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ZSE Launches Direct Trading Platform With Goal To Get More Ordinary People Investing

A fortnight ago we took an exclusive look at Zimbabwe Stock Exchange’s Direct trading platform. The platform that allows ordinary folks like you and me to buy shares from our laptop and smartphone has finally been launched. The problem At the launch event, ZSE noted that the creation of the platform was prompted by a survey conducted earlier this year. The survey concluded that participation by Zimbabwean individuals in capital markets was marginal. ZSE noted that the biggest barriers highlighted by participants were i) a lack of appreciation of the investment process and ii) a perception that investment is for the sophisticated. A solution? ZSE Direct’s mandate is therefore pretty simple. The platform is...

How drones can make inspections smart and automated for utilities

The coronavirus pandemic has hit energy companies in several significant ways. Chief among these is how utilities carry out field inspections of vital equipment during times of lockdown. For many of these power firms, they have found the answer in drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles have long been deployed by some companies for inspections such as those of power lines, substations, solar farms and wind turbines. However, many more have turned to drones during the Covid-19 outbreak. They have seen how they can be vital for keeping a business running in safe ways by enabling contactless and digital processes. Utilities in the US have also found UAVs invaluable for inspections...

Autochek acquires online Car Platforms Cheki Nigeria

Autochek, the automotive technology company recently founded by former Cars45 CEO Etop Ikpe, has announced the acquisition of automotive marketplace Cheki Nigeria, previously part of ROAM Africa’s portfolio of leading online marketplaces. The new platform will relaunch by the end of 2020. Autochek is an automotive technology company that aims to build digital solutions that will enhance and enable a seamless and safe automotive commerce experience across Africa, starting with Nigeria. Having identified a number of challenges in the car purchase market on the continent, the new company plans to use technology to transform the automotive buying and selling experience for African consumers, by creating a single marketplace...

China is pushing its currency into Africa through fintech partnerships

On September 9, UnionPay International announced a partnership with Interswitch East Africa, the regional business of the Nigerian-based Interswitch Group. Under the partnership, Interswitch became a Third-Party Service Provider (TPSP) for China’s UnionPay. This means UnionPay cards will be accepted across ATMs, Points-of-Sale, QR Payments and online payments in the East African region. The recent deal is part of an existing partnership between the two payments heavyweights. In 2013, UnionPay teamed up with Interswitch to allow UnionPay’s cardholders to make transactions at over 11,000 ATMs and 70,000 merchants in West Africa and Uganda. The new partnership extends UnionPay’s reach to more African countries and also allow Chinese travellers to make transactions...

Airtel Africa partners MoneyGram to ease fund transfer

Airtel Africa plc, a telecommunications and mobile money services provider, has announced a strategic partnership with MoneyGram, a global leader in cross-border P2P payments and money transfers. The partnership will ensure that more than 19 million Airtel Money customers across 12 countries can route any MoneyGram transfