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Daily Digest Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Funding In Emerging Markets FFI Set To Close $42bn Financial Gap Among African Women Speaking at a zoom meeting titled: “Ready to Thrive”, Chief Executive/Founder of FFI, Ms. Aysha Julie, said Africa has become the first continent of female entrepreneurship where 27 percent of women in Africa create businesses, the highest rate globally. Read more Ready Set Raise, An Accelerator For Women Built By Women, Announces Third Class This year, as funding for female founders drops to 2017 levels, Feinzaig realized why accelerators, hers included, might not work for women as well as they work for men: demo day. A common culminating event in most accelerators, demo day is an...

Cape Town-Based Insurance Platform Receives Multi-Million Rand Investment

SixThirty, a US-based tech venture fund has invested in Cape Town-based InsureTech company, Click2Sure.  With the reported, yet undisclosed amount of investment funding, Click2Sure will be able to further develop its product offering. In addition, it will assist in the promotion of Click2Sure’s focus on ensuring businesses that offer insurance take advantage of the benefits of digitisation with an overall reduction in admin costs, real-time reporting data, and further insight.  Read also: With Evolve Credit, Nigerians Can Find, Review, And Apply For Loans And Financial Products  Daniel Guasco, co-founder of Click2Sure explains that the investment has allowed the tech startup to possibly branch into new international markets  “Another reason we are...

FFI Set To Close $42bn Financial Gap Among African Women

By Providence Emmanuel Future Female Invest, FFI, has said that it is set to close $42 billion financing gap for African women even as it shops for about 1000 investible businesses for ready women in Nigeria by 2021. FFI is an organization powering financial opportunity for African women with a mission to driving women economic empowerment solutions. Speaking at a zoom meeting titled: “Ready to Thrive”, Chief Executive/Founder of FFI, Ms. Aysha Julie, said Africa has become the first continent of female entrepreneurship where 27 percent of women in Africa create businesses, the highest rate globally. Read also: Morocco Intensifies Shift Towards Renewable Energy As Total Investments...

Ready Set Raise, An Accelerator For Women Built By Women, Announces Third Class

In 2018, Leslie Feinzaig, the founder of Female Founders Alliance, launched a free, equity-free accelerator for women called Ready Set Raise. The goal was to provide under-networked female founders the coaching and connections needed to raise money. This year, as funding for female founders drops to 2017 levels, Feinzaig realized why accelerators, hers included, might not work for women as well as they work for men: demo day. A common culminating event in most accelerators, demo day is an event where founders pitch to a room to investors, angels and journalists with the hope of raising a round and landing some coverage. Read also: A Guide To Understanding Fintech Business Funding...

Daily Digest Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Funding In North Africa Morocco Intensifies Shift Towards Renewable Energy As Total Investments Exceed US$5.6B According to Morocco’s Minister of Energy Aziz Rabbah, the North African country’s investments in the field of renewable energy has exceeded MAD 52 billion ($5.65 billion). Read more Funding In West Africa Catalyst Fund Launches A New $4.3m Accelerator Program For Ecommerce Startups In Ghana Good news for ecommerce startups in Ghana. A new partnership between Catalyst Fund, Mastercard Foundation and MEST has birthed a new accelerator programme, known as Inclusive Digital Accelerator programme. This is Catalsyst Fund’s first expansion of its flagship inclusive fintech programme outside fintech. Read more Opinion Corner A Guide To Understanding Fintech Business Funding Options Fintech...

Morocco Intensifies Shift Towards Renewable Energy As Total Investments Exceed US$5.6B

MOROCCO – The Kingdom of Morocco has intensified its efforts to up the share of renewable energy in electricity generation through increased investments in the sector over the past 10 years. According to Morocco’s Minister of Energy Aziz Rabbah, the North African country’s investments in the field of renewable energy has exceeded MAD 52 billion ($5.65 billion). The minister said that Morocco was committed to invest a similar amount in the sector in future to fully exploit the potential of renewable energy in the country. Read also: Government Launches A $343m Credit Guarantee Scheme For Businesses A few years ago, Morocco imported about 90% of its energy needs. In 2014, the...

Daily Digest Monday, 19 October 2020

Funding In West Africa Government Launches A $343m Credit Guarantee Scheme For Businesses The Ghana Care Guarantee Scheme (GCGS), to be administered by the Ghana Incentive-based Risk-sharing System for Agricultural Lending (GIRSAL), is to help SMEs to borrow from banks at lower rates and with longer tenor. Read more Call For Application & Other Web-Events Fintech, E-commerce Firms Go Big In Buy Now, Pay Later Service Ahead Of Festival Season Until now, most players focused on extending a credit line to borrowers, wherein the customer could withdraw any amount until he exhausted the credit line. Read more Opinion Corner The Five Hidden Secrets For Investing Success To achieve financial success you must know...

Fintech, E-commerce Firms Go Big In Buy Now, Pay Later Service Ahead Of Festival Season

Fintech companies and e-commerce firms are increasingly focussing on buy-now-pay-later options, wherein consumers can buy an item and get interest-free credit for 35-45 days . Interest is subsequently charged on any amount that remains to be paid. Until now, most players focused on extending a credit line to borrowers, wherein the customer could withdraw any amount until he exhausted the credit line. However, considering that it is a point-of-sale loan, interest rates are higher than personal loans. “A traditional loan is the cheapest. A credit line is more expensive than a traditional loan and pay-later loans would have higher interest rates ranging between 20% and 36% per annum," said Gaurav Gupta,...

Government Launches A $343m Credit Guarantee Scheme For Businesses

The government of Ghana has launched a GH¢2 billion ($343m) guarantee scheme to support universal banks in the country to offer financial support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for them to recover from the COVID-19 shocks. The Ghana Care Guarantee Scheme (GCGS), to be administered by the Ghana Incentive-based Risk-sharing System for Agricultural Lending (GIRSAL), is to help SMEs to borrow from banks at lower rates and with longer tenor. Read also: 5 Nigerian Startups Selected To Join 7 Others At The Africa Tech Summit Connects (ATS) The GIRSAL is a non-bank financial institution incorporated as a private company by the Ministry of Finance, with seed funding from the...

Daily Digest Friday, 16 October 2020

Funding In Africa Stripe Acquires Nigeria’s Paystack For $200M+ To Expand Into The African Continent Stripe is acquiring Paystack, a startup out of Lagos, Nigeria that, like Stripe, provides a quick way to integrate payments services into an online or offline transaction by way of an API. (We and others have referred to it in the past as “the Stripe of Africa.”) Read more Funding In South Africa Carscan Secures Funding From Leading SA VC Investors Offering a range of services, Carscan assists the automotive industry to buy, sell, rent, service, insure, finance, and auction vehicles. The advanced technological tools utilised help to eliminate fraud, governance, and, automotive industry risks. Read more Call For...

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