockchain
Published: 11-10-2022 | 08:08:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The vulnerability of the systems makes governments invest large amounts of money in applications that allow for transparent management and with the property registries inherent in the area where the new information technologies are expected to be applied


Digital Yuan- a better solution for remittance fees
Published: 11-10-2022 | 08:05:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Remittance is making money accessible to a third party and transferring it to them. Countries like India, China, the Philippines, and even Africa use this word often.


Buying a home with NFT
Published: 11-10-2022 | 08:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
When talking about NFT, many people usually relate them to any image created in JPEG format, which generally has a reasonably high value.


Uganda’s digital lending startup Numida raises $12.3 million funding to grow offerings
Published: 07-10-2022 | 14:43:51 | By: Bob Koigi
Uganda's Digital Lender Numida has secured a $12.3 million pre-Series A round of equity and debt funding to help it expand its team and move into new markets.


APA insurance unveils new payment plan for comprehensive car insurance
Published: 05-10-2022 | 12:49:35 | By: Bob Koigi
The comprehensive car insurance payments are made over 12 months which allows clients to spread the cost over the course of a year.


Fintech startup Tongo raises $7m seed funding to accelerate growth in its real estate market
Published: 30-09-2022 | 10:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tongo, a fintech company realigning income and expenses for the commission economy, announced it has raised $7 million in seed funding. 


Dallas-based workforce finance startup Meritize taps JP Morgan vet as Business Development VP
Published: 27-09-2022 | 15:55:56 | By: Pie Kamau
Meritize, developer of merit-based financing solutions and a technology platform that connects career starters and mid-career professionals with high-impact skills training, announced it has hired Jeff Parks as the firm's Vice President of Business Development.


Ghanaian fintech SecondSTAX raises $1.6m pre-seed funding to expand to other countries
Published: 27-09-2022 | 15:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ghanaian fintech SecondSTAX (Secondary Securities Trading and Aggregation eXchange), announced it has raised $1.6 million in pre-seed funding from private investors and venture capital firms, including LoftyInc Capital and STEMeIn.


West african fintech startup Julaya raises $5m extension round to expand its operations
Published: 26-09-2022 | 13:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Julaya, a fintech stratup based in Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and France, announced it has raised $5 million extension round led by European venture capital fund Speedinvest to expand its operations in West Africa.


Crypto tax reporting app Binocs nets $4m funding round as it adds institutional investors to retail base
Published: 22-09-2022 | 13:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Crypto tax reporting app Binocs has announced a $4 million fundraise to cater to institutional crypto investors and enter geographies like the US, UK, Australia etc.


Nigerian fintech startup Kippa launches business registration platform to support SMEs
Published: 22-09-2022 | 10:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Kippa has launched Kippa Start, a business registration platform to enable Nigerian MSMEs scale through their businesses.


Ethiopian fintech startup Chapa launches online payment gateway service for businesses
Published: 22-09-2022 | 10:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ethiopian fintech startup Chapa has launched an online payment gateway to enable businesses accept payments from people worldwide.


Gradient Ventures leads $6m investment in LatAm's tax-technology startup Heru
Published: 20-09-2022 | 16:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Heru, an AI-based tax platform that simplifies the tax-filing process and provides intelligent insights for future filings, announced a $6 million seed round led by Gradient Ventures, Google's AI-focused venture fund. 


Nigerian blockchain payments startup Bitmama closes $2m pre-seed round to scale growth
Published: 20-09-2022 | 15:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian blockchain payments startup Bitmama announced a pre-seed extension of $1.65 million, adding to the $350,000 it received last October, thus closing the round at $2 million led by Unicorn Growth Capital and Launch Africa.


African fintech startup Flutterwave launches eNaira payments for businesses in Nigeria
Published: 16-09-2022 | 11:06:57 | By: Pie Kamau
Flutterwave, Africa's payments technology company announced its merchants can now process payments in eNaira, the Nigerian digital currency issued and distributed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.


