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AI-powered freight dispatch startup SmartHop raises $4.5 Million to fund expansion
Published: 06-08-2020 | 19:32:17 | By: Bob Koigi
SmartHo​p,​ a Florida tech-enabled dispatch solution empowering small trucking companies to grow their businesses, has announced that it has closed a $4.5 Million Seed round


Polish healthtech startup Infermedica raises $10.25m in Series A funding for global expansion
Published: 06-08-2020 | 16:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Polish healthtech startup Infermedica has raised $10.25 million in Series A funding with participation from existing investors Karma Ventures, Inovo Venture Partners, and DreamIT Ventures, as well as two new co-lead investors, EBRD and heal capital.


German computer vision startup Segmentive closes €2m seed round to breakthrough whole-body mobile segmentation
Published: 06-08-2020 | 15:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Deep-tech computer vision startup Segmentive closed final funds in €2m seed round in a bid to deliver whole-body video segmentation, in real-time and on mobile.


San Francisco edtech startup Springboard raises $31 million Series B funding
Published: 05-08-2020 | 15:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
San Francisco edtech startup Springboard has raised $31 million in Series B funding led by Mark Sherman and Albert Bielinko from Telstra Ventures, Arrun Kapoor from SJF Ventures, and YB Choi from Vulcan Capital.


Seattle based startup Minnow raises $2.2 million to meet demand for contact free pickup solution
Published: 05-08-2020 | 14:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Minnow Technologies, a Seattle based IoT startup that has developed a contact free food delivery and pickup solution has raised $2.2 million in an oversubscribed seed round.


French startup DNA Script expands Series B funding to $89 million
Published: 05-08-2020 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup DNA Script announced a $50 million extension to its Series B financing, bringing the total investment of this round to $89 million led by Casdin Capital.


Austrian startup kompany accelerates growth with new funding, brings total raised to €14 million
Published: 05-08-2020 | 12:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
kompany, an award winning RegTech platform for Business KYC (KYB) announced new investment of almost €6 million to accelerate growth and expand its new product lines.


realme smartphone brand adds presence in Kenya
Published: 04-08-2020 | 13:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Emerging smartphone brand realme, has launched in Kenya as part of its global growth and expansion strategy.


Lithuanian AdTech startup RedTrack raises $500 000 from Genesis Investments and Iron Wolf Capital
Published: 03-08-2020 | 16:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lithuania based AdTech startup RedTrack has received $500 000 in Seed funding from Genesis Investments and Iron Wolf Capital to make ads spend more efficiently.


British startup Planet Smart City partners with UN-Habitat on slum upgrading initiatives in Kenya
Published: 03-08-2020 | 15:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British startup Planet Smart City has joined forces with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat to provide digital tools, community management and social innovation to help improve lives in informal settlements in Kenya.


U.S. startup Ossia partners with Toyoda Gosei to deliver wireless power over the air in vehicle cabins
Published: 03-08-2020 | 15:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Toyoda Gosei Co, a Toyota Group company, has concluded a joint development agreement with Ossia Inc, a U.S. startup that leads the world in the field of wireless power solutions.


VC4A announces 2020 ‘Venture Showcase - Seed’ for African early stage startups
Published: 03-08-2020 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
VC4A, in collaboration with technical partner AWS Activate, and network partners AfriLabs and ABAN is calling for African startups looking to raise between $150K and $1M.


UK startup Quantexa raises $64.7m to drive hyper-growth in big data and analytics ecosystem
Published: 31-07-2020 | 12:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Quantexa, the contextual decision intelligence software company, announced that it has raised $64.7 million in Series C funding led by Evolution Equity Partners, with major participation from existing investors.


French startup AB Tasty raises $40m to lead in experience optimization, feature management markets
Published: 31-07-2020 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup AB Tasty announced a Series C round of funding to revolutionize how companies deliver the best brand and product experiences.


Security startup Openpath receives $36 million to expand its safety platform for the built world
Published: 31-07-2020 | 11:19:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Openpath, a security startup specializing in modern mobile access control for the built world, has announced it’s closed a Series C funding round of $36 million.


Italian startup TIM, United Ventures launch €150m capital fund to support investments in mature innovative enterprises
Published: 30-07-2020 | 16:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Italian startup TIM signed an agreement with United Ventures to launch UV T- Growth fund that will support investments in mature innovative enterprises and SMEs in order to develop technological projects in Italy and abroad.


Seattle based startup Polyarc raises $9 million for augmented reality development
Published: 29-07-2020 | 13:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seattle based startup Polyarc announced the close of its $9 million Series B fund raise led by Hiro Capital, followed by Vulcan Capital, an existing investor, and Galaxy Interactive via its Galaxy EOS VC Fund.


EHF Marketing GmbH, Monaco startup IQONIQ partner to drive fan engagement in European club handball competitions
Published: 29-07-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EHF Marketing GmbH, the marketing subsidiary of the European Handball Federation, announced its partnership with IQONIQ, an innovative new fan engagement platform made for sports and entertainment.


Monaco headquartered startup IQONIQ secures €100m for global expansion
Published: 29-07-2020 | 12:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IQONIQ, a new fan engagement platform exclusively targeting the world of sports and entertainment, announced it has entered into a €100 million capital funding agreement with the Luxembourg based investment corporation Lux Media Investments.


Swiss startup Advertima raises €15m Series A funding to make smart retail spaces a reality
Published: 29-07-2020 | 11:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Advertima, an emerging computer vision platform provider, announced the close of a €15 million Series A investment round led by existing shareholder Swiss real estate company, Fortimo Group.


Kenyan agritech startup Lentera, MCFI ink deal to provide satellite based crop analysis for Mauritian farmers
Published: 29-07-2020 | 11:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Mauritius Chemical and Fertilizer Industry (MCFI), and Lentera Africa have signed a partnership that will see Lentera provide satellite-based crop health analysis and crop modelling services for Mauritian customers of MCFI.


VC4A announces 2020 Venture Showcase Seed targeting African early stage startups
Published: 29-07-2020 | 09:37:09 | By: Bob Koigi
VC4A has launched a call for African startups looking to raise between $150K and $1 million.


SAP.iO Fund invests in San Francisco based reference checking startup Crosschq
Published: 28-07-2020 | 14:08:25 | By: Pie Kamau
SAP SE investment arm, SAP.iO Fund, has backed Crosschq, a San Francisco based company that provides a platform for creating and sharing candidate references.


Evonik invests in Chinese tech startup to support intelligent, healthier pig farming
Published: 28-07-2020 | 13:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Evonik’s venture capital arm has invested in SmartAHC, a Chinese technology startup that enables more intelligent and healthier pig farming.


African AI startup Superfluid Labs receives investment from ShEquity
Published: 28-07-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GreenTec Capital announces that Superfluid Labs was selected as the first investment for the newly launched ShEquity investment vehicle which focuses on providing smart and sustainable investments for African female entrepreneurs.


PicsArt acquires motion based video effects startup D’efekt
Published: 27-07-2020 | 15:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Global visual creative platform PicsArt, has acquired advanced video effects company D'efekt for an undisclosed sum.


Synaptics to acquire DisplayLink extending video interface market leadership
Published: 25-07-2020 | 14:41:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Synaptics Incorporated has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire DisplayLink Corp., a startup in high-performance video compression technology, for $305 million.


French startup iObeya raises $17m to revolutionize visual management, expand its U.S. footprint
Published: 24-07-2020 | 16:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
iObeya, a leading provider of Enterprise Visual Management software, announced it has raised $17 million in a second round of funding from Red River West with participation from Atlantic Bridge Capital and Fortino Capital Partners.


London based health tech startup Closed Loop Medicine secures £250,000 Innovate UK continuity funding
Published: 24-07-2020 | 15:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Closed Loop Medicine (CLM), London based therapeutics and health tech company has secured a £250,000 COVID-19 Innovate UK Continuity Funding award to support its ongoing clinical research programme.


Go Ignite partners seek 5G use cases in global call for startups
Published: 24-07-2020 | 12:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Following the success of its previous global calls for startups, Go Ignite, an alliance of four leading global telcos, has launched Go Ignite: 5G Open Call for Startups to engage startups or venture capital-backed companies.


OneRail announces acceptance into Microsoft for Startups Programme
Published: 23-07-2020 | 17:31:24 | By: Bob Koigi
OneRail, an Orlando-based final mile delivery orchestration and fulfillment platform, hass announced its acceptance into the Microsoft for Startups immersive programme.


Spanish medtech startup QUIBIM closes €8 million investment round
Published: 22-07-2020 | 14:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spanish Medtech startup QUIBIM has closed €8 million new financing in a seed funding round co-led by Amadeus Capital Partners and Adara Ventures.


Moroccan learning startup KoolSkools raises $417,000 for local, international expansion
Published: 22-07-2020 | 13:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Moroccan learning platform KoolSkools has raised $417,000 from Maroc Numeric Fund II an unnamed business angel.The investment will be used to finance the development of KoolSkools both in Morocco and internationally.


Moroccan fintech startup OnePay announces $417,000 investment from Maroc Numeric Fund II
Published: 22-07-2020 | 13:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OnePay, a Moroccan fintech startup that operates as a distributor of means of payment and aggregator of payment and value-added services in electronic transactions announced a $417,000 investment from Maroc Numeric Fund II.


Quantum technology startup Q-CTRL enters global partnership with Advanced Navigation
Published: 22-07-2020 | 10:40:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Q-CTRL, a startup that applies the principles of control engineering to accelerate the development of quantum technology, has partnered with Advanced Navigation, a leader in AI-based navigational hardware.


AI startup Deep Longevity launches with Series A financing
Published: 22-07-2020 | 10:31:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Deep Longevity, a biotechnology company transforming longevity R&D through AI-discovered biomarkers of aging, has come out of stealth from Insilico Medicine with financing from prominent investors worldwide.


[Startup Interview] Vimbai Malandu, Co-Founder, YuPlan Limited, Zimbabwe
Published: 21-07-2020 | 18:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
YuPlan Limited is a Zimbabwe digital startup that allows customers to book a venue from anywhere in the world. The platform holds a selection of venues from office spaces, residential plots, gardens, school halls and sports fields among others.


Cornish startup Codices raises $800,000 seed round
Published: 21-07-2020 | 16:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Codices Interactive, a Cornish startup from the Falmouth Launchpad Incubator has closed its $800,000 seed round of funding led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) and Haatch Ventures.


Futuregrowth invests in South African online services disruptor startup SweepSouth
Published: 21-07-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Futuregrowth has invested in SweepSouth, a disruptive online platform for booking, managing and paying for home cleaning, and now a variety of other services.


Dutch fintech startup BUX launches zero-commission investing app to French users
Published: 20-07-2020 | 16:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dutch fintech startup BUX has launched its zero-commission investing app to French users, making it the first neobroker of its kind in the market.


Belfast health tech firm Neurovalens picked for UK startup scheme
Published: 20-07-2020 | 16:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Neurovalens, the Belfast tech company behind a headset developed to treat neurological health issues has been chosen for a major UK-wide programme.


Dutch startup Cevinio raises €4.5m to accelerate international growth
Published: 20-07-2020 | 16:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cevinio, a fast-growing Accounts Payable software company from Rotterdam has raised €4.5 million from Endeit Capital and CNBB Venture Partners.


South African animation and gaming startup Sea Monster secures $1m funding
Published: 17-07-2020 | 15:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Animation, gaming and AR/VR company Sea Monster announced the conclusion of a $1m investment from FirstRand’s Vumela Fund.


Pan-European micro-mobility startup Voi achieves profitability in June, secures $30m funding
Published: 16-07-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Voi Technology, the pan-European micro-mobility leader announced it has reached its first-ever monthly profit at group level for the month of June, less than two years since it launched the e-scooter service which now operates across 40 cities.


French startup Ponicode raises €3m to develop Artificial Intelligence for improved code quality
Published: 16-07-2020 | 12:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ponicode, a French start-up specialising in Artificial Intelligence and data sciences has announced a €3 million fundraising led by founder-friendly European VC, Breega, alongside Kima and Plug & Play Ventures.


London based startup TOffeeAM raises £1m in Seed funding to expand its innovative team
Published: 16-07-2020 | 12:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TOffeeAM, an Imperial College spin-out that optimizes product designs for Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has raised £1 million in seed funding.


[Startup Interview] Sanyogita Patil, CEO, Ahlan Emirate, United Arab Emirates
Published: 16-07-2020 | 09:46:25 | By: Bob Koigi
As small businesses struggle with visibility and constrained marketing budgets, Ahlan Emirate, a startup based in United Arab Emirates has introduced a unique marketing offering that includes free SEO, increased web presence and connecting these businesses to prospective customers through its digital directory.


Booking.com partners with Here Mobility to boost pre-booked airport taxi services in US and Europe
Published: 15-07-2020 | 16:47:01 | By: Bob Koigi
Booking.com and HERE have announced a partnership, that will give travelers using the Booking.com app and platform access to an additional 1.3 million vehicles in 70 cities across the US and Europe.


Finish startup Basemark  receives €7 million funding to accelerate vehicle automation
Published: 15-07-2020 | 16:42:51 | By: Bob Koigi
Basemark, Finland software company specializing in graphics and autonomous driving vehicle software, has successfully concluded a €7 million equity funding round by ETF Partners.


[Startup Interview] Anton Herbst, CEO, Vincula Holdings, South Africa
Published: 14-07-2020 | 17:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Vincula Holdings, domiciled in Johannesburg South Africa, is a startup connecting employers, project sponsors, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers through a platform that also seeks to provide participants with worldwide and focused exposure to grow their market share.


Nomad Homes secures $4 million financing to build digital real estate platform for Europe and the Middle East    
Published: 14-07-2020 | 16:55:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Nomad Homes , based in Dubai, has closed a $4 million funding round that was led by Comcast Ventures and participated in by Abstract Ventures, Partech, Precursur Ventures, WndrCo and Class 5 Global.


Dutch startup Open Social raises €1.25m for service expansion
Published: 14-07-2020 | 13:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Amsterdam-based B2B SaaS platform for building online communities Open Social has raised €1.25 million investment from Peak Capital and Nimbus Ventures.


UK property startups Goodlord and Vouch come together to create new market leader
Published: 13-07-2020 | 14:53:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Property technology company Goodlord will be joining forces with referencing platform Vouch, bringing the fast-growing Vouch business into the Goodlord group.


British Business Investments announces €120m commitment to LGT Capital Partners funds
Published: 13-07-2020 | 14:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British Business Investments, a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, announced the third commitment through its £500m Managed Funds Programme.


Eir Ventures announces first close of €76m fund to leverage untapped potential of health care innovation
Published: 13-07-2020 | 14:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eir Ventures, a Nordic Life Science Venture Fund, announced a first close of its new fund of €76 million to leverage untapped potential of health care innovation.


Wazoku acquires US open innovation leader InnoCentive, raises additional £1.25m to support global growth
Published: 10-07-2020 | 15:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wazoku, idea management software and services firm has announced a new funding round of £1.25M, led by Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) specialist.


Pisano secures $2.5 million investment to accelerate expansion
Published: 10-07-2020 | 14:57:28 | By: Bob Koigi
Pisano, a European tech company that enables businesses to listen to the voice of their customers and employees has closed its $2.5 Million investment round.


The Digital Africa seed fund off to a promising start, offers customized support for African startups
Published: 10-07-2020 | 12:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Digital Africa seed fund for innovative entrepreneurship in Africa is off to a promising start. Just six months on from its launch, already, one third of the €15 million for technical and financial assistance has already begun to flow.


Microsoft and Accenture partner on startup challenge to accelerate innovation in ecosystem
Published: 09-07-2020 | 15:36:27 | By: Bob Koigi
Microsoft’s 100X100X100 program is collaborating with Accenture to host the third edition of the Accenture Ventures Challenge for startups in India.


U.S. electric-vehicle startup Fisker completes $50m private financing to launch its Ocean all-electric luxury SUV in 2022
Published: 09-07-2020 | 15:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fisker, designer and manufacturer of the world’s most emotionstirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions announced the successful completion of a $50 million Series C financing round.


Enygma Ventures invests $1m in Zambian fintech startup Lupiya
Published: 09-07-2020 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Enygma Ventures has made a $1 million investment in Zambian based micro finance startup, Lupiya. This investment, will enable Lupiya to continue to scale and roll out its services.


Dutch tech company Tunga unveils free e-learning platform for African software developers
Published: 09-07-2020 | 09:03:57 | By: Bob Koigi
The Tunga Academy offers free online courses for African tech talent and is part of the company’s investment program for educational resources.


UK startup NumberEight raises $2.3m seed round from Nauta Capital to predict consumer behaviour
Published: 08-07-2020 | 15:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NumberEight, a contextual intelligence platform for mobile devices that predicts consumer context to deliver the right content at the right time, has closed a $2.3 million seed round led by Nauta Capital.


German startup NavVis receives €20m funding from the European Investment Bank
Published: 08-07-2020 | 15:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and NavVis signed a contract financing of €20 million to NavVis, a global market leader in digital twin technology.


[Startup Interview] Ian Sendagala, CEO, eFoods Trade, Uganda
Published: 08-07-2020 | 14:23:00 | By: Bob Koigi
eFoods Trade is an African online B2B marketplace connecting African foods to the global markets. The platform targets food importers, exporters, distributors, and manufacturers. Ian Sendagala the CEO explains.


Nigeria's FCMB, Passion Incubator partner to launch FCMB Agritech Epic Pitch 2020
Published: 07-07-2020 | 16:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria's First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has partnered with Passion Incubator, a Lagos-based early-stage incubator and accelerator that has invested in some Agritech startups, to launch the virtual edition of the FCMB Agritech Epic Pitch 2020.


GreenTec Capital invests in Nigerian wholesale e-commerce startup Pricepally
Published: 07-07-2020 | 15:34:25 | By: Pie Kamau
GreenTec Capital Partners announced its investment in Pricepally, an innovative digital Nigerian wholesale platform allowing users to purchase food and other products either individually or as a part of a group.


French startup Koala closes €1.6m seed round led by Insurtech Gateway
Published: 07-07-2020 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paris based insurtech Koala announced an investment of €1.6 million led by London based incubator and fund Insurtech Gateway alongside Playfair Capital, Techstars Ventures and private investors.


ETF leads €7 million investment in Finnish startup Basemark
Published: 07-07-2020 | 14:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Basemark, a leading software company specialising in graphics and autonomous driving vehicle software, has successfully concluded a €7 million equity funding round by ETF Partners.


UK legaltech startup Clara secures rights to incorporate companies in the Cayman Islands and Abu Dhabi
Published: 07-07-2020 | 14:09:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Clara, the London-based legaltech company, has announced that it has secured the rights to incorporate companies in two of the world's most popular jurisdictions for raising venture capital


British biotech startup Freeline closes $120m Series C financing round
Published: 06-07-2020 | 15:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Freeline, a biotechnology company focused on developing curative gene therapies for chronic systemic diseases announced the closing of a $120 million extended Series C financing.


Ingressive Capital grows African tech fund to $10 million
Published: 04-07-2020 | 13:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ingressive Capital has doubled its investment vehicle to back high-growth, tech-enabled startups across Africa, and now operates a $10 million fund.


New York fintech startup CMG raises $25m to digitally connect equity capital markets participants
Published: 04-07-2020 | 13:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Capital Markets Gateway (CMG), a New York based financial technology firm modernizing the equity capital markets (ECM) announced it received a strategic investment of $25 million from several financial firms.


U.S. based startup Andela to double engineering talent pool with Pan-African expansion
Published: 04-07-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Andela, the global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams, will now accept engineers from all African countries, expanding its presence from six countries to the entire continent.


Privacy software company OneTrust acquires Seattle based startup Integris
Published: 03-07-2020 | 16:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Atlanta-based privacy, security, data governance, and compliance technology company OneTrust announced its Integris Software acquisition.


French startup Unlatch raises $5.8m funding round by AXA Venture Partners
Published: 03-07-2020 | 11:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Unlatch, a French pioneer in digital real estate sales, announced a $5.8 million financing round, including $4.5 million in equity from AXA Venture Partners and $1.3 million in debt.


Belgium startup e-peas raises further €8 million in VC for long term growth
Published: 03-07-2020 | 11:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Award-winning Belgium start-up e-peas has raised an additional €8 million worth of investment led by Partech and Airbus Ventures, with KBC Focus Fund, W.IN.G, Noshaq Ventures, LeanSquare, Nivelinvest and Vives also contributing.


Kennet raises $250 million fifth fund for investment in bootstrapped software startups
Published: 03-07-2020 | 11:00:07 | By: Bob Koigi
Kennet Partners Limited, a European technology growth equity investor focused on bootstrapped and capital efficient companies and startups, has raised $250 million for its fifth fund, Kennet V.


Estonian startup Veriff closes $15.5 million financing round for global expansion
Published: 03-07-2020 | 10:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonian identity verification startup Veriff closed a financing round of $15.5 million to ramp up global growth and sales to enterprise customers prior to a larger B-series financing round planned in the future.


MFS Africa acquires East Africa fintech startup Beyonic
Published: 03-07-2020 | 09:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
East Africa fintech startup Beyonic announced that the company has been acquired by MFS Africa. MFS Africa operates Africa’s largest digital payments hub, connecting more than 200 million mobile wallets on the continent.


Dutch startup WordProof wins €1 million for using blockchains for social good
Published: 02-07-2020 | 14:30:47 | By: Bob Koigi
Dutch startup WordProof has won one million Euros in the pan-European competition ‘Blockchains for social good’ by the European Commission.


Belgium mobility startup Skipr secures €7 million to fund European expansion
Published: 02-07-2020 | 14:20:10 | By: Bob Koigi
Skipr, a Belgian startup that enables companies to bring the future of mobility to their employees, has secured a seven million euro Series A round of funding.


Nigerian fintech startup Wallets Africa raises undisclosed amount for African expansion
Published: 01-07-2020 | 15:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Wallets Africa has raised an undisclosed amount of funding to expand its operations and continue its quest to become Africa’s foremost borderless digital payments platform.


E-mobility startup Bolt launches electric bikes in Paris
Published: 01-07-2020 | 15:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
E-mobility startup Bolt has announced the introduction of four and two-wheeled vehicles for Parisian urban commuters, who will now have the opportunity to get from A to B on a Bolt electric bike.


TIER Mobility gears up for UK launch, hires two industry top figures
Published: 30-06-2020 | 16:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TIER Mobility, a European provider of micro-mobility solutions has hired two senior figures in the ride-sharing and e-mobility sector as it gears up for its UK launch - Fred Jones as General Manager U.K., and Benjamin Bell as Head of Public Policy for Northern Europe.


Ziticity raises €2.2 million seed investment for Europe expansion
Published: 30-06-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lithuanian logistics platform Ziticity has closed a €2.2 million seed equity investment round led by NordicNinja VC in participation with Superhero Capital VC, Practica Capital, Superangel VC, Startup Wise Guys and business angel Maksim Golivkin.


[Startup Interview] Riaan Rautenbach, CEO, Live Fr8, South Africa
Published: 30-06-2020 | 14:07:15 | By: Bob Koigi
LIVE FR8™ is a South African startup that offers cargo suppliers and transporters improved and cheaper logistics services through cloud technology. Cargo suppliers and transporters connect directly.


[Startup Interview] Ibrahim Abdullahi, CEO, NBE Consults, Nigeria
Published: 30-06-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Bob Koigi
In Africa, the use of GIS and Remote Sensing as a tool for problem solving is still in its early stages especially for location based services.Nigeria-based NBE Consults is working to change this narrative.


[Startup Interview] Anton Janovsky, Founder, Giga Technology, South Africa
Published: 30-06-2020 | 13:11:36 | By: Bob Koigi
Giga Technology is a South African telecommunications startup involved in the manufacture and export of a host of communication technologies across Africa and Europe.


[Startup Interview] Katlego Malatji, CEO, ProjectOne Engineering, South Africa
Published: 30-06-2020 | 12:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Katlego Malatji is the CEO of ProjectOne, a South African based innovative engineering consultancy company that focuses on 4IR projects in manufacturing.


French based startup ubble raises €10 million, partners with Bpifrance
Published: 25-06-2020 | 16:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ID verification startup ubble successfully raised funds from Partech and Breega to complete its seed round, bringing its total financing to more than €10 million.


Crowdsourced ethical hacking platform Intigriti raises €4m for international expansion
Published: 25-06-2020 | 13:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Belgium based crowdsourced cybersecurity firm Intigriti has raised €4.14 million in their Series A round, led by European based venture capital firm ETF partners.


Google for Startups Accelerator Africa class 5 to be held remotely
Published: 24-06-2020 | 16:16:59 | By: Bob Koigi
Google for Startups Accelerator, formerly known as Launchpad, Africa Class 5 will be done remotely. This year Google says it will be hosting 20 startups instead of 12


Memo Bank becomes first independent bank launched in France, closes $23 million funding round
Published: 24-06-2020 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup Memo Bank has become the first independent bank to emerge in France in half a century and it aims to support the growth and digital transformation of French and European small and medium-sized enterprises.


German startup Elucidate raises €2.5m to expand its financial crime index
Published: 24-06-2020 | 13:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Berlin-based financial crime risk quantification agency Elucidate has raised €2.5 million investment led by Silicon Valley-based 11.2 Capital with other participants in the round including Seed X Liechtenstein, Apex Ventures, Big Start Ventures and SixThirty Ventures.


[Startup Interview] Xander Groesbeek, CEO, Rate My Meeting, The Netherlands
Published: 24-06-2020 | 12:13:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Rate My Meeting is a Dutch startup that works with professionals and companies to improve meetings, their inclusivity, effectiveness and employee satisfaction.


Spain cybersecurity startup Kymatio closes €725,000 in financing round from Sabadell and JME Ventures
Published: 23-06-2020 | 16:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kymatio, the SaaS platform that enables the management of cyber risk for employees, has increased its first round of investment by 40% to accommodate two new partners, Banco Sabadell BStartup and the JME Ventures fund.


Dutch agritech startup Connecterra lands €7.8m to accelerate industry digitization
Published: 23-06-2020 | 16:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Amsterdam based startup Connecterra, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) leader for the dairy sector has secured €7.8 million in a Series B funding round. The round adds new AgTech and industry insiders as investors in the Company.


Egypt startup Sakneen secures Y Combinator investment
Published: 23-06-2020 | 15:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cairo based real estate startup Sakneen has been backed by Y Combinator in its mission to help homebuyers digitally search for and buy homes in Egypt.


New York health startup Cedar closes $102m Series C funding and new innovation partnership with Novant Health
Published: 23-06-2020 | 11:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New York based patient engagement and financial technology leader, Cedar, announced it has closed more than $102m in Series C funding, led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.


Horizon Quantum raises seed financing to $3.23m for software development
Published: 23-06-2020 | 11:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Horizon Quantum Computing, a Singapore-based startup developing programming tools for quantum computers announced it has increased its seed financing to $3.23 million, a seed-plus round led by Sequoia Capital India with participation from previous investors.


British startup Cazoo reaches unicorn status, gets extra £25m funding
Published: 23-06-2020 | 10:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British used-car startup Cazoo has joined the exclusive list of companies known as unicorns, with valuations in excess of $1 billion.


UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund announces investment for startups in developing, emerging economies
Published: 23-06-2020 | 10:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eight technology companies in developing and emerging economies will receive investment from the UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund (CryptoFund) to solve local and global challenges.


Urbint secures $20 million funding for AI powered field safety information for utlities
Published: 19-06-2020 | 15:18:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Urbint, a New York startup dealing in in artificial intelligence for Field Risk Management, has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round.


Germany experience management startup zenloop raises €6.1 million to fund expansion
Published: 18-06-2020 | 15:14:47 | By: Bob Koigi
zenloop, an integrated experience management platform based in Germany has announced a financing round of 6.1 million euros.


Suguba targets Francophone Africa tech startups with accelerator programme
Published: 18-06-2020 | 15:07:19 | By: Bob Koigi
Suguba in partnership Mercy Corps and the French Development Agency (AFD) and Mercy Corps - is organizing their second 6-month investment readiness program in West Africa to support the 8 most promising startups.


VC4A announces 2020 Venture Showcase Series A targeting African scale ups
Published: 17-06-2020 | 13:01:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Partnering with technical partner AWS Activate, VC4A will be hosting the exclusive ‘Venture Showcase - Series A’ in October as part of a virtual gathering of Africa-focused early-stage investors.


Finland startup IQM nabs €17.5 million for development of quantum computers
Published: 16-06-2020 | 11:03:17 | By: Bob Koigi
IQM Finland Oy, a European company for quantum computer hardware, has been awarded a €2.5 million grant and up to €15 million of equity investment from the EIC Accelerator program.


USA health startup Conversa raises $12 million to accelerate the need for digital health
Published: 11-06-2020 | 16:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Conversa Health, a leading virtual care and communication platform that delivers personalized, automated patient engagement, has closed $12 million in a Series B funding bringing the total raised to over $26 million.


French startup Monk raises $2.4m Seed round to develop AI-based inspection technology
Published: 11-06-2020 | 15:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup Monk, an Artificial Intelligence focused on car damage detection announced a $2.4 million fundraising Seed round led by Iris Capital, alongside Plug and Play and key business angels.


Naspers Foundry invests R100 million in South African agri-tech startup, Aerobotics
Published: 11-06-2020 | 14:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Naspers announced a R100 million investment in agritech business Aerobotics, through its early-stage business funding initiative Naspers Foundry. Aerobotics is a subscription-based artificial intelligence (AI) company that provides intelligent tools for the agricultural industry to manage its crops.


New York-based RapidSOS startup raises $21m to help first responders take on unprecedented pandemic
Published: 10-06-2020 | 17:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
RapidSOS, a New York-based emergency response technology company has raised a $21 million funding round led by Transformation Capital, a leading digital health growth equity fund.


EBRD, EU support Jordan based tech startup Abjjad
Published: 10-06-2020 | 16:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tech startup Abjjad, the first Arabic social network for readers, authors, and bloggers in the Middle East has benefited from the EBRD Star Venture programme in Jordan and is also an Oasis500 accelerator beneficiary.


[Startup Interview] Anton Kooijman, Elwin Gastelaars, Founders, Be-Addy, The Netherlands
Published: 10-06-2020 | 15:32:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Dutch startup Be-Addy works with media agencies and advertisers to create, optimize and automate their media plans. Anton Kooijman, Elwin Gastelaars, the founders of the online advertising company elaborate.


Solar leasing startup Sun Exchange secures $3 million investment from ARCH for African market expansion
Published: 09-06-2020 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African solar leasing startup Sun Exchange has secured a $3 million investment from ARCH Emerging Markets Partners’ Africa Renewable Power Fund (ARPF), marking the close of $4 million Series-A funding round.


Pan-European startup EstateGuru exceeds €350K funding target by 252 %
Published: 09-06-2020 | 13:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-European marketplace for short-term, property-backed loans, EstateGuru has closed a €880K funding round on investment platform Seedrs.


French healthtech startup Ambler raises €6 million to accelerate digitalization of medical transport
Published: 09-06-2020 | 12:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
18 months after its first fundraising, Ambler has completed a € 6 million round of financing with Bpifrance via the Digital Venture pole, Idinvest Partners, Partech and Kima Ventures to accelerate the development of its platform for connecting carriers sanitary and health establishments.


Six agritech startups selected for Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator programme
Published: 05-06-2020 | 16:28:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator has selected six new participating startups focused on agriculture technology solutions to join the programme.


Paypal invests in Sweden fintech startup Tink to grow European footprint
Published: 05-06-2020 | 16:13:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Paypal has invested €90 million in Stockholm-based fintech Tink and entered into a strategic agreement with the startup.


Luxembourg startup Wizata secures €2.7 million financing to digitize manufacturing with AI
Published: 04-06-2020 | 15:27:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Wizata, the Industry 4.0 Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup from Luxembourg, has raised €2.7 million from the original founders.


UK cryptocurrency startup Plutus announces partnership with Nike
Published: 04-06-2020 | 15:23:00 | By: Bob Koigi
London-based Plutus​, a Fintech firm has announced an affiliate partnership with sports apparel giant, Nike.


Irish startup TripAdmit raises €300,000 to boost tourism industry
Published: 04-06-2020 | 15:20:06 | By: Bob Koigi
Ticketing platform TripAdmit has raised €300,000 in seed funding to expand its solution aimed at tour and activity operators.


Orange Ventures launches MEA Seed Challenge to finance entrepreneurs of seed startups in Middle East and Africa
Published: 04-06-2020 | 14:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Orange Ventures launched the MEA Seed Challenge to give entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East the means to launch and develop their business.


Forestry startup Timbeter collaborates with Costa Rica government to support digitization of forest management
Published: 04-06-2020 | 09:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonian forestry startup Timbeter and the government of Costa Rica kicked-off a project with the goal to support the digitization of forest management, and increase competitiveness of the local forestry sector.


EBRD, Wise Guys startup enter Fintech accelerator partnership
Published: 04-06-2020 | 08:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Start-ups across the regions where the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invests will benefit from a new partnership between the Bank and Startup Wise Guys, a leading start-up accelerator with a presence across the Baltic states.


UK startup Planet Smart City expands further in Brazil with new smart city launch
Published: 03-06-2020 | 11:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Planet Smart City startup, the global leader in smart afordable housing, has expanded its presence in Brazil with the launch of its fourth smart project in the country- Smart City Aquiraz.


Germany startup Vara raises €6.5 million for AI-powered breast cancer screening software
Published: 03-06-2020 | 10:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vara​, the Berlin-based company on a mission to save lives by making breast cancer screening accessible worldwide, has raised €6.5 million Series A funding round, led by ​OMERS Ventures​.


CirrusHQ announces £400,000 investment, appointment of Alastair Mills as new Chairman to drive business growth in the UK
Published: 01-06-2020 | 17:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CirrusHQ, a leading Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Consulting and Solution Provider partner, announced it has secured a £400,000 growth capital investment plus the appointment of Alastair Mills as the company’s new Chairman.


French HR solution startup Neobrain raises €3m to support employees in professional transformation
Published: 01-06-2020 | 16:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French HR solution startup Neobrain has together with Breega, raised €3 million to support employees in professional transformation in a rapidly changing world.


Spain startup Zeleros raises €7m in financing to lead the development of hyperloop in Europe
Published: 01-06-2020 | 16:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Zeleros Hyperloop startup has completed a financing round worth more than €7 million for the company to start a new and important phase in the development of its unique version of hyperloop, the fifth mode of transport.


Global payment processor Checkout.com acquires Australian startup Pin Payments
Published: 29-05-2020 | 17:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Checkout.com has acquired Australian startup, Pin Payments. The move represents the next chapter of Checkout.com’s momentum across APAC.


US fintech startup PruPay partners with PayPal to launch touchless payments
Published: 29-05-2020 | 16:56:00 | By: Bob Koigi
PruPay, a U.S.-based payments technology company has joined forces with PayPal to launch touchless pay for customers through text messaging.


Guinea startup Tulip Industries designs tablet to diagnose Covid-19 symptoms
Published: 29-05-2020 | 13:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
To contribute to the collective effort to fight against the new coronavirus, Guinean startup Tulip Industries has designed a tablet that is able to identify Covid-19 symptoms.


Dutch firm CNBB invests in South African employee engagement solution startup, Wyzetalk
Published: 29-05-2020 | 11:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dutch investment company CNBB Venture Partners has made a multi-million euro investment in Wyzetalk, a fast-growing digital employee engagement company.


UK startup Poplar raises $2.1m to address growing appetite for augmented reality during lockdown
Published: 28-05-2020 | 16:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
UK startup Poplar has closed a $2.1 million investment, led by Fuel Ventures, to push its ambition to become the world’s leading augmented reality (AR) creative platform.


Finnish startup Kide Science raises €1.5m in seed round to accelerate international growth
Published: 28-05-2020 | 16:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global early childhood science learning provider startup Kide Science has secured €1.5m funding in a seed round led by Sparkmind.vc, with selected existing investors including Zanichelli Venture also participating.


Iceland startup Meninga raises €8.5 million to grow digital banking offering
Published: 28-05-2020 | 14:38:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Iceland-based Meniga has closed a €8.5 million strategic investment that will be used for continued investment in its research and development activities.


Swedish digital healthcare startup Doktor.se secures $50 million to strengthen online medicare
Published: 28-05-2020 | 14:34:09 | By: Bob Koigi
Doktor.se, one of Sweden's largest players in digital healthcare has secured approximately $50 million in a capital round where Carnegie and Handelsbanken have been advisers.


France cloud based phone system Aircall secures $65 million to fund expansion
Published: 27-05-2020 | 14:56:00 | By: Bob Koigi
French tech startup Aircall has raised $65 million in Series C funding as it looks to bolster its cloud-based voice platform and fund its expansion.


UK startup Greyparrot raises €2 million in seed funding round to revolutionise recycling with waste recognition software
Published: 27-05-2020 | 14:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AI tech startup Greyparrot has raised €2 million to tackle the growing waste crisis by introducing digitisation and automation to recycling.


P101 leads €3.5 million investment round in Italian startup AppQuality
Published: 27-05-2020 | 09:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Venture Capital P101 SGR , through its second vehicle P102 and ITA500 (venture capital fund set up by Azimut Sgr Free Enterprise and managed by P101), lead a € 3.5 million investment round in AppQuality.


Swedish startup Mycorena raises €1.2 million funding to expand production, scale-up activities
Published: 26-05-2020 | 15:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swedish startup Mycorena has raised over €1.2 million to fund the scale-up expansion of the product to reach the mass market, by financing the sustainable growth of the company initiating their first small-scale industrial production plant in Falkenberg.


Irish startup Buymie enters UK online grocery market in a deal with Co-Op
Published: 26-05-2020 | 15:02:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Irish startup Buymie has teamed-up with Co-op to offer same-day home grocery deliveries to over 200,000 households across Bristol.


Bolt raises €100m from Naya Capital to expand transport, food delivery services in Europe and Africa
Published: 26-05-2020 | 15:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonia-based Bolt has closed an investment round of €100m from Naya Capital Management to help the company continue to scale its product segments from ride-hailing to micro-mobility and food delivery in Europe and Africa.


BlaBlaCar partners with Voi Technology to offer e-scooters in France
Published: 26-05-2020 | 14:58:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Carpooling platform BlaBlaCar has chosen to extend its offer and partner with Swedish electric scooters company Voi Technology to offer BlaBla Ride Scooters.


Kenya's retail-tech startup MarketForce 360 secures $350,000 in seed investment
Published: 26-05-2020 | 13:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mesozi Group announces the close of USD 350,000 seed investment from a group of strong Kenyan angel investors through ViKtoria Business Angels Network(VBAN), alongside Growing Africa Capital and global VCs.


[Startup Interview] Emmanuel Addo, CEO, EADfix, Ghana
Published: 25-05-2020 | 13:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
EADfix, a Ghana-based tech platform, connects customers with verified service providers across different industries as it seeks to meet the growing demand for convenience, reliability and speed.


Flat6Labs Tunis hosts Fifth Demo Day, graduates 8 startups digitally
Published: 25-05-2020 | 10:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flat6Labs Tunis celebrated it’s fifth Demo Day online, with 8 innovative startups presenting their businesses to hundreds of registered attendees.


UK online investment startup Freetrade closes £7 million crowdfunding round
Published: 22-05-2020 | 15:18:59 | By: Bob Koigi
Online investing platform Freetrade, has defied the Covid-19 lockdown to raise £7 million from more than 8,000 people.


Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $6 million funding to reach more farmers
Published: 22-05-2020 | 09:37:26 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenya’s agritech and financial services startup Apollo Agriculture has raised $6 million in Series A financing to bolster its resolve to empower small-scale farmers to maximize their profits.


[Startup Interview] Iris Skrami, Co-Founder, Renoon, Netherlands
Published: 21-05-2020 | 17:44:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Renoon is a Dutch fashiontech startup that connects customers with innovation and the new ways to consume fashion and is is the first platform that utilizes technology to screen items for their sustainability characteristics.


US digital insurance startup Coalition secures $90 million to tackle cyber risks
Published: 21-05-2020 | 11:12:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Coalition, a US cyber insurance and security startup has raised $90 million in equity capital to fuel its mission to solve cyber risk, and support its rapid growth and global expansion.


UK fintech CountingUp receives £4milion for its banking and accounting app
Published: 20-05-2020 | 13:11:19 | By: Bob Koigi
London-based fintech startup Countingup has received £4milion from venture capital firm ING Ventures to bolster its mobile banking app.


