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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.


London-based fintech Paddle acquires ProfitWell to automate payments infrastructure for SaaS companies
Published: 25-05-2022 | 14:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paddle, the complete payments infrastructure for SaaS companies, announced it has acquired ProfitWell, the provider of subscription metrics and retention automation software.


Fintech startup Consilient raises $3m seed funding round to develop next-gen financial crime compliance technology
Published: 24-05-2022 | 16:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Consilient, a fintech innovator aiming to transform financial crime compliance, announced it has secured a private $3 million seed funding round.


Kenyan fintech startup Hisa joins the NVIDIA Inception Programme
Published: 23-05-2022 | 17:22:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Hisa App, a Kenyan mobile investment platform that allows anyone in Kenya to invest in U.S. stocks and ETFs using mobile money, announced it was selected to join the NVIDIA Inception programme.


Pan-African fintech app Bamba raises $3.2m seed funding to scale growth
Published: 23-05-2022 | 17:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Bamba secured $3.2 million in seed funding to scale its app and build out its team. Venture capital firm 468 Capital led the round with participation from Presight Ventures.


Fintech startup MooveBeta merges with ImpalaPay to provide a connected economy for Africa
Published: 20-05-2022 | 11:30:30 | By: Pie Kamau
Adanian Labs Africa incubated fintech startup MooveBeta has announced its merger with ImpalaPay, a fintech blockchain company with operations across 42 African countries and 134 worldwide.


Banking-as-a-Service startup Unit raises $100m Series C round to accelerate product development
Published: 18-05-2022 | 13:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Unit, the banking-as-a-service platform that empowers companies to embed financial services in their products, announced it has raised a $100 million in a Series C round led by global software investor Insight Partners.


Fintech startup GravyStack raises $5.2m to launch gamified financial literacy banking platform for kids & teens
Published: 13-05-2022 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Serial entrepreneurs Scott Donnell and Travis Adams have raised a $5.2 million seed round led by Altrus Capital and a pool of private investors to launch the GravyStack financial literacy app.


Fintech startup BridgerPay raises $6m seed round for self-onboarding payment operations platform
Published: 11-05-2022 | 13:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
BridgerPay, a Limassol, Cyprus-based payment operations platform provider, raised $6 million in seed (equity and secondary) funding, to build the world's first self-onboarding payment operations platform.


Danish startup Januar raises €6m to provide crypto gate for Europe
Published: 06-05-2022 | 09:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Danish startup Januar ApS, announced the closing of €6 million round to become the leading one-stop crypto gate for European businesses, serving the growing crypto and digital asset industry with a market cap of $2 trillion.


South African fintech firm Hello Pay launches new mPOS device for SMEs
Published: 06-05-2022 | 08:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech firm Hello Pay has launched a new high-end Android Mobile point-of-sale solutions (mPOS) for local merchants and SMEs.


Viva Technology, IFC announce 45 emerging African startups to compete for the 2022 AfricaTech Awards
Published: 04-05-2022 | 13:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Viva Technology and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), announced the top 45 startups that have been long-listed for the first edition of the AfricaTech Awards.


Lithuanian fintech startup kevin. secures $65m to disrupt payments sector, unlock open banking
Published: 04-05-2022 | 13:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
kevin., the Lithuanian fintech startup providing an advanced A2A (account-to-account) payment infrastructure to replace costly card transactions, announced it has secured $65 million in Series A funding.


CcHUB, Google unveil 9 startups selected for the Fintech Incubation Programme
Published: 29-04-2022 | 13:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria’s technology innovation centre Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) in collaboration with Google, Ministry of ICT and Innovation Rwanda, and Mojaloop Foundation, announced the nine startups selected for the Fintech Incubation Programme


Solana-based DeFi startup Delta One raises $9.1m to build 'set-and-forget' yield farming protocol
Published: 22-04-2022 | 14:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Delta One, a Solana-based DeFi protocol, announced it raised $9.1 million seed round led by Alameda Research and Ship Capital, with participation from Solana Ventures.


UK-based fintech startup Paysend opens Americas headquarters in Miami
Published: 20-04-2022 | 13:19:49 | By: Pie Kamau
Paysend, the UK-based fintech with over 6.5 million customers, announced the opening of its Americas headquarters in Miami.


Nigerian fintech startup ImaliPay closes $3m seed funding to bring financial services to gig workers
Published: 11-04-2022 | 10:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup ImaliPay has closed $3 million seed funding round to bring financial services to gig workers.


SVB debuts fellowship program to foster next-gen of Black, Latinx and women venture capital leaders
Published: 07-04-2022 | 16:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SVB Financial Group (SVB), financial partner of the innovation economy and parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, announced the SVB Fellows Program, a fellowship program for Black, Latinx and women professionals.


Kenya-focused social e-Commerce startup Elloe raises over $1m in pre-seed round
Published: 07-04-2022 | 16:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Elloe, a US-based social e-Commerce startup focused on Kenya and emerging markets, announced the raise of an undisclosed amount in pre-Seed funding. Investors for the round were led by Philippines’ Mad Ventures, Inc.


Shirley Somuah named partner at African private equity fund manager CardinalStone Capital
Published: 07-04-2022 | 16:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
African private equity fund manager, CardinalStone Capital Advisers (CCA), has appointed Shirley Somuah as a Partner, as it strengthens its presence in Ghana with a new office opening in Accra in Q2.


AliExpress Co- Founder Tom Gong appointed CTO of Kenyan BNPL company Lipa Later
Published: 07-04-2022 | 10:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Tom Gong, Co-Founder AliExpress and former Technical Program Manager for Google Wallet, will be joining Lipa Later as the new Chief technology Officer effective March 2022.


Community-first mobile app Hive Wealth secures $600k deed round Investment from Black Tech Nation Ventures
Published: 06-04-2022 | 13:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hive Wealth, a community-first mobile app that helps people grow their wealth and leave a legacy for future generations, announced it received $600K in funding from Black Tech Nation Ventures.


ComplyAdvantage releases new anti-money laundering essentials guide for Startups
Published: 05-04-2022 | 13:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ComplyAdvantage, a global data technology company transforming financial crime detection, announced the release of a new Anti-Money Laundering Essentials Guide for Startups.


South African tech startup SmartWage raises $2m to bridge gap between enterprises and frontline employees
Published: 05-04-2022 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SmartWage, an innovative HR and communications technology startup, raised $2 million oversubscribed seed funding round to support its vision of transforming Africa’s workforce.


Fintech startup Credrails partners with Access Bank to foster the future of finance in Africa
Published: 05-04-2022 | 12:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Access Bank has partnered with financial infrastructure startup Credrails to develop open finance rails that will dramatically improve the experience of banking customers across the continent.


African fintech Flutterwave goes live in Tanzania
Published: 30-03-2022 | 10:52:33 | By: Pie Kamau
African fintech Flutterwave announced it has gained approval from the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) to launch its payment service in the country.


Vehicle financing startup Moove partners with Swvl for EV buses across the MENAP region
Published: 30-03-2022 | 10:32:25 | By: Pie Kamau
Egypt’s on-demand bus-hailing company Swvl, announced a new partnership with African fintech mobility startup Moove to scale Moove’s revenue-based vehicle financing model across the MENAP region.


10 African fintech startups selected for CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa Special Dubai Edition
Published: 28-03-2022 | 13:34:31 | By: Pie Kamau
The LHoFT Foundation has announced the 10 African fintech startups that will take part in the special edition of CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa which will be held in Dubai, UAE.


NSI Insurance Group acquires majority stake in insurtech startup HoneyQuote
Published: 23-03-2022 | 16:03:51 | By: Bob Koigi
HoneyQuote’s machine learning algorithm matches users with property insurance carriers in real-time. Its proprietary search engine allows consumers to shop and purchase homeowners' insurance online.


Riverbend Capital expands network of investors, venture partners and startups
Published: 23-03-2022 | 15:56:11 | By: Bob Koigi
With more than $7 million in capital deployed in 2021, over $3 million invested in Q1 2022 and over $14 million since inception, Riverbend Capital has now participated in over 85 VC rounds across growth stages, sectors and geographies.


