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Ghana’s Ecommerce Startup Seven Inc. Just Promised To Invest $10m In Ghanaian Startups

Seven Inc., a Ghanaian ecommerce startup has a big ambition: to invest $10m in startups in Ghana. According to Vincent Djokoto, Managing Director of the startup, Seven Inc. has already entered into partnership with another local and Ghana-based tech, design and logistics firm to bring that ambition into fruition.  Read also: A Bank In Every Pocket Click here to find out more! “Seven has recently entered quite an exciting phase as a startup,” he tells the Business and Financial Times newspaper. “We’ve partnered with a local tech firm and are confident of a fully-functioning life-changing app within the first quarter of 2021,” he further said, adding that: “We’re looking to...

China To Overtake US As World’s Biggest Economy By 2028: Report

 China will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank said. “For some time, an overarching theme of global economics has been the economic and soft power struggle between the United States and China,” the Centre for Economics and Business Research said in an annual report published on Saturday. “The COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding economic fallout have certainly tipped this rivalry in China’s favour.”The CEBR said China’s “skilful management of the pandemic”, with its strict early lockdown, and hits to long-term growth in the...

GFA Daily Digest Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Funding In Eastern Africa Kenya’s Centum Real Estate Bond Raises KSh3 Billion Sources say that investors will earn a return of 12.5% for the plain vanilla bond and 12-14% for the Equity Linked bond. The bond will be listed on the Nairobi Securities exchange after it receives approval from the relevant regulators. Read more Latest News Nigeria’s Print-On-Demand Startup Expands To United States And Canada After South Africa Customers in South Africa and Nigeria have access to 9 and 19 product catalogues on the site, respectively. However, the numbers currently stand at 8 and 13 for Canada and the US, respectively. Read more Click here to find out more! Opinion Corner How To...

Kenya’s Centum Real Estate Bond Raises KSh3 Billion

Kenyan leading real estate firm, Centum has managed to raise KSh3 billion from the recently issued bond, against the target of KSh4 billion. The bond attracted diverse investors including, banks, asset management firms, pension funds, and individual investors. It is a three year bond with the maturity date set on December 16, 2023. Funds raised will go toward financing ongoing projects in the development of affordable housing in Kenya. Sources say that investors will earn a return of 12.5% for the plain vanilla bond and 12-14% for the Equity Linked bond. The bond will be listed on the Nairobi Securities exchange after it receives approval from the relevant...

Nigeria’s Print-On-Demand Startup Expands To United States And Canada After South Africa

Nigeria’s fast growing print-on-demand startup, Kiakiaprint has taken the bull by the horn in the quest for expansion beyond the African continent with their eyes on the American continent by going live in the North American countries of Canada and the United States. The expansion news in July 2020 coincided with the startup’s partnership with online design and publishing company, Canva. Kiakiaprint’s deal with Canva gives its Nigerian and South African customers options to either upload a design, hire a designer on the platform, or use Canva’s designs before printing. Customers in South Africa and Nigeria have access to 9 and 19 product catalogues on the site, respectively....

A Bank In Every Pocket

Confidence in African digital payment solutions is essential to minimising fraud and corruption while improving the free flow of funds to boost business and economic activity. Their value is illustrated in statistics released by the South African Banking Association (SABRIC) in June 2020. Mobile digital payments offer consumers and businesses a convenient method to manage funds, make payments, and gain visibility into accounts and transactions – effectively putting a bank in every pocket. Accessible and reliable, they’re the oil that lubricates the formal and informal economies, enabling financial inclusion at all levels of business and society.  Payment technologies have the potential to open access to financial services...

GFA Daily Digest Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Funding In Western Africa Zambia Micro-Lending Startup Receives $650 000 Investment Partnering with a bank in Zimbabwe, PremierCredit is able to provide affordable bicycles, smartphones, and solar equipment on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis to the underserved communities across Zimbabwe. Read more Ghanaian Fintech Startup ZeePay Secures $940k Seed Funding From VC GOODsoil Headed by a diverse team of entrepreneurial investors, GOODsoil has soiled Ghanaian fintech company Zeepay with US$940 000 seed capital.  Read more Click here to find out more! Latest News UK Group Launches £2m COVID-19 Fund For MSMEs In Nigeria This disclosure was made by the British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, during a webinar on December 8th, which was focused on how...

UK Group Launches £2m COVID-19 Fund For MSMEs In Nigeria

A group affiliated to the United Kingdom’s government, the Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) has launched a £2 million COVID Fund to support solutions that can reasonably provide succor to the debilitating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income individuals/households and MSMEs in Nigeria. The funds, provided by the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), is expected to support financial service-enabled solutions for access to liquidity, healthcare, and food. This disclosure was made by the British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, during a webinar on December 8th, which was focused on how to address most challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in developing nations. According to the EFInA’s Chief...

Ghanaian Fintech Startup ZeePay Secures $940k Seed Funding From VC GOODsoil

Ghana has not seen so much venture capital in its startup ecosystem as 2020 runs out compared to South Africa, Kenya or Nigeria, but GOODsoil, an Africa-focused EU-based early stage venture capital firm is determined to make a dent, nevertheless. Headed by a diverse team of entrepreneurial investors, GOODsoil has soiled Ghanaian fintech company Zeepay with US$940 000 seed capital.  Read also: 6 Factors Standing In The Way Of Expanding Your Business “We are delighted to have GOODsoil on board,” says Zeepay co-founder and managing director Andrew Takyi-Appiah. “We believe with their strong brokerage background, with leading Ghanaian brokerage firm Obsidian Achernar in their portfolio, we will...

Zambia Micro-Lending Startup Receives $650 000 Investment

Zambia-based online microlending tech startup, PremierCredit has received a $650 000 investment from US Venture Capital fund, Enygma Ventures.  Sarah Dusek, Managing Partner and co-founder of Engyma Ventures comments on the performance of PremierCredit.  Read also: West African Tech Startup Expands Offering  “PremierCredit has a proven track record of supporting the informal sector and making informal trading possible for many by providing timely and appropriate loans to help businesses thrive. After an extraordinary year, it has been incredible to see women-owned businesses still thriving and creating expansion plans despite the pandemic.” Click here to find out more! PremierCredit Operating since 2019, PremiderCredit online platform offers its services in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The...

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