Nigerian fintech startup Kippa raises $8.4m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 16-09-2022 | 09:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Kippa has raised $8.4 million in an oversubscribed seed round led by Goodwater Capital, TEN13 VC, Rocketship VC, Saison Capital, Crestone VC, VentureSouq, Horizon Partners, and Vibe Capital.


Fintech startup Power emerges from stealth with $16.1m seed funding and $300m credit facility
Published: 15-09-2022 | 09:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Power, a fintech startup with plans to reshape global commerce, has finally teased early progress as it emerges from stealth with $16.1m in seed funding, a $300m credit facility, and a fast-growing list of customers.


Nigerian fintech startup NowNow raises $13m seed round to expand across Africa
Published: 09-09-2022 | 11:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup NowNow Digital Systems has raised  $13 million in its seed round for expansion across Africa.


Waya digital banking startup for African immigrants goes official
Published: 09-09-2022 | 11:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Waya, a Kenyan and US-based fintech startup has announced the official launch of its full-service digital bank and money transfer app targeting the African Diaspora. 


Fintech startup Duplo raises $4.3m seed funding to transform business-to-business payments in Nigeria
Published: 09-09-2022 | 11:14:08 | By: Pie Kamau
Duplo, a business-to-business payment platform that makes it easier for African businesses of all sizes to pay each other, has raised $4.3 million in seed funding to launch new products and expand into new business verticals in Nigeria.


African fintech startup Flutterwave secures switching and processing license from Central Bank of Nigeria
Published: 05-09-2022 | 14:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flutterwave, Africa's payments technology company has been granted a Switching and Processing License by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), widely regarded as CBN's most valuable payments processing license.


Nigerian mobility fintech Moove joins forces with Uber UK to bring electric vehicles to London
Published: 01-09-2022 | 14:42:44 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech moblity startup Moove has announced its launch in London as part of its global expansion through a new partnership with Uber. 


Kenyan fintech startup Pezesha raises $11m to expand across Africa
Published: 01-09-2022 | 14:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pezesha, a Kenyan fintech that has built a platform where small and medium enterprises can access funding, has raised $11 million in a pre-series A equity and debt funding.


Swedish payment startup Billogram raises €15m to accelerate growth in Europe and the DACH region
Published: 31-08-2022 | 11:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swedish invoicing and payment startup Billogram has raised €15 million in funding round led by Swisscom Ventures, with participation from Partech, CNI Nordic and Inbox Capital.


Nigerian fintech startup Grey raises $2m to simplify cross-border payments across Africa
Published: 29-08-2022 | 15:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Grey has raised $2 million in seed funding to simplify cross-border payments across Africa. The seed funding round included participation from Y Combinator, Soma Capital, Heirloom Fund and other high-profile investors.


[Startup Interview] Collins Kathuli, Co-founder and CEO, Kyanda, Kenya
Published: 24-08-2022 | 15:21:37 | By: Bob Koigi
Kyanda is a Kenyan fintech startup that offers Digital Financial Services to businesses, SMEs and citizens.


Pomelo fintech launches with $20m seed capital
Published: 17-08-2022 | 15:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pomelo announced a Series Seed of $20 million in venture capital and $50m in warehouse facility for a total of $70m in seed financing, and is the first company to combine credit and international money transfer.


SaaS startup Klavi raises $15m to grow open finance solution, develop new B2B products
Published: 15-08-2022 | 12:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Klavi, a SaaS platform in data aggregation, analytics, and API services, who aims to empower companies with its Open Finance solutions , has just received an investment of $15 million.


Income verification startup Truework raises $50m Series C funding to accelerate growth
Published: 10-08-2022 | 12:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Truework, a fintech startup that provides income and employment verification for the nation's largest mortgage, auto, and consumer lenders to approve more borrowers in a fraction of the time, announced it raised $50 million in Series C funding.


Kenyan insurtech startup Lami Technologies raises $3.7m to expand across Africa
Published: 05-08-2022 | 11:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenya-based insurtech startup Lami Technologies has raised a $ 3.7 million seed extension to expand its insurtech product across Africa.