Flutterwave founder appointed to the advisory board of Lipa Later Group
Published: 18-03-2022 | 10:49:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Lipa Later Group, Africa’s Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) firm, has announced the appointed Flutterwave Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Mr. Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola as a member of its advisory board.


Kenyan fintech 4G Capital raises $18.5m Series C funding to scale lending to MSMEs
Published: 17-03-2022 | 11:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech credit provider 4G Capital has raised $18.5 million in Series C funding from global private equity firm Lightrock.


Crypto exchange platform Luno launches investment arm to support fintech and crypto startups
Published: 17-03-2022 | 11:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cryptocurrency exchange platform Luno, a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group (DCG), has launched Luno Expeditions, an early-stage investment arm to support fintech and crypto/web3 startups from around the world.


Singapore-based Treehouse Finance raises $18m seed funding to establish a standard for DeFi analytics
Published: 17-03-2022 | 11:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Treehouse, a Web3 company transforming on-chain data into meaningful metrics to help decentralized finance (DeFi) investors make informed financial decisions, announced an $18 million seed round raise.


Ghanaian fintech startup Dash closes $32.8m seed round to create a unified payments app for Africans
Published: 15-03-2022 | 10:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dash, the unified and accessible payments app, announced it has raised $32.8 million in an oversubscribed seed round, one of the largest seed rounds for an African technology startup.


Colombian startup Yuno raises $10m seed round to solve online payments in Latin America
Published: 11-03-2022 | 12:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Yuno, a Colombia-based startup has raised a $10 million seed round to bring to Latin American companies an easy online checkout solution that solves the pain point of managing multiple payment methods.


African crypto startup Basqet launches payment gateway to enable businesses accept Bitcoin
Published: 11-03-2022 | 11:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
African blockchain payments startup Basqet announced the launch of its cryptocurrency payments gateway which will allow businesses to accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as payment.


Smart addressing startup OkHi secures $1.5m seed funding to drive smart address verification in Africa
Published: 10-03-2022 | 15:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Smart addressing startup, OkHi, has secured a $1.5 million seed extension, bringing the total of its seed funding to $3 million. This raise is supported by notable firms and individuals who, beyond funding, bring a wealth of expertise to OkHi.


Salary on-demand startup Cadana partners with Flutterwave to expand into Nigeria
Published: 10-03-2022 | 15:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cadana, the salary on-demand startup has expanded operations into Nigeria following a strategic partnership with Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payments technology company.


South African fintechs Payflex and Merchant Capital launch cash advance solution for small retailers
Published: 03-03-2022 | 11:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Two South African fintechs, alternative lender Merchant Capital and buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) specialist Payflex, have launched a cash advance solution for small and mid-sized retail sector.


iCapital expands strategic partnership with Bank of Singapore
Published: 01-03-2022 | 14:35:16 | By: Bob Koigi
With the deal, iCapital takes over the management and operation of the bank’s private market feeder funds while Bank of Singapore retains client servicing responsibilities.


Payhawk becomes first Bulgarian Unicorn after raising $100 million
Published: 01-03-2022 | 14:28:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Payhawk, the payment and expense solution with offices in London, Sofia, Berlin, and Barcelona, has raised an additional $100m to extend its Series B round to $215m.


German investor CommerzVentures closes €300m third fund to support European fintech and insurtech startups
Published: 01-03-2022 | 12:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CommerzVentures, the specialist fintech investor, announced its third €300m fund, to go towards supporting early and growth-stage companies in the fintech and insurtech sectors.


Fintech platform M-KOPA secures $75m growth equity round to scale its African footprint
Published: 01-03-2022 | 12:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
M-KOPA, the fintech platform that provides connected financing and digital financial services to underbanked consumers across four markets in Africa, announced its $75 million growth equity round, bringing its total equity funding to $190 million.


Paperwork secures $2.5m seed funding to improve financial wellbeing of American families at all life stages
Published: 28-02-2022 | 13:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paperwork, the financial wellness solution that transforms the way people organize and manage their financial lives, announced it has closed $2.5 million in seed funding in a raise led by Kickstart Fund.


Four African startups selected for 10th cohort of Catalyst Fund fintech accelerator
Published: 24-02-2022 | 10:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Four African fintech startups have been selected to join the tenth cohort of the Catalyst Fund accelerator. The startups are among the six selected that are building solutions designed to improve the resilience of underserved.


Cross-border fintech startup Dowsure raises $20m to fuel growth of e-Commerce sellers in China
Published: 22-02-2022 | 12:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Shenzhen-based fintech startup Dowsure Technologies, has attracted the attention of global strategic investors, fueling the growth of millions of e-Commerce sellers from China on marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, Shopee and more.


London-based fintech startup Nous raises $9m seed to help households navigate the cost of living crisis
Published: 21-02-2022 | 15:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nous (to rhyme with ‘house’) a London-based fintech startup, announced it has raised a $9 million seed financing round to build out its service that helps households get smart and stay vigilant as they navigate the imminent cost of living crisis.


African fintech Flutterwave rebrands, introduces new products and services
Published: 21-02-2022 | 14:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
African fintech startup Flutterwave has unveiled a significant re-brand and identity during the Flutterwave 3.0, virtual event held on Friday, 18th February 2022.


South African fintech Troygold digitises R300b in Krugerrands allowing owners to use value for day-to-day transactions
Published: 21-02-2022 | 14:24:31 | By: Pie Kamau
South Africans have an estimated R300 billion in Krugerrands hidden in drawers and safes, unaware that they could be using the value of their gold to fund day-to-day financial transactions.


Nigerian fintech startup Earnipay raises $4m to provide on-demand salary to workers
Published: 21-02-2022 | 14:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Earnipay which provides flexible and on-demand salary access to income-earners has closed a seed round of $4 million.


[African Startup Review] Pie Kamau: Nigerian fintech Flutterwave is now Africa's highest valued Unicorn
Published: 18-02-2022 | 18:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
As the African fintech industry continues to bloom, so does the funding. Flutterwave has now become Africa's highest valued startup after closing $250 million Series D funding, bringing the company’s valuation to over $3 billion.


Flutterwave becomes highest valued African startup after closing $250m Series D funding
Published: 17-02-2022 | 12:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Technology company Flutterwave, announced it has raised $250 million in Series D funding, valuing the company at over $3 billion as the brand continues to transform the way Africans transact on the continent and worldwide.


Payroll infrastructure startup Check raises $75m Series C to accelerate growth
Published: 17-02-2022 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Check, the payroll infrastructure company that lets platforms embed payroll into their products, announced it has raised a $75 million Series C led by Stripe, with participation from existing investors Bedrock, Thrive and Index.


Brazilian fintech startup Trace Finance raises $4.3m seed investment to disrupt global banking for Latin American startups
Published: 16-02-2022 | 10:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Trace Finance, a Brazilian fintech startup that enables faster and more streamlined cross-border banking for startups, has announced a $4.3 million seed funding round.


South African fintech startup Stitch raises $21m Series A funding to scale its operations
Published: 15-02-2022 | 09:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African API fintech startup Stitch has raised a $21 million Series A funding round to scale its operations.


[Kenya] More than 5k farmers receive insurance payout
Published: 14-02-2022 | 11:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi


Silicon Valley fintech startup Branch raises $300m to open mobile ecosystem, provide solution to walled gardens
Published: 14-02-2022 | 10:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Branch, the cross-platform solution for mobile linking and attribution, has secured $300 milion in funding at a $4 billion valuation, led by existing investor NEA.


Fraugster partners with Dutch-based fintech startup Payaut to provide fraud prevention services to e-Commerce marketplaces
Published: 14-02-2022 | 09:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fraugster, a German-Israeli payment intelligence company, has partnered with marketplace payout specialist Payaut, an Amsterdam-based fintech startup, to provide fraud prevention services to marketplaces.


Egyptian digital investment startup Thndr raises $20m to democratize investing in the MENA region
Published: 09-02-2022 | 11:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Thndr, the Egyptian digital investment platform, announced a new $20 million series A investment round co-led by Tiger Global, BECO Capital and Prosus Ventures.


London-based m3ter launches from stealth with $17.5m funding to expand into new markets
Published: 08-02-2022 | 13:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
m3ter, a metering and pricing engine for SaaS companies, launched from stealth with the announcement of $17.5 million in funding. The investment will support m3ter as it builds on significant early traction to expand into new markets.


French fintech startup Silvr raises €130m Series A to support growth of digital companies
Published: 08-02-2022 | 13:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French fintech startup Silvr announced a €130 million Series A funding round, to support the growth of digital companies. This fundraising comes at a key moment in development and positions Silvr as the European leader in Revenue Based Financing.


Cincinnati fintech startup Pay Theory raises $2m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 08-02-2022 | 12:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pay Theory, a Cincinnati-based fintech startup, has closed a $2 million seed funding round led by Zeal Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm known for its commitment to inclusive investing.


Mexican fintech startup Flexio raises $3m seed round to transform B2B payments in Latin America
Published: 07-02-2022 | 14:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flexio, a platform revolutionizing business-to-business (B2B) payments in Latin America, announced it has raised $3 million seed round led by Costanoa Ventures with participation from Soma Capital.


Fintech startups hub Abaca crosses $2b in compliant cannabis commerce
Published: 07-02-2022 | 12:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cannabis banking fintech company Abaca surpassed compliantly processing more than two billion dollars in commerce for the cannabis industry.


Casava secures $4m pre-seed funding to provide micro insurance for millions of Nigerians
Published: 04-02-2022 | 09:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Casava, Nigeria's digital insurance company has secured $4 million in pre-seed funding to provide affordable and accessible insurance products for millions of Nigerians.


Kenyan insurtech startup Lami acquires Bluewave Insurance Agency
Published: 04-02-2022 | 09:33:06 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan insurtech startup Lami Technologies has acquired Bluewave Insurance Agency, another Kenyan-based insurtech startup, for an undisclosed amount.


South African fintech Ukheshe achieves Level One B-BBEE rating
Published: 04-02-2022 | 09:27:47 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech, Ukheshe Technologies, has significantly improved its B-BBEE performance, becoming one of the only South African fintech enablers to achieve a Level One B-BBEE Contributor certification.


African mobility fintech company Moove secures $10m financing to support expansion to West Africa
Published: 02-02-2022 | 12:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NBK Capital Partners Mezzanine Fund II has announced that it closed a $10 million financing facility with Uber's exclusive vehicle supply partner in Africa, the mobility fintech, Moove.


F-Prime Capital launches F-Prime Fintech Index to track the performance of disruptive fintech startups
Published: 01-02-2022 | 13:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
F-Prime Capital announced the launch of The F-Prime Fintech Index, designed to track the performance of disruptive fintech companies enabling the delivery of core financial services across payments.


South African fintech startup CompariSure raises $980,000 pre-Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 31-01-2022 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech startup CompariSure, raised R15 million ($980,000) from Cape Town based HAVAÍC and 4Di in a pre-Series A funding round.


Bank of America commits $20m to Invest Detroit Ventures' early-stage startup fund
Published: 31-01-2022 | 13:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Invest Detroit Ventures (IDV) announced an investment from Bank of America to support IDV Fund IV, a newly-established $20 million fund that provides capital investment to Michigan startups during early, critical stages of development.


Fintech startup Tomo doubles mortgage footprint, reaches quarter of U.S.
Published: 27-01-2022 | 11:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tomo, the fintech startup that's transforming the home-buying experience, announced it has doubled its mortgage footprint and now serves nearly a quarter of the U.S. market after expanding into Florida, Connecticut and Colorado.


Asia's banking infrastructure startup M2P Fintech raises $56m to accelerate global expansion
Published: 25-01-2022 | 15:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
M2P Fintech, Asia's financial Infrastructure company, announced a $56 million Series C1 raise led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners with participation from MUFG Innovation Partners.


Bank of Uganda grants Yo-Uganda Limited Payment System Operator License
Published: 25-01-2022 | 08:11:14 | By: Bob Koigi
Among the provisions of the National Payment Systems Act, 2020 is a requirement for all payment system operators to apply for and qualify for licensing after having satisfied a meticulous process applied by the Central Bank.


Morocco fintech startup Chari closes a bridge round to pilot BNPL services with grocery stores in Francophone Africa
Published: 21-01-2022 | 13:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Aiming to take a serious step towards the Fintech space, Chari has announced the closing of a bridge round led by the Saudi-based venture capital fund Khwarizmi Ventures (KV).


Nigerian fintech startup P2vest records 100,000 users on its platform
Published: 21-01-2022 | 13:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup P2vest Technology announced that its peer-to-peer lending application, P2Vest has hit 100,000 users with access to quick loans.


Kenyan fintech startup Zanifu closes $1m seed financing round to accelerate growth
Published: 20-01-2022 | 11:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Zanifu announced it has successfully closed a $ 1 million seed financing round to scale its business and improve on its platform.


VC firm QED Investors hires Gbenga Ajayi as Partner to focus on fintech investments in Africa
Published: 19-01-2022 | 13:10:06 | By: Pie Kamau
QED Investors, a global venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive financial services companies, has hired Gbenga Ajayi as a Partner, to focus on fintech investments in Africa.


Compensation management startup Assemble raises $5m seed to make compensation a strategic differentiator
Published: 18-01-2022 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Assemble, a compensation platform for forward-thinking organizations announced a $5 million seed round led by Susa Ventures. Goldcrest Capital and several angel investors participated in the round.


Canadian fintech startup Periculum launches in Nigeria to build credit assessment infrastructure for Africa
Published: 17-01-2022 | 14:28:28 | By: Pie Kamau
Canadian fintech startup and credit assessment company Periculum, has launched in Nigeria to tackle the challenge of domestic credit to the underserved markets.


Seattle-based fintech startup Seashell unveils inflation-resistant investment product alongside $6m seed round
Published: 17-01-2022 | 14:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seashell, the fintech company dedicated to building a consumer-first, modern banking and investment experience, emerged from stealth with the announcement of Seashell Save.


British Fintech Farm raises $7.4m to launch Neobanks in 8 countries
Published: 17-01-2022 | 14:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech Farm, a British fintech company creating neobanks in emerging markets, raised $7.4 million investment to develop its new project.


Kenyan BNPL startup Lipa Later secures $12m funding to expand across Africa
Published: 13-01-2022 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lipa Later, one of it’s kind buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) company operating in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria, has raised $12 million from a consortium of investors.


London-based alternative investment platform Koia raises $1.4m pre-seed round to make alternative assets accessible to anyone
Published: 13-01-2022 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Koia, a new investment platform which is bringing alternative assets to Europe, announced a $1.4 million pre-seed round.


Emergency relief startup Canary raises $1.5m pre-seed funding to reinvent access to emergency funds at work
Published: 12-01-2022 | 12:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Canary, an emergency relief platform that makes it easy for employers to raise and distribute tax-advantaged payments for workers experiencing financial hardships, has raised $1.5 million in pre-seed funding.


Fintech startup CrowFly appoints Nita Bhatia as Chief Executive Officer
Published: 12-01-2022 | 12:10:05 | By: Pie Kamau
CrowFly has appointed Nita Bhatia as CEO. CrowFly is a fintech startup touting an innovative online platform that directly connects sellers of future structured settlement payments with qualified buyers.


Nashville-based worker’s compensation startup InsurePay secures Series B investment, buys Split Limit Studios
Published: 12-01-2022 | 11:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
InsurePay, an Insuretech Property and Casualty (P&C) billing and payments platform, including workers' compensation insurance premium billing and payments has secured a Series B investment.


Berlin-based fintech startup Denario raises €1.3m to automate B2B payments experience for small businesses
Published: 11-01-2022 | 12:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Berlin-based fintech startup Denario announced the closing of €1.3 million venture funding led by 468 Capital, with participation from Presight Capital and MPGI.


Orange Ventures seed challenge opens applications for Egyptian fintech startups
Published: 10-01-2022 | 13:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Orange Ventures has opened applications for its Seed Challenge that will see the VC form award one fintech startup from Egypt with $570,000 in funding.


Fintech startup OppFi announces share repurchase programme
Published: 07-01-2022 | 11:58:08 | By: Bob Koigi
OppFi Inc., financial technology platform that powers banks to help everyday consumers gain access to credit, has announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program that permits the Company to purchase up to an aggregate of $20 million of its Class A common stock


Car subscription startup GO launches in four additional markets
Published: 05-01-2022 | 10:59:08 | By: Bob Koigi
Distinct from traditional auto lease and finance, GO’s model offers subscribers a simple and affordable alternative to car ownership.


 Fintech startup Rêv enters U.S. payments market with the launch of an app-based multi-currency debit account
Published: 05-01-2022 | 10:56:22 | By: Bob Koigi
The X World Wallet account is easy to load from a user's existing bank account(s) and is linked to physical and digital Visa cards that can be easily added to Apple, Google, and Samsung Pay digital wallets for tap and go convenience.


Intuit acquires Israel-based cybersecurity startup Imvision
Published: 04-01-2022 | 10:18:57 | By: Bob Koigi
Based in Israel, Imvision develops technology that enables enterprises to automatically discover, test and protect against attacks, by monitoring API traffic to identify threats and vulnerabilities. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.


Global fintech startup iCapital Network raises $50 million funding to enhance its platform technology
Published: 03-01-2022 | 10:08:28 | By: Bob Koigi
The round further expands the consortium of industry leaders aligned with iCapital’s industry-standard technology solution for facilitating private wealth channel access to alternative investments.


Taptap Send raises $65 million Series B to expand cross-border fintech platform
Published: 24-12-2021 | 09:03:27 | By: Bob Koigi
Taptap Send provides individuals with a simple, convenient platform to send cross-border payments instantly and without fee.


Ampla secures $40 Million in Series A Funding to accelerate hiring and recruitment efforts
Published: 23-12-2021 | 11:56:17 | By: Bob Koigi
This announcement brings the Company’s total funding to $380 million in equity and debt financing, which will enable Ampla to impact even more small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) in the consumer brands space.


Kenyan fintech startup Paylend raises $2m seed investment to accelerate growth
Published: 21-12-2021 | 12:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paylend, a Kenyan fintech startup focused on providing access to finance and digitizing MSMEs in Kenya announced it has raised $2 million seed investment from Next Chymia Consulting HK Limited.


Kenyan fintech startup Tanda inks deal with Twiga Foods to enable vendors vend its digital financial services
Published: 20-12-2021 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenya’s fintech startup Tanda announced a new partnership with Twiga Foods that will see Twiga vendors become a one-stop-shop for a variety of digital and financial services offered by Tanda.


Philanthropi startup raises $4m to power charitable giving legacies of everyday donors
Published: 16-12-2021 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Philanthropi, the company revolutionizing charitable giving by democratizing philanthropy through its "giving-as-a-service" platform, announced it raised $4 million in funding from lead investor Amex Ventures.


African mobility fintech Moove enters Kenyan market, broadens vehicle financing to bikes and trucks
Published: 15-12-2021 | 11:36:11 | By: Bob Koigi
Moove, an African mobility fintech, has launched operations in Nairobi, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.


Diligent joins Open Cap Table Coalition to improve transparency and governance standards for startup firms
Published: 15-12-2021 | 08:01:52 | By: Bob Koigi
Diligent, a global player in SaaS governance, risk and compliance (GRC) has announced a new role as a new member of the Open Cap Table Coalition, a cross-industry group that is collaborating to improve the interoperability, transparency and portability of startup capitalization data.


Nigeria’s auto financing startup Autochek begins loan services for new cars
Published: 10-12-2021 | 10:43:46 | By: Bob Koigi
In what it says is to further deepen mobility, Autochek Africa, the leading auto tech platform, has launched a dedicated brand new cars section on the Autochek website and mobile app.


Egyptian fintech startup Sympl raises $6 million to accelerate growth of its merchant network
Published: 10-12-2021 | 10:11:37 | By: Bob Koigi
Sympl will use the proceeds to accelerate the growth of its merchant network to serve multiple product and service categories across online and in-store merchants as well as improving the product offering to better serve the platform customers.


Credem Group invests in artificial intelligence through a Silicon Valley startup incubator
Published: 08-12-2021 | 15:17:48 | By: Bob Koigi
An agreement has been reached with Noonum, a Seattle based startup. Noonum works in the artificial intelligence arena, developing digital learning tools and textual analysis in order to perform financial analysis and portfolio construction.


Subscription Management startup Chargebee opens new office and data center in Australia
Published: 08-12-2021 | 13:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chargebee, the subscription management platform, announced it has opened a dedicated office and data center in Sydney, Australia to support SaaS and subscription businesses and ensure APP compliance.


Canadian fintech startup Payment Rails rebrands as Trolley, closes $7 million funding
Published: 07-12-2021 | 15:19:36 | By: Bob Koigi
Canadian Fintech startup Payment Rails has revealed that it is rebranding as Trolley—the payouts platform for the internet economy. The newly renamed Trolley also announced its recent $7M Series A funding round led by Pace Capital.


Blockchain intelligence company TRM Labs announces $60 million financing to bolster cryptocurrency offering
Published: 07-12-2021 | 15:09:50 | By: Bob Koigi
TRM developed the first blockchain intelligence platform that combines cross-chain data with threat intelligence, advanced analytics, and intuitive visualizations to help organizations detect crypto fraud and financial crime.


FMO and Collaborative for Frontier Finance partner to launch an Emerging Capital Allocators project across Africa
Published: 07-12-2021 | 08:30:04 | By: Bob Koigi
The project will provide an opportunity for more aspiring fund managers, particularly in Ghana, Morocco and Tanzania, to gain the necessary experience to start raising capital, managing assets, and closing deals.


Egyptian fintech startup KlickIt closes first investment round to further develop its platform
Published: 06-12-2021 | 15:27:25 | By: Pie Kamau
Egyptian fees management and digital collection platform, KlickIt, announced the closing of its first investment round to further develop its platform. The round was led by EFG Finance and Camel Ventures, the venture capital arm of dfin Holdings.


Nigerian B2B e-Commerce startup TradeDepot raises $110m to extend ‘Buy-Now-Pay-Later’ services to African retailers
Published: 06-12-2021 | 14:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TradeDepot, the B2B e-Commerce and embedded finance platform in Africa, has raised $110 million in an equity and debt funding round to support the delivery of Buy-Now-Pay-Later services to SME retailers.


Fintech startup nxtCRE unveils sales platform for commercial real estate
Published: 03-12-2021 | 15:55:39 | By: Bob Koigi
nxtCRE founder Adam Sharif and his team of commercial real estate, CRE, experts, financial insiders, and tech-marketing wizards have broken the code to what they call “Must Buy Investors”---also known as 1031 exchange investors--- for early identification and efficient matching with CRE sellers and equity seekers.


WNS launches a suite of banking solutions to drive scalable operations for fintechs
Published: 03-12-2021 | 15:50:12 | By: Bob Koigi
WNS, a provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, has announced the launch of WNS FINSIBLE, a suite of banking solutions enabling FinTechs to efficiently streamline, manage and scale operations.


Heritage enters strategic partnership with insurtech startup Slide to accelerate growth
Published: 30-11-2021 | 13:40:22 | By: Pie Kamau
Heritage Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance holding company, announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Slide, a startup InsurTech P&C carrier led by Bruce Lucas, Heritage's former Chairman and CEO.


Dutch development bank FMO partners with VC4A to launch a Ventures Lifecycle Support project across Africa
Published: 26-11-2021 | 14:04:36 | By: Bob Koigi
FMO has partnered with VC4A to work with local partners across Africa to create a more efficient network of support for early-stage ventures.


Lithuanian peer-to-peer crypto-asset swapping startup 123swap closes $210k seed round
Published: 26-11-2021 | 10:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lithuanian peer-to-peer crypto assets swap platform123swap Finance announced it closed $210k seed round funding from a number of angel investors, including Becker Venture Capital and Steven Becker.


Kenyan fintech startup Asilimia raises $2 million funding to expand into new markets
Published: 24-11-2021 | 12:07:31 | By: Bob Koigi
The startup raised $1 million in pre-seed funding from a wide range of investors, including two-time unicorn founder, Fredrik Jung Abbou (co-founder of Kry and Lendo), Norrsken Impact Accelerator and other prominent founders from across Europe.


Brazilian fintech startup TruePay raises $32m Series A funding for team and product development
Published: 24-11-2021 | 08:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TruePay, a Brazilian startup whose innovative payment solution helps small and medium sized retailers have free and secure access to credit, has raised $32 million in Series A funding led by Addition.


Africa-based cryptocurrency exchange Busha raises $4.2m seed round to deepen its market positioning
Published: 24-11-2021 | 07:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Africa-based cryptocurrency exchange Busha, raised $4.2 million seed round led by Jump Capital. Cadenza Ventures, Blockwall Capital, CMT Digital, Greenhouse Capital, Raba Capital, and other investors also participated in the financing round.


Crowd Capital joins FinHealth US 2021 accelerator program for early-stage startups
Published: 23-11-2021 | 07:46:17 | By: Pie Kamau
Crowd Capital has been selected to participate in FinHealth US 2021. This will enhance Crowd Capital's mission to offer families facing financial hardship.


Fintech startup and shareholder loyalty pioneer TiiCKER launches Android app
Published: 23-11-2021 | 07:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TiiCKER hit the trifecta with the addition of an Android app to its web and iOS portals, giving America's estimated 130 million retail investors instant access to loyalty rewards.


South African fintech firm Ozow raises $48m Series B round to accelerate growth
Published: 23-11-2021 | 07:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech firm Ozow raised $48 million Series B funding round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent. Other investors Endeavor Catalyst and Endeavor Harvest Fund participating also participated in the round.


Fintech startup Rapyd partners with shopping app nate to expand eCommerce reach globally
Published: 20-11-2021 | 12:05:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Rapyd seeks to serve customers with the best consumer experiences and is thrilled to partner with one of the faster growing consumer shopping apps to support its global expansion.


Tony Elumelu Foundation targets 5,000 African SMEs with entrepreneurship training and funding
Published: 17-11-2021 | 19:02:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the philanthropy empowering African entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries, has selected 4,949 entrepreneurs from across Africa for its 2021 Entrepreneurship Programme.


MoneyLion acquires creator network and content platform MALKA Media
Published: 17-11-2021 | 16:51:52 | By: Bob Koigi
MoneyLion Inc. an award-winning, data-driven, digital financial platform, has acquired MALKA Media Group LLC, a rapidly growing creator network and content platform.


Israeli startup EasySend raises $55.5m to help enterprises build, maintain digital customer journeys with its no-code platform
Published: 17-11-2021 | 11:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EasySend, a no-code digital customer journey platform announced a $50.5 million Series B funding round led by Oak HC/FT. Existing investors Vertex IL, Intel Capital, and Hanaco Venture also participated in the round.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara launches regional offices to reach SACCOs across the country
Published: 16-11-2021 | 11:24:54 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Kwara opened regional offices in the Western, Central, Rift Valley and Coastal regions of Kenya as part of its expansion in the country.


Investor Advisor Seed Ventures closes first round
Published: 11-11-2021 | 11:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Investor Advisor Seed Ventures (IA Seed Ventures) announced the first closing of its new venture fund with investments in five companies. These deals mark the beginning of active investment for this new network of accomplished investors.


South African fintech startupJumo raises $120 million to expand into new African markets
Published: 11-11-2021 | 08:41:46 | By: Bob Koigi
The latest funding round brings JUMO’s total funding raised to date to c$200 million. Prior investment rounds have included Leapfrog, Goldman Sachs, Finnfund, Proparco, Vostok Emerging Finance and Brook Asset Management.


Digital payments startup MFS Africa raises $100 million to expand across the continent
Published: 10-11-2021 | 14:33:07 | By: Bob Koigi
MFS Africa, Africa’s digital payments network, has raised $100 million through an equity and debt financing round.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara and Lami Technologies partner to provide insurance products for SACCO members
Published: 04-11-2021 | 15:02:36 | By: Bob Koigi
The partnership will allow SACCO members to conveniently access innovative insurance products ranging from health, general, life, business, and property coverage through the Kwara platform.


Nigeria lending startup Payhippo raises $3 million in seed funding
Published: 04-11-2021 | 14:59:46 | By: Bob Koigi
To date, Payhippo has disbursed 5000 loans to small businesses across Nigeria


South Africa based fintech startup SOLMate launches prepaid debit cards for consumers
Published: 04-11-2021 | 14:57:09 | By: Bob Koigi
In its ongoing effort to offer clients a fully-fledged financial ecosystem in their pockets, SOLMate has further enhanced its solutions with the launch of this new generation debit card.


Mployer Advisor secures $1.6 million funding to transform insurance broker marketplace
Published: 02-11-2021 | 15:26:20 | By: Bob Koigi
This new round of funding will enable Mployer Advisor to deploy new features on its platform, hire additional leadership roles and expand its insurance broker and carrier network.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara partners with Lami Technologies to give SACCO members access to insurance products
Published: 02-11-2021 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan digital banking fintech startup Kwara has partnered with insurance technology company, Lami Technologies, to provide SACCO members with affordable and transformational insurance products.


Kenyan-based payroll startup Workpay expands to Nigeria
Published: 02-11-2021 | 11:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Workpay, a Nairobi-based YC graduate, is expanding its operations to Nigeria. The cloud-based workforce management startup will now offer Core HR, Payroll, and employee record services to organizations in the country.


Fintech startup Able raises $3.2m seed round to power the new creator economy
Published: 29-10-2021 | 16:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Able, the first income management platform designed for the new economy of independent workers has raised $3.29 million in seed funding led by Elefund with additional backing from Moonshots Capital.


Nigerian Auto financing startup Autochek secures $13.1m seed funding to deepen West African footprint
Published: 28-10-2021 | 16:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Autochek, the Nigerian automotive startup which recently expanded to Kenya, has secured $13.1 million in seed funding.


Pan-African fintech startup Payday joins Techstars Toronto Accelerator program
Published: 22-10-2021 | 14:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Payday, a Pan-African fintech startup announced it has joined Techstars Toronto Accelerator program.


MFS Africa signs agreement to acquire Nigerian fintech startup Baxi
Published: 22-10-2021 | 13:05:27 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-African digital payments hub MFS Africa signed an agreement to acquire Baxi, one of Nigeria's super-agent networks. The deal, which is subject to approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria, will be the second highest fintech acquisition in Nigeria to date.


Nigerian fintech startup Brass secures $1.7m financing round
Published: 22-10-2021 | 12:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Brass, a Nigerian digital bank delivering easy access to affordable premium banking services for SMEs, secured $1.7 million in funding to address the heavily underserved banking needs of local entrepreneurs, traders, and fast-growing businesses.


Texas-based fintech startup CollateralEdge emerges from stealth with an oversubscribed $3.5m seed round
Published: 21-10-2021 | 13:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CollateralEdge, a Texas-based fintech company providing banks with a risk-mitigation tool to efficiently increase lending capacity without compromising credit quality, emerges from stealth mode with an oversubscribed $3.5 million seed round.


Subscription Management startup Chargebee partners with Worldline to improve customer engagement and retention
Published: 20-10-2021 | 15:28:51 | By: Pie Kamau
Worldline and Chargebee announced collaboration to provide an end-to-end payment, subscription and revenue operations solution for merchants operating in a subscription model.


Google selects nine Kenyan startups to receive equity-free funding via its Africa Investment Fund
Published: 19-10-2021 | 07:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
During its very first “Google for Africa” event held early this month, Google announced it will be investing up to $50 million in African early- and growth-stage startups via its Africa Investment Fund.


Pan-African fintech startup Carbon partners with Network International to boost digital payment offering
Published: 15-10-2021 | 10:46:07 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-African fintech startup and digital bank Carbon Bank has partnered with Network International, an enabler of digital commerce across Africa and the Middle East, as part of its plan to boost its digital payment offering.


African fintech startup Payday raises $1m pre-seed to build Africa’s PayPal
Published: 15-10-2021 | 10:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Payday, a Pan-African financial technology company has raised one million dollars to build out what they believe will be the “PayPal” for Africa.


Singapore-based POS startup Qashier adopts anti-money laundering technology
Published: 13-10-2021 | 14:03:31 | By: Bob Koigi
Founded by Christopher Choo and Frank Zhao in February 2019, Qashier’s advanced platform powers small and medium sized retail and F&B businesses by combining a smart POS system, integrated payment acceptance, and advanced software solutions which include table management, online ordering and customer loyalty.


UK startup ComplyCube boosts SaaS offering with multi bureau checks to tackle identity fraud
Published: 13-10-2021 | 13:58:27 | By: Bob Koigi
ComplyCube, the identity verification provider, has launched a multi-bureau verification service underpinned by a comprehensive set of credit agency data, government sources, and propriety databases.


[Startup Interview] Femi Apesin, OnePipe Growth & Marketing Lead, Nigeria
Published: 08-10-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Femi Apesin is the Head of Growth and Marketing at OnePipe, a Nigerian startup that has raised almost US$1 million in a pre-seed round with a plan to make API integration seamless for banks and fintech companies.


Westchester Angels announces first exit opportunity, parlays early fintech investment into major win
Published: 06-10-2021 | 14:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Investment group Westchester Angels announced its first exit opportunity, providing significant returns to a group of local investors and highlighting their intuition for spotting growth opportunities.


Hopscotch emerges out of stealth with $3.6m seed funding
Published: 05-10-2021 | 16:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hopscotch, the platform bringing a consumer-like experience to B2B payments, today announced its emergence from stealth with $3.6 million in seed funding led by NOEMIS Ventures and Stellation Capital.


Chargebee startup adds revenue recognition capabilities to solve complex finance challenges for SaaS, subscription-based businesses
Published: 05-10-2021 | 16:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Subscription Management startup Chargebee announced its acquisition of revenue recognition platform RevLock to expand the company's product offerings.


South African fintech firm Ukheshe partners with Chipper Cash startup to accelerate rollout out of digital payment offerings
Published: 30-09-2021 | 15:29:32 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech firm Ukheshe Technologies has partnered with Chipper Cash to enhance and accelerate the rollout out of Chipper’s digital payment offerings.


Africa's crypto exchange Yellow Card raises $15m Series A funding to fuel expansion across the continent
Published: 28-09-2021 | 15:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-African cryptocurrency exchange, Yellow Card, announced a $15 million Series A, the largest ever by an African cryptocurrency exchange, to ramp up hiring and continue its expansion across the continent.


EMURGO launches $100m Cardano ecosystem investment vehicle for early and growth stage startups
Published: 28-09-2021 | 15:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EMURGO, the official commercial arm of the Cardano blockchain, announced the launch of a new Cardano ecosystem investment vehicle to invest into early startup and growth stage companies focused on building socially impactful solutions powered by Cardano.


Ugandan fintech startup Fin-e Innovations raises $300,000 to bridge funding gap of African energy SMEs
Published: 28-09-2021 | 15:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fin-e Innovations, a fintech start-up based in Uganda, has closed pre-seed funding of $300,000 from an undisclosed party in the United States.


Absa partners with Melanin Kapital to launch unsecured lending for startups in Kenya
Published: 23-09-2021 | 15:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Absa Bank Kenya has partnered with Pan African impact investment platform Melanin Kapital, to launch an investor readiness program that places startups driving social impact on the path to accessing up to KES3 million in unsecured lending.


Nigerian fintech startup Infibranches secures $2m funding from All On to drive growth in the renewable energy sector
Published: 23-09-2021 | 15:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Shell-funded impact investment company All On announced a $2 million investment in fintech company, Infibranches Technologies, to help bridge the energy distribution gap in underserved rural and peri-urban areas of Nigeria.


Will Smith's Dreamers VC backs $4m funded fintech startup Front to take on wall street, arm investors with better insights
Published: 22-09-2021 | 14:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Front, a strategic investment platform and companion app to Robinhood, Coinbase, Stash, and more that helps guide better investment decisions for new investors, announced the launch of its new app with funding from Will Smith's Dreamers VC.


Payroll-as-a-Service startup Check partners with Procare to improve payments in child care centers
Published: 21-09-2021 | 11:03:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Check, the payroll-as-a-service startup whose mission is to make paying people simple, announced a partnership with Procare Solutions, the child care management software platform.


Insurtech startup NEXT Insurance renews commitment to small businesses with integrated strategic rebrand
Published: 16-09-2021 | 12:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NEXT Insurance, the digital insurtech company transforming small business insurance, announced its strategic rebrand which will integrate small business owners from across the country into every part of the company's business, culture and ethos.


Silicon Valley Bank establishes physical presence in Miami
Published: 14-09-2021 | 15:38:32 | By: Pie Kamau
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world's innovative companies and their investors, announced a team of commercial bankers have landed permanently in Miami to focus on Florida's dynamic innovation sector.


Apto Payments acquires fintech startup Vertical Finance
Published: 10-09-2021 | 15:04:17 | By: Pie Kamau
Apto Payments, a next-generation cards and payments company, announced its acquisition of challenger credit card startup, Vertical Finance. The move expands both Apto Payments' product offerings and team.


[Startup Interview] Marco Abele, Co-Founder, OneFor, Netherlands
Published: 03-09-2021 | 13:44:00 | By: Bob Koigi
OneFor is a fintech startup that offers various mobile money applications and technical services, including account, payment and card services. Its card solution is supported by Mastercard International. The startup’s Co-Founder Marco Abele elaborates.


South African fintech startup SOL announces rebrand with new virtual card offering
Published: 01-09-2021 | 12:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech startup SOLmate, an online payment platform that offers clients a digital wallet facility, has unveiled a new product offering together with an extensive rebrand and renewed corporate vision.


South African fintech firm Ukheshe partners with dzcard to expand digital payment solutions in Asia Pacific
Published: 31-08-2021 | 12:35:47 | By: Pie Kamau
South Africa“s fintech startup Ukheshe which has been on a rapid expansion to different markets has announced a new partnership with global next-generation card solutions and digital security company, dzcard.


Varicent acquires commissions software startup Concert Finance
Published: 26-08-2021 | 13:45:58 | By: Bob Koigi
Varicent, a provider of incentive compensation and sales performance management solutions, has acquired Concert Finance (Concert), an innovative provider of commissions software designed by compensation experts.


Arab Bank launches its fintech accelerator program for startups in Egypt
Published: 24-08-2021 | 14:42:27 | By: Pie Kamau
Arab Bank launched its fintech-focused corporate accelerator program “AB Accelerator” in Egypt, following its successful launch in Jordan back in 2018.


Fintech startup Pngme raises $15m Series A funding to power the future of financial services in Africa
Published: 19-08-2021 | 11:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech startup Pngme raised $15 million in Series A funding as the company sets out to grow its financial data infrastructure and machine learning-as-a-service platform for financial institutions and fintechs across sub-Saharan Africa.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara selected for Mastercard Start Path program
Published: 19-08-2021 | 11:42:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Kwara is among the 11 startups that have been selected to join the Mastercard Start Path program.


UNest acquires Kidfund, the savings app designed for children
Published: 18-08-2021 | 13:32:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The acquisition of Kidfund will further accelerate UNest’s growth and deepen the company’s goal to simplify and streamline how parents save and invest for their kids’ future.


Mobility fintech startup Moove raises $23m Series A funding to democratize vehicle ownership in Africa
Published: 13-08-2021 | 14:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Moove, an African mobility fintech startup, announced it has raised $23 million in Series A funding, led by Speedinvest and Left Lane Capital.


11 fintech builders join Mastercard Start Path global network to scale innovation
Published: 13-08-2021 | 12:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mastercard has opened door to startups around the world looking to grow platforms across open banking, predictive financial modeling for small businesses, smart rental payments and beyond.


Ecobank launches 2021 edition of its fintech challenge for African startups
Published: 11-08-2021 | 12:59:14 | By: Pie Kamau
The pan-African banking group, Ecobank group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to join the 4th edition of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge.


Insurtech startup NEXT Insurance participates in Amazon Insurance Accelerator to provide access to affordable General Liability coverage
Published: 10-08-2021 | 11:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NEXT Insurance, the digital insurtech company transforming small business insurance, announced it is participating in Amazon Insurance Accelerator, providing Amazon sellers looking to buy insurance with instant quotes at competitive rates.


Naspers Foundry leads $8.3m Series A investment in South African insurtech startup Naked
Published: 06-08-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Naspers, through its early-stage tech investment vehicle Naspers Foundry, invested $8.3 million (R120 million) in Naked, the artificial intelligence (AI)-driven insurtech startup that offers full digital insurance to cars, homes, and valuables.


Fintech startup Rapyd raises $300m Series E to further enhance its service offering
Published: 04-08-2021 | 12:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Rapyd, a global Fintech as a Service company, announced a $300 million Series E funding round led by Target Global.


Payments startup Lithic raises $60m Series C as demand for card issuing platform surges
Published: 29-07-2021 | 15:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lithic, the card issuing platform for developers, raised $60 million in Series C funding, bringing the company's total fundraising to $110 million.


Paxos adds Bank of America, Coinbase Ventures, Founders Fund & FTX to Series D funding round
Published: 29-07-2021 | 14:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paxos, the first regulated blockchain infrastructure platform, announced it has added strategic investors including Bank of America, Coinbase Ventures, Founders Fund and FTX to its Series D round of funding.


South African payments startup Yoco raises $83m Series C funding to accelerate growth
Published: 28-07-2021 | 14:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African payments startup Yoco has raised a Series C funding round of $83 million (R1.23 billion) to accelerate product development and reach more merchants in South Africa and beyond.


DLA Piper advises 4G Clinical in $230m growth equity investment from Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Published: 22-07-2021 | 12:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DLA Piper represented 4G Clinical, a cutting-edge randomization and trial supply management (RTSM) company serving the life sciences industry, in a growth equity investment of over $230 million from Goldman Sachs Asset Management.


Hong Kong-based insurtech startup YAS MicroInsurance features in TOP 10 of Plug and Play Insurtech Batch 5 startups
Published: 22-07-2021 | 11:55:14 | By: Pie Kamau
Hong Kong-based next-generation Insurtech startup YAS MicroInsurance, has been featured as one of the TOP 10 of the Insurtech Batch 5 in Plug and Play APAC, a well-known global startups accelerator and innovation platform.


BimaLab accelerator programme launches to support Insurtech startups in Kenya
Published: 22-07-2021 | 11:41:25 | By: Pie Kamau
FSD Africa, the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) and Tellistic Technology Services have launched BimaLab, a KES 5.3 million accelerator programme designed to support insurance startups in Kenya.


Danish fintech startup HelloFlow raises $1.6m for its no-code KYC and client onboarding solution
Published: 15-07-2021 | 12:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HelloFlow, a Danish fintech startup, has closed a $1.6m Seed round led by a Danish VC PreSeed Ventures, and UK-based, Seedcamp.


Fintech startup Marco closes $82m seed round to supercharge growth
Published: 15-07-2021 | 12:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Marco, the first tech-enabled financing platform built for small and medium-sized exporters in the United States and Latin America, announced it has raised $82 million in seed funding.


Nigerian fintech startup Lidya raises $8.3m pre-Series B funding round
Published: 15-07-2021 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech and lending startup Lidya announced the completion of its $8.3 million pre-Series B funding round. Alitheia Capital led the investment through its uMunthu Fund with the participation of Bamboo Capital Partners.


Banque Misr partners with Microsoft to support fintech startups in Egypt
Published: 14-07-2021 | 12:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Banque Misr signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Microsoft Egypt to launch the first open innovation program in the Egyptian market, enabling a spurt in fintech startup growth.


IFC invests in Vantage Capital’s mezzanine fund to support fast-growing companies in Africa
Published: 12-07-2021 | 14:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IFC announced an investment in a new mezzanine fund managed by Vantage Capital, a mezzanine funding provider on the continent, which will provide capital to fast-growing companies in Africa.


Yes Lender acquires fintech startup Edge Funder to create AI-powered funding portal for small businesses
Published: 07-07-2021 | 12:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Yes Lender announced it acquired Edge Funder, a fintech startup that is transforming entrepreneur's access to working capital through its direct-to-merchant funding portal.


South African fintech startup Ukheshe Technologies comes second in KPMG Global Tech Innovator competition
Published: 07-07-2021 | 11:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator Africa competition came to a close this week and saw South African fintech startup Ukheshe, take second place among 75 other worthy entrants across Africa.


Nigerian fintech startup TeamApt secures Series B funding
Published: 07-07-2021 | 11:53:33 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup TeamApt has closed its Series B fundraising round, as it looks to expand its financial services beyond Nigeria.


Financials, ICT remain the most attractive sectors for VC investment in Africa, report
Published: 07-07-2021 | 08:34:56 | By: Bob Koigi
Mapping Africa’s startup landscape between 2014 and 2020, the report provides data and analysis on venture capital (VC) deal activity in Africa in 2020 along with information about the types of investors that have participated in those deals.


[Ghana] Verdant Capital raises $7.9 million for challenger fintech, Zeepay
Published: 06-07-2021 | 14:04:38 | By: Bob Koigi
The debt and equity raise for challenger fintech, Zeepay, head-quartered in Ghana, follows a $20 million equity and debt capital raise for Tugende, an East African technology-enabled asset financing business.


Codat startup raises $40m, expands its API infrastructure for SME data
Published: 02-07-2021 | 13:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Codat, the technology company that enables small businesses to seamlessly share business and financial data with financial and other service providers, secures $40 million from investors, following 3x annual growth and doubling of headcount.


Ghanaian fintech startup Zeepay raises $7.9m Series A funding to support its operations
Published: 01-07-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ghanaian Fintech startup Zeepay announced the completion of a $7.9 million Series A.0 funding. The funding is a hybrid of both equity and balance sheet funds to support its operations.


South African fintech startup Ukheshe Technologies announces boostXB joint venture with ForexPeople
Published: 01-07-2021 | 13:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech startup, Ukheshe Technologies has partnered with ForexPeople, one of the country’s names in forex with over 20 years of experience, to seamlessly facilitate cross-border payments from South Africa into Africa.


Catalyst Fund announces Circle of Corporate Innovators to accelerate startup-corporate partnerships
Published: 29-06-2021 | 13:23:16 | By: Pie Kamau
Global inclusive tech accelerator Catalyst Fund, managed by BFA Global, today formally announced its Circle of Corporate Innovators, with its first members, Fidelity Bank, Ecobank, Sterling Bank, Access Bank and the VFD Group.


TycoonInvest launches platform for general public to invest in startups and small businesses
Published: 23-06-2021 | 14:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TycoonInvest announced the launch of a platform for the general public to invest in startups and small businesses.


Kenyan insurtech startups benefit from IRA, Prudential innovation hub
Published: 22-06-2021 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Three Kenyan insurtech startups each received Ksh 1.25 million in cash awards from an innovation hub steered by the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) in collaboration with Prudential Life Assurance and other partners, to promote insurance inclusivity.


SynFutures startup raises $14m Series A funding to democratize derivative markets
Published: 18-06-2021 | 12:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Decentralized derivatives exchange SynFutures, announced the close of a $14 million Series A round of financing led by Polychain Capital with participation from Framework, Pantera Capital, Bybit, Wintermute, CMS, Kronos, and IOSG Ventures.


Farmtech startup Iron Ox hires first CFO, Head of Marketing as company prepares for growth
Published: 18-06-2021 | 12:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Iron Ox, a farming innovation company with deep expertise in robotics and artificial intelligence, hired its first Chief Financial Officer and its first Head of Marketing as the company accelerates growth and expands its commercial footprint.


Banking as a service startup Unit raises $51m Series B funding to expand the team, accelerate growth
Published: 18-06-2021 | 12:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Unit, the banking-as-a-service startup that empowers companies to embed financial services into their products, announced it has raised a $51 million Series B led by Accel.


MarketForce acquires Digiduka startup to consolidate distribution of consumer goods with digital financial services in Africa
Published: 18-06-2021 | 12:08:43 | By: Pie Kamau
MarketForce, the end-to-end retail distribution platform for consumer brands in Africa, announced the strategic acquisition of Digiduka, a startup on a mission to bring informal retailers in Africa into the digital economy.