Dataplace opens hypermodern datacenter in Amsterdam metropolitan area
Published: 19-05-2020 | 15:10:24 | By: Bob Koigi
Netherlands' carrier neutral datacenter operator Dataplace, has opened a sixth Tier III datacenter in Hoofddorp.


New York investment management startup Vise secures $14.5 million funding
Published: 19-05-2020 | 15:07:29 | By: Bob Koigi
Vise, an AI-driven investment management platform built for the modern financial advisor, has secured $14.5 million in Series A funding, bringing the total capital raised since Vise's founding to over $16 million.


Innovate Now Accelerator Programme seeks African mobile solutions to assist persons with disabilities
Published: 19-05-2020 | 15:00:56 | By: Bob Koigi
Innovate Now, is seeking applications from innovators across the African continent who are dedicated to developing mobile based technologies designed to assist people living with disabilities.


Villgro Kenya awards $150,000 to 12 startups fighting COVID-19 in Africa
Published: 19-05-2020 | 13:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Villgro Kenya has awarded $150,000 in grant to 12 innovative startups from East Africa with technologies and innovations that could help in testing, monitoring and managing aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Intel Capital invests $132 million in 11 disruptive technology startups
Published: 19-05-2020 | 12:52:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Intel Capital, the global investment arm of tech giant Intel has invested $132 million in 11 technology startups.


French fintech startup Agicap raises €15 million to bolster operations
Published: 19-05-2020 | 12:51:36 | By: Bob Koigi
Agicap, a French-based startup building a SaaS platform for SMBs to manage and forecast their cash flows, has raised €15 million in a round led by Partech.


[South Africa] Food delivery startup Zulzi raises $1.6 million to expand operations
Published: 18-05-2020 | 15:02:39 | By: Bob Koigi
Zulzi, a South Africa based on-demand delivery platform has bagged R30 million ($1.6 million) funding from an unnamed JSE-listed company, aimed to expand its operations.


[Startup Interview] Julius Masaba, Co-Founder, Ablestate, Uganda
Published: 18-05-2020 | 13:03:09 | By: Bob Koigi
Ablestate, a Ugandan startup works with businesses to point them to the right software developers while offering digital training to institutions of higher learning. In the process the startup is addresings youth unemployment in the East African nation.


Samsung invests in five startups from its C-Lab Program
Published: 18-05-2020 | 12:59:14 | By: Bob Koigi
Samsung Electronics have pledged support to five startups that were created by Samsung employees as part of the company’s C-Lab Inside in-house incubation program.


[Startup Interview] Candace Knox, CEO, Fat Finger Technologies, South Africa
Published: 15-05-2020 | 16:16:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Fat Finger Technologies in South Africa offers an array of Information Technology services and solutions ranging from simple office networks to full cloud-hosted solutions to public facing networks with internet fail-over.


US pizza platform Slice raises $43 million to scale delivery
Published: 15-05-2020 | 10:58:00 | By: Bob Koigi
US online delivery platform for local pizza shops Slice, has raised $43 million in Series C funding from U.S. private equity firm KKR.


Nigeria's Helium Health startup secures $10 million Series A financing round for market expansion
Published: 14-05-2020 | 14:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lagos-based healthcare startup Helium Health has completed a $10 million Series-A funding round. Global Ventures and Africa Healthcare Masterfund (AAIC) co-led the investment round.


[Startup Interview] Tatiana Da Encarnação, CEO, Imo Next, Angola
Published: 14-05-2020 | 10:55:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Imo Next is a real estate startup in Angola that is seeking to bridge the gap in property search and acquisition by providing a one stop digital shop for agents, advertisers, owners and customers.


Germany recruitment startup Zenjob bets on €27 million funding for expansion
Published: 14-05-2020 | 10:53:41 | By: Bob Koigi
Digital recruitment agency Zenjob has successfully completed its Series C financing round of €27 million which it is betting on to grow footprint.


Dutch e-bike startup VanMoof raises $13.5 million for global expansion
Published: 13-05-2020 | 16:38:54 | By: Bob Koigi
Dutch e-bike tech scale-up VanMoof, has raised approximately $13.5 million from Europe’ top venture capital firms Balderton Capital and assembly partner SINBON Electronics.


Italy’s virtual reality startup inVRsion secures € 3 million to drive 3D digitization
Published: 13-05-2020 | 16:33:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Milan-based virtual reality startup inversion has successfully closed its third oversubscribed fund raising for a total amount of €3 million euros.


DispatchTrack announces $144 million funding to optimize last-mile logistics
Published: 12-05-2020 | 19:09:12 | By: Bob Koigi
DispatchTrack, a provider of SaaS-based last-mile logistics solutions in San Jose California, has closed a $144 million growth transaction led by Spectrum Equity.


Seattle VC firm Madrona invests $8.5 million in vendor management startup VNDLY
Published: 12-05-2020 | 18:54:54 | By: Bob Koigi
American Venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group has invested $8.5 million in cloud-based workforce management systems startup VNDLY.


Zoom acquires encryption startup Keybase as it bolsters online security
Published: 09-05-2020 | 17:56:49 | By: Bob Koigi
Zoom has acquired Keybase, a secure messaging and file-sharing startup.


Swiss fintech startup Alpian secures €11.5 million to launch digital bank
Published: 09-05-2020 | 08:41:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Swiss digital financial services company, Alpian SA, has announced a successful Series A funding round worth CHF 12.2 million, approximately €11.5 million.


[Startup Interview] Daniel Greaves, CEO, Fuel to Fly, South Africa
Published: 08-05-2020 | 18:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Daniel Greaves is the founder and CEO of South Africa-based startup Fuel to Fly that offer boutique sales outreach services that are powered by advanced data analytics.


Intel acquires urban transit startup Moovit for $900 million
Published: 08-05-2020 | 15:45:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Global tech multinational Intel Corporation has acquired Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service, MaaS, solutions startup, for an estimated $900 million.


[Startup Interview] Nick Belmont, Chief Sales Officer, TBP Limited, UK
Published: 08-05-2020 | 13:10:49 | By: Bob Koigi
TBP Limited, a UK fintech startup, operates tbeep™, an electronic platform offering corporations a faster and smarter model that addressess the delays and physical interaction involved with handling money, cheques, and paperwork.


[Startup Interview] Terry Macharia, Founder, Secvate Solutions, Kenya
Published: 08-05-2020 | 13:09:35 | By: Bob Koigi
Terry Macharia is a founder and Managing Partner at Secvate Solutions, an information technology startup domiciled in Nairobi Kenya that has since 2018 been offering customized software solutions, cyber security consultancy and data analytics services to MSMEs.


Germany-based Zeitgold raises €27 million to automate bookkeeping
Published: 07-05-2020 | 10:37:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Zeitgold, has announced it has raised €27 million in Series B funding as it seeks to grow its footprint in small business accounting automation business.