Kenyan wealth-tech startup Ndovu partners with Tulix to empower Africa’s diaspora to invest back home
Published: 01-08-2022 | 11:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Africa’s wealth management platform Ndovu has announced a strategic partnership withTulix, an Antler & Catalyst Fund portfolio company.


Fintech startup CoinFlip raises $1m initiative to support emerging Web 3.0 startups
Published: 27-07-2022 | 15:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CoinFlip, a fintech company powered by cryptocurrency, announced the launch of CoinFlip Ventures, a new initiative that will support Web 3.0 based startup companies.


Fintech startup Bizao raises €8m Series A funding to accelerate its footprint across Africa
Published: 26-07-2022 | 10:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bizao, a fintech that facilitates payments for both local and international businesses operating in Africa, announced a €8 million Series A funding to accelerate its geographical footprint across the continent and invest in the design of new lines of products and services.


Nigerian fintech infrastructure startup Bloc acquires payments company Orchestrate
Published: 26-07-2022 | 10:24:55 | By: Pie Kamau
Bloc, the Nigerian fintech infrastructure provider, has announced the acquisition of Orchestrate (previously Getwallets), a proprietary payments orchestration startup that gives businesses instant access to multiple payment providers with one integration.


Sudanese fintech startup Bloom nabs $6.5m backed by Y Combinator, GFC and Visa
Published: 25-07-2022 | 12:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bloom, a Sudan-based fintech that offers a high-yield savings account and adjacent digital banking services, announced it has raised a $6.5 million seed round, after an undisclosed pre-seed round last year.


Yamaha partners with Nigerian startup MAX for vehicle financing and maintenance
Published: 22-07-2022 | 09:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Moto Business Service Nigeria (MBSN), a subsidiary of Japan’s Yamaha Motor Corporation, announced a strategic partnership with Metro Africa Xpress (MAX), to finance and maintain over 50,000 vehicles over the next 2 years.


Social impact fintech DreamStart Labs partners with BRAC Bank to reach unbanked women in Bangladesh
Published: 20-07-2022 | 09:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DreamStart Labs, a fintech for emerging markets, and BRAC Bank, a commercial bank in Bangladesh, have entered into an agreement to provide digital financial services to unbanked women in Bangladesh.


Stori becomes Mexico's newest Unicorn after raising $150m round of financing, valuing the startup at $1.2b
Published: 18-07-2022 | 11:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Stori, a fintech company offering credit card products to Mexico's underserved population, announced a $150 million round of financing, valuing the company at $1.2 billion, achieving a "Unicorn" status.


Flagstar Bank completes third MortgageTech Accelerator program
Published: 15-07-2022 | 12:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flagstar Bank announced it has wrapped up its third MortgageTech Accelerator program - the first and only accelerator in the United States solely dedicated to mortgage technology.


Celo announces new Web3 fund for African startups adopting crypto strategies
Published: 13-07-2022 | 14:35:44 | By: Pie Kamau
Mobile-first blockchain ecosystem Celo has launched a new programme to support African startups across payments, remittances, virtual assets, savings, and related financial services.


Nigerian fintech startup CARMACHAIN hits over 80 million consumer profiles
Published: 11-07-2022 | 10:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup CARMACHAIN announced it has hit over 80 million consumer profiles. This milestone is a major move for CARMACHAIN as it takes another step forward in realising its mission of decentralising data.


Quantitative investment firm Hidden Road raises $50m to accelerate access to traditional and digital markets
Published: 11-07-2022 | 10:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hidden Road, the global credit network for institutional investors, announced the closing of $50 million Series A funding, led by Castle Island Ventures,


London-based fintech startup Griffin raises $15m to become the bank fintechs can build on
Published: 08-07-2022 | 13:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Griffin, a Banking as a Service (BaaS) fintech firm, announced it has raised $15.5 million funding to launch the OS for embedded finance.


ING Ventures invests in OpenFin to accelerate growth across the financial industry
Published: 06-07-2022 | 13:54:23 | By: Pie Kamau
OpenFin, the operating system (OS) of enterprise productivity, announced it has secured a strategic investment from ING Ventures, the venture capital arm of ING.