B9 raises $1.7m in pre-seed round to launch fintech platform to deliver full suite of personal financial services
Published: 17-06-2021 | 14:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech startup B9 Inc., announced it is launching a full suite of app-based financial services. The company raised $1.7 million in an ongoing pre-seed funding round and is building out a platform to address the needs of a huge market of potential customers.


London-based fintech startup ShareVision raises $2.1m seed for 24/7 streaming platform
Published: 17-06-2021 | 12:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ShareVision raised $2.1 million in seed funding to scale its financial streaming platform, where both businesses and consumers are streaming content on the stock market, economical updates and financial education.


Fintech startup The Beans announces $2m in funding to simplify the path to financial success
Published: 04-06-2021 | 10:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Beans, a financial technology startup built for America's Caring Class, announced $2 million in funding, led by Precursor Ventures.


Conquer Accelerator selects six startups for 2021 cohort
Published: 03-06-2021 | 13:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Conquer Accelerator announced its sixth season and summer 2021 cohort. The 10-week accelerator welcomes six selected teams to its East Lansing program: CrossBraining, Frizzmo, Nickels, Rebound AI, SafetySit, and Tandem.


Rapyd launches venture arm to propel digital commerce and payment innovation globally
Published: 03-06-2021 | 12:56:18 | By: Pie Kamau
Rapyd, a global Fintech-as-a-Service company, announced today the launch of Rapyd Ventures, its new venture arm that will focus on investing in early and growth stage businesses that are delivering the next wave of financial services innovation.


Healthcare fintech startup Green Feather secures $1.5m in seed round
Published: 02-06-2021 | 16:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Green Feather, an Atlanta-based healthcare fintech company, announced a seed capital raise of $1.5 million. The capital will bolster customer acquisition and engineering resources for Feather Pay, Green Feather's next-generation patient payments platform.


Venture capital funding for African startups to reach $2.8 billion in 2021, a record high for the continent
Published: 02-06-2021 | 13:49:00 | By: Bob Koigi
African tech accelerator AfricArena recently released a new report using Partech data which has forecast that venture capital funding for African startups will amount to between $2.25 billion and $2.8 billion this year, a record high for the continent.


Digital wallet startup Eco raises capital from cultural and business leaders to create a better financial future for everyone
Published: 01-06-2021 | 12:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eco, a digital wallet for saving and spending, announced some of the world's most prominent cultural icons participated in its recent fundraise of more than $26 million, alongside a16z Crypto, Founders Fund, and more than one hundred others.


Payment facilitation startup Tilled raises $11m Series A to provide PayFac-as-a-Service infrastructure to software companies
Published: 26-05-2021 | 15:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PayFac-as-a-Service startup Tilled, announced the close of $11 million in Series A funding to empower software companies to monetize the payments flowing through their platforms.


Synchrony commits $15m to early stage Black, Latinx and female venture capital funds
Published: 24-05-2021 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Synchrony, a consumer financial services company announced it will commit $15 million to venture capital funds led by Black, Latinx, and female investing partners.


Panther raises $2.5m to help businesses hire and pay employees in 160+ countries
Published: 21-05-2021 | 13:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Panther Global, which helps businesses hire and manage a global workforce in 160+ countries, announced the raise of $2.5 million in seed funding to expand, hire more internal talent, and continue to provide hiring and payroll support for businesses.


B2B insurtech startup Boost raises $20m Series B to enhance insurance market accessibility
Published: 21-05-2021 | 13:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Boost Insurance, the B2B digital insurance platform, announced the completion of a $20 million Series B financing round to fuel growth of its platform, new product development and partner marketing.


Fintech startup TiiCKER brings MarketWatch, CNBC, Benzinga and others to individual investors
Published: 21-05-2021 | 12:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TiiCKER, a Detroit-based fintech startup that engages, verifies and rewards retail investors through stock perks unveiled an aggregated news feature to its platform.


AlphaCode announces four startups taking part in the second phase of its incubate programme in South Africa
Published: 20-05-2021 | 14:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AlphaCode has announced the four fintech startups that will be part of the second phase of the AlphaCode Incubate programme.


South African fintech startup Ukheshe expands into Asia-Pacific region
Published: 20-05-2021 | 14:41:16 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech startup Ukheshe Technologies announced it will be expanding its footprint into the Asia-Pacific region as it introduces innovative digital-first payment solutions.


Railsbank partners with UK fintech startup Finadvant to offer digital banking to SMEs
Published: 19-05-2021 | 10:54:43 | By: Bob Koigi
Finadvant takes advantage of Railsbank's innovative BaaS platform to secure GBP and EUR ledger technology, offering the ability for their customers to receive, send and convert payments via SWIFT and UKFP.


Treasury Prime raises $20m in insider round
Published: 13-05-2021 | 11:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Treasury Prime, the Banking as a Service (BaaS) company, announced it has completed a $20 million Series B insider round co-led by Deciens Capital and QED Investors and with participation from SaaStr Fund, and Susa Ventures.


Loan infrastructure startup Spinwheel raise $11m to better manage, pay consumer debt
Published: 11-05-2021 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spinwheel, the platform that lets companies embed consumer debt solutions in their applications, disclosed fundraising of $11 million led by QED Investors with participation from Core Innovation Capital, Fika Ventures, and Firebolt Ventures.


AI-powered fintech startup Expend announces impressive start to crowdfunding campaign
Published: 11-05-2021 | 11:25:36 | By: Pie Kamau
Expend, the AI-powered fintech startup changing the way businesses manage expenses and spending, announced a great start to its crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs.


Mastercard Start Path selects Tippy to grow fintech solution for service industry professionals
Published: 07-05-2021 | 11:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tippy, the digital tipping platform, announced it has been selected to join Mastercard Start Path, an award-winning program for fintech innovators.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara selected for Japan-led Ninja Accelerator programme
Published: 06-05-2021 | 10:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital banking platform and fintech company Kwara has been selected for the first cohort of the Ninja Accelerator programme in Kenya.


Kenyan insurtech startup Lami Technologies raises $1.8m in seed funding
Published: 06-05-2021 | 10:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lami Technologies, a Kenyan insurance technology (insurtech) company that aims to democratize insurance products and services for low-income Kenyans, has raised $1.8 million in seed funding.


[Startup Interview] Marvin Akankwasa, CEO, Social Lend Africa, Uganda
Published: 05-05-2021 | 16:33:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Social Lend Africa is a Uganda-based financial technology company that facilitates transactions between micro-lenders and small business owners on its web and mobile app


DBSA launches second edition of the Youth Challenge in South Africa
Published: 05-05-2021 | 16:02:56 | By: Pie Kamau
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), launched the second edition of the DBSA Youth Challenge, a competition aimed at harnessing innovative solutions from young people in South Africa to help address infrastructure challenges.


West Africa's Uhuru Investment Partners closes growth fund at $113m with capital support from CDC
Published: 05-05-2021 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Uhuru Investment Partners (Uhuru), a middle-market private equity firm based out of Lagos and Abidjan, announced the first close of Uhuru Growth Fund I (UGF) at $113 million, with capital support from CDC Group.


Atlanta-based startup Outsource Monetic commences commercial and technical operations in West and Central Africa
Published: 04-05-2021 | 16:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Outsource Monetic™, an Atlanta GA based startup, officially started its commercial and technical operations in West and Central Africa regions.


Fortú launches Latino digital bank, raises $5m led by Valar Ventures
Published: 04-05-2021 | 12:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fortú announced the launch of its digital bank account focused on Latino and Hispanic U.S. residents who remain underserved by the "one size fits all" approach of traditional financial institutions.


Fintech startup Trust Payment expands into Ireland
Published: 30-04-2021 | 13:12:41 | By: Pie Kamau
Trust Payment has expanded into Ireland. The payments technology group will open an office in Dublin city centre as it seeks to benefit from local talent and rapid growth in the country's Fintech sector.


Dutch impact investment firm Goodwell Investments launches €50 million fund to support African SMEs
Published: 30-04-2021 | 13:04:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Goodwell V will build a new portfolio of companies across various sectors in Africa: at least a third will be invested in financial inclusion, a quarter in agriculture, and the remainder in mobility and other impact sectors such as education and healthcare.