Peak Capital leads 2.5M € million seed-extension round in German startup GraphCMS
Published: 05-05-2020 | 09:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GraphCMS GmbH, the company behind the GraphQL-native Headless CMS GraphCMS, announces a seed extension round of 2.5M €. The round is led by Peak Capital, with GraphCMS being their first investment in the German startup ecosystem.


France startup Libeo raises €4 million to digitize invoicing for SMEs
Published: 01-05-2020 | 15:02:19 | By: Bob Koigi
Libeo, France Fintech startup that simplifies the management and payment of supplier invoices for VSEs-SMEs, has announced a new round of funding of €4 million.


Rapid7 set to acquire cloud security startup DivvyCloud for $145 million
Published: 30-04-2020 | 14:31:15 | By: Bob Koigi
Rapid7, Inc., a provider of security analytics and automation, has entered into an agreement to acquire DivvyCloud Corporation, a Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) company.


Dutch Startup Route42 raises funds for international expansion
Published: 25-04-2020 | 10:13:08 | By: Bob Koigi
Route42, a Dutch Startup that has embraced smart data in assisting logistics become more efficient and save money has raised €700,000 from BOM Brabant Ventures and Peak Capital.


[Startup Interview] Martial Medi, Founder, SIP Management, UK
Published: 24-04-2020 | 14:50:00 | By: Bob Koigi
London-based SIP Management is a startup empowering creators, innovators and businesses from lower income communities that often fail to successfully monetize their Intellectual property due to the high costs involved and lack of supportive networks.


Medopad rebrands as Huma, acquires UK AI and wearable tech startups
Published: 23-04-2020 | 12:39:00 | By: Bob Koigi
London-based healthcare technology company Medopad has changed its name to Huma and announced acquisition of two UK AI and wearable technology businesses, BioBeats and TLT.


US tech startup AI.Reverie secures $5.6 million financing from Vulcan Capital
Published: 22-04-2020 | 11:06:00 | By: Bob Koigi
US-based computer startup AI.Reverie, has completed a $5.6 million equity round of financing led by private investment firm Vulcan Capital.


[Startup Interview] Cyrus Mulinge, CEO, Trots Technologies, Kenya
Published: 21-04-2020 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cyrus Mulinge is the CEO of Trots Technologies, a Kenyan based mobile commerce platform that allows seamless and uninterrupted interaction between businesses and their audiences.


Nano Interactive secures £5.5 million funding to grow intent targeting advertisement
Published: 16-04-2020 | 14:41:00 | By: Bob Koigi
London- based advertising technology company Nano Interactive has secured £5.5 million capital investment from Maven Capital Partners, Foresight Group, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank to scale operations which will see the company expand to United States.


[Startup Interview] Nathaniel Ndegwa, Managing Director, Tipping Point Media, Kenya
Published: 11-03-2020 | 12:46:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
Nathaniel Ndegwa is the Managing Director of Tipping Point Media, a Kenyan digital marketing startup that has now grown its clientele to 15 countries,, with a bias to SMEs and E-commerce


[Startup Interview] Adeniyi Atiba, Director, Dr.3pleA Company, Nigeria
Published: 04-03-2020 | 12:49:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Dr.3pleA Company is a tech startup domiciled in Nigeria that offers a host of services among them HR Management consulting, e-learning and provision of information on investment in real estate


[Startup Interview] Goodnews Chibuke, CEO, Dochase, Nigeria
Published: 04-03-2020 | 12:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dochase is a Nigerian data startup that assists businesses understand their markets, clientele with a view to boosting their sales and customer numbers. Goodnews Chibuke the CEO talked to Africa Business Communities about the startup’s business model.


[Startup Interview] Rich Cheary, CEO, PT SportSuite, South Africa
Published: 26-02-2020 | 12:52:00 | By: Bob Koigi
PT SportSuite is a South African company whose mission is to digitally disrupt the sporting industry’s media landscape by allowing sporting organisations to operate like commercially-minded modern media houses, while building


[Startup Interview] Freeman Addico, CEO, Addicnet, Ghana
Published: 25-02-2020 | 12:47:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Pan-African cloud computing and ecommerce solutions provider Addicnet is redefining cloud computing landscape in the continent through its unique offerings. Addicnet is a Pan-African Cloud computing and ecommerce solutions provider aiding African companies


[Startup Interview] Ali Messoudi, President, Transpare, Morocco
Published: 25-02-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
Transpare is a digital platform that makes international freight transport easier. Like Booking or Trivago for tourism, we put in relationship shippers and freight forwarders. Transpare.eu is totally free, both can register themselves in a few minutes only. Then they ask a quotation


[Startup Interview] Kareem Alkaseer, CEO, MentorLycon
Published: 11-02-2020 | 12:43:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
MentorLycon is a tech startup headquartered in Russia with an active presence in Egypt and expanding to other African countries. It has tapped into Artificial intelligence to provide businesses with bespoke and customer-centric IT solutions


[Startup Interview] Lwazi Nongauza, Executive Director, BTN Mobile, South Africa
Published: 02-08-2019 | 12:42:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
BTN Mobile is a South African digital telecommunications network that seeks to revolutionize the telecommunications landscape in the country and beyond while bridging the digital divide by making ICT services available to the underserved at a reasonable rate


[Startup Interview] Boluwa Olojo, Marketing Officer, Go Ads Africa, Nigeria
Published: 18-07-2019 | 11:40:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Go Ads Africa is an advertising technology company that brings efficiency and granular pricing to the advertising scene. It relies on a hybrid Ad network that serves both digital and traditional media.


[Startup Interview] Benjamin Manirafasha, CEO, Iris Hub, Rwanda
Published: 09-07-2019 | 11:42:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Benjamin Manirafasha is the founder of Iris Hub, an incubation and innovation center that is using technology to address youth unemployment in Rwanda. It was born from the realization that Rwandan ecosystem lacked an effective platform where the university students can connect to potential employers.


[Startup Interview] Fahim Saleh, Founder, Gokada, Nigeria
Published: 06-06-2019 | 11:37:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Fahim Saleh founded the Lagos-based transport service app, Gokada, in February 2018. He now holds the position of co-CEO alongside Ayodeji Adewunmi. Gokada has since become an accepted and often-used means of efficient transport in the populous city.


[Startup Interview] Yvette Uwimpaye, CEO, Murukali, Rwanda   
Published: 31-05-2019 | 12:18:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Yvette Uwimpaye is the founder and CEO of Murukali, one of Rwanda’s pioneer e-commerce startups that has been in operation since 2015 and now boasts of a clientele spanning USA, Australia, Switzerland, Uganda and Kenya.


[Startup Interview] Jacqui Mwangi, Managing Director, Buyology, Kenya   
Published: 14-05-2019 | 11:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Buyology Co. LLC, is a Kenyan based startup that is assisting companies enhance customer experience through mystery shopping concept and training. It has over 3,500 mystery shoppers who visit clients’ businesses to audit service delivery and report back on their findings.