Crescent fintech raises $5m pre-seed round, launches platform to help companies improve cash management
Published: 06-07-2022 | 13:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Crescent, a fintech best known for crypto-backed high yields, announced it has raised $5 million pre-seed round from strategic angels and tech founders.


Israeli fintech and capital markets startup Deshe Analytics raises $6.5m funding to expand to international markets
Published: 06-07-2022 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli fintech and capital markets startup Deshe Analytics announced a $6.5 million seed funding round led by Group 11.


African fintech Flutterwave appoints Gurbhej Dhillon as new CTO
Published: 06-07-2022 | 11:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flutterwave, Africa’s payments technology company, announced the appointment of former Goldman Sachs’ Managing Director, Gurbhej Dhillon as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).


Nigerian fintech startup Mono launches in Kenya
Published: 06-07-2022 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mono, a Nigerian fintech startup that builds open banking infrastructure to enable access to customer financial data and bank payments for digital businesses in Africa, announced it has expanded its services to Kenya.


London-based invoice intelligence platform Xelix completes $5m Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 04-07-2022 | 15:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Invoice intelligence platform Xelix announced it has successfully completed the Series A funding round, raising $5 million.


BII invests $20m in African mobility fintech Moove to strengthen the informal transport industry
Published: 01-07-2022 | 14:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The British International Investment (BII), the UK government’s Development Finance Institution (DFI), announced a $20 million, 4-year structured credit investment in Moove, a mobility fintech democratising access to vehicle ownership in Africa.


Swiss startup Numarics secures leading position in European fintech with $2.2m funding
Published: 30-06-2022 | 15:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swiss fintech startup Numarics is on its way to becoming the standard for state-of-the-art financial management and accounting for creators and small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe.


Real-time compensation platform Pave raises $100m Series C funding, acquires Option Impact
Published: 29-06-2022 | 11:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pave, the real time compensation platform that helps companies plan, communicate and benchmark against the market, announced it has raised $100 million in Series C funding and acquired Advanced-HR from Morgan Stanley.


Indonesian startup Mapan secures $15m Series A funding to enhance financial access and inclusion
Published: 29-06-2022 | 11:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mapan, an Indonesia-based leading startup focused on eliminating barriers to financial access for the masses in the country, announced it has closed a successful Series A round of $15 million.


London, Malta-based fintech CityFALCON raises $2m funding to scale growth
Published: 24-06-2022 | 10:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
London and Malta based fintech CityFALCON closed an equity fundraising campaign on Seedrs of $2 million to scale up the business and bring even more insightful products to market faster.


Kenyan startup unveils innovation that supervises spending for dependents
Published: 22-06-2022 | 15:06:03 | By: Bob Koigi
A Supervised Payment is a Digital Escrow Payment sent by a guardian to a dependent with the former setting the parameters of funds usage and the app supervising the actual use of the funds by the dependent.


Nibble Health startup raises $8.5m to humanize healthcare payments
Published: 22-06-2022 | 15:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nibble Health, a B2B healthcare payments company, announced a $8.5 million seed round co-led by Wing Venture Capital and Tiger Global Management, with participation from A* Capital and Expa.


Nigerian fintech firm VeendHQ secures $330k pre-seed investment to expand operations, scale growth
Published: 21-06-2022 | 14:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech firm VeendHQ announced it has secured $330k pre-seed fund, backed by Magic Fund, The Oak Capital, Future Africa, Berrywood Capital and other angel investors, to expand its operations and scale growth.


Ugandan fintech platform Tugende closes pre-Series B investment round to accelerate growth
Published: 21-06-2022 | 14:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tugende, the East African fintech platform providing asset financing and digital services to small businesses, announced it has raised a pre-Series B investment round led by current shareholder Partech Africa.


Kenyan insurtech startup mTek secures $3m funding for expansion across the country
Published: 21-06-2022 | 14:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
On the heels of a recent $1.50 million (KSh 170 million) investment, Kenyan insurtech startup mTek has secured an additional $3 million (KSh 340 million) investment, through both debt and equity from African-focused fintech platform, Finclusion Group.


