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Top startup web events Africa this week

If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please send us an email nichole@getfundedafrica.com.  Please notify us by Friday of the week before the event. Not all the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information. Career Strategy during a pandemic Covid-19 has changed our lives, in a time where most people are dealing with economic instability and job insecurity, deciding what your next career move during a pandemic is possibly the most important decision you will make in your career. Lifecheq CEO Abu Addae and Senior Consultant,...

CDC Group, Finnfund Invests $70m Into AfricInvest Fund IV To Support Startups And Businesses Across Africa

The CDC Group and Finnfund have made a $70-million commitment to AfricInvest Fund IV, a generalist Pan-African fund aiming to foster the growth of African enterprises across the continent. Fund IV will invest in mid-cap and growth-oriented companies in sectors including financial services, agribusiness, logistics, manufacturing, healthcare and education. Here Is What You Need To Know CDC, the UK’s impact investor and development finance institution, committed $50-million and Finnfund, the Finnish development financier, committed $20-million. AfricInvest Fund IV is aimed at general African enterprise growth through investing in mid-cap and growth-focused financial services, agribusiness, logistics, manufacturing, health and educational businesses, and will receive USD 50 million from CDC and USD...

Daily Digest Monday, 6 July 2020

Latest News Tennis star Serena Williams has launched a venture firm for investing in women, people of color, and young entrepreneurs The tennis legend publicly shared on Wednesday the details of her investment firm, called Serena Ventures. The venture-capital firm has been quietly backing companies since 2014 and has invested in more than 30 companies already. Read more Funding In Africa African Development Bank concludes R2 billion investment in Nedbank SDG-linked bonds The African Development Bank Group has concluded the investment of R2 billion (around $116 million) in Sustainable Development Goals-linked bonds (SDG bonds) issued by Nedbank South Africa. Read more Actis-Backed African Education Group, Honoris United Universities , Acquires ...

IFC, Proparco Invest $100m Into Humania For Investments In Healthcare In Egypt and Morocco

The IFC, a member of the World Bank group, the IFU, the Danish Investment Fund for developing countries, and PROPARCO, a subsidiary for the private sector of the French Development Agency (AFD) group, have made a capital investment of $ 108.5 million in Humania North Africa (Humania), a platform of private hospitals, helping to improve medical care in Egypt and Morocco.  Here Is What You Need To Know The investment envelope includes a contribution of $ 45 million for the IFC and $ 63.5 million mobilized from the IFU up to $ 43.5 million on behalf of the Danish investment fund SDG, and $ 20 million for PROPARCO.The financial...

ACTIS-BACKED AFRICAN EDUCATION GROUP, HONORIS UNITED UNIVERSITIES, ACQUIRES NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY

Honoris United Universities, an African Actis-backed education group, has added Nile University of Nigeria, a private university based in Abuja, to its extensive network. The group already owns private universities in Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This is its first acquisition in West Africa Actis launched Honoris United Universities, a private pan-African higher education network, in 2017 with a $275 million fund. Honoris United Universities harnesses the collaborative intelligence and the pioneering efforts of institutions to educate Africa’s next generations of leaders and professionals. Actis’s strategy for Honoris United Universities started with “beacon” markets in Francophone Africa.  In December 2014, it made an investment in Universite...

Webinar : Launch of the East Africa Regional Economic Outlook

The East African Regional Office of the African Development Bank will launch the 2020 Regional Economic Outlook virtually on Wednesday, 8 July 2020, at 14:30 East Africa Time. The report is part of the Bank’s flagship African Economic Outlook publication. The theme of the East Africa Regional Economic Outlook 2020 is Developing East Africa’s Workforce for the Future, which aligns with the Bank’s High 5 priority areas. This report discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the region’s economic outlook, its economic performance and implications for poverty reduction and job creation. The Outlook proposes multiple policy interventions to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on the region, and to harness growth...

African Development Bank concludes R2 billion investment in Nedbank SDG-linked bonds

The African Development Bank Group has concluded the investment of R2 billion (around $116 million) in Sustainable Development Goals-linked bonds (SDG bonds) issued by Nedbank South Africa. This investment, which is listed on the green bonds segment of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, will strengthen Nedbank’s capital base and enable it to generate R12 billion ($696 million) in new loans and investments in environmentally friendly and climate-sensitive projects in areas such as renewable energy and affordable housing. This SDG-linked Tier 2 bond issuance, the first of its kind in Africa, is expected to benefit the South African economy through the creation of over 6,000 new jobs and nearly 20,000...

Tennis star Serena Williams has launched a venture firm for investing in women, people of color, and young entrepreneurs

The tennis superstar Serena Williams has found time to pick up a side gig — on top of winning championships and taking care of her adorable daughter, that is. The tennis legend publicly shared on Wednesday the details of her investment firm, called Serena Ventures. The venture-capital firm has been quietly backing companies since 2014 and has invested in more than 30 companies already. "I launched Serena Ventures with the mission of giving opportunities to founders across an array of industries," Williams said in her announcement on Instagram. Serena Ventures was created to give opportunities to a diverse set of founders, the firm said, particularly women and people of color....

GFA Attract – Episode 1: Democratizing Wealth

GFA Attract is an interview series conducted by GetFundedAfrica, where we talk to investors and business leaders about 'every and anything'. In the first edition of the GFA Attract segment we showcase a fast emerging player in the African and African Diaspora business world. Mr. Joseph Edgar, who is a renowned investment banker, has successfully transited into the world of Entertainment Production & Publication and shares his insights with GFA and it's audience. Check out Joseph Edgar's profile here His new innovative concept & enterprise - Democratizing Wealth (The Beetle Promise) is one of the topics discussed as he provides insight into this Fintech investment platform...

Guest Speaker Profile: Joseph Edgar (Duke Of Shomolu)

Edgar also known as The Duke of Shomolu is a consummate Investment Banker cum Theatre Producer and all round trouble maker according to his Instagram. Edgar is the founder of Beetle which tries to generate wealth to assist widows and other disadvantaged people to create their own businesses He is the co Founder of Hamilton and George Limited a bespoke Financial Advisory Firm and the Founder of Duke of Shomolu Productions a Theatre Production Company that has raised over N300m and delivered iconic stage productions including the BBC rated Aremu, a play depicting the Life of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Edgar is an influential Sales person who...