Insurtech startup INSTANDA raises $45m to fund its next phase of growth
Published: 20-06-2022 | 12:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
INSTANDA, the no-code core insurance platform provider has announced the closing of its $45 million fundraising led by Toscafund, one of Europe’s leading Growth Equity investment firms for financial services companies.


MFS Africa raises $100m funding to accelerate its expansion plans across Africa and Asia
Published: 17-06-2022 | 14:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MFS Africa, Africa’s digital payments network, announced it has secured an additional $100 million in equity and debt funding led by Admaius Capital Partners, taking the total amount raised in the series to $200 million.


South Africa's Private equity fund PAPE acquires interest in fintech provider Entersekt
Published: 17-06-2022 | 13:58:34 | By: Pie Kamau
Entersekt, a global player in device identity and payment authentication, announced a new investment from PAPE Fund 3 (PAPE), a mid-market South African private equity fund.


Y Combinator-backed Proper Finance raises $4.3m to create an integrated reconciliation software for fintechs
Published: 16-06-2022 | 16:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Proper Finance, the integrated reconciliation and ledger data platform that enables financial technology companies to maintain complete financial accuracy, closed a $4.3 million seed round


Financial wellness startup Benny closes $1m pre-seed round to help employees build wealth with their benefits
Published: 16-06-2022 | 15:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Benny, the platform helping consumers build wealth with their benefits, announced its graduation from Techstars Boulder and the closing of a $1 million pre-seed funding round, led by Matchstick Ventures.


Kenyan fintech startup Power Financial Wellness partners with Penda Health to extend healthcare services to users
Published: 14-06-2022 | 12:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech Power Financial Wellness has signed a partnership agreement with private healthcare solutions provider, Penda Health, to see both companies mutually benefit from their tech services.


Business identity startup Middesk raises $57m Series B round to accelerate growth
Published: 10-06-2022 | 12:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Middesk, the business identity platform automating business verification and underwriting decisions, announced it has raised $57 million in a Series B round, co-led by New York-based private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners.


Dutch fintech Backbase secures €120m funding to accelerate growth
Published: 09-06-2022 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dutch financial technology company Backbase, the creator of the category-leading Engagement Banking platform, raised €120 million in growth equity funding from Motive Partners.


Nigerian fintech startup Indicina raises $3m seed funding to expand into other African markets
Published: 08-06-2022 | 12:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Indicina announced it has raised $3 million in seed funding round to foster its commitment to the credit value chain.


Ugandan fintech startup Eversend rebrands, announces new features
Published: 06-06-2022 | 12:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eversend, a Ugandan fintech startup providing cross-border money transfers for Africans and Africans in the diaspora has rebranded, to reinforce its commitment to users with an all-inclusive payment platform and a modified look to support this transition.


Binance Labs closes $500m investment fund to boost blockchain, Web3 and value-building technologies
Published: 03-06-2022 | 11:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubation arm of Binance, announced the closing of $500 million investment fund to invest in projects that can extend the use cases of cryptocurrencies.


UAE fintech startup Pemo launches all-in-one spend management platform for MENA SMEs
Published: 01-06-2022 | 10:32:24 | By: Pie Kamau
Pemo, the UAE-based fintech startup empowering businesses across the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP),has announced that it has launched its all-in-one spend management platform.


Dutch BNPL fintech in3 raises $85.3m series B round to expand in the Netherlands, launch in Germany
Published: 31-05-2022 | 13:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
in3, a Dutch 'Buy-Now-Pay-Later' (BNPL) fintech, announced a $85.3 million Series B funding round from the British VC Force over Mass, U.S. institutional asset manager Waterfall Asset Management LLC and Dutch investor Finch Capital.


Nigerian fintech startup Grey partners with Cellulant for East Africa expansion
Published: 30-05-2022 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Grey, announced the launch of its service to East Africa starting with Kenya in partnership with payments company, Cellulant.


Cryptocurrency startup ZenLedger raises $15m Series B funding to expand crypto tax solutions
Published: 25-05-2022 | 15:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ZenLedger, a global player in cryptocurrency data analysis, accounting, and tax, announced the close of its $15 million Series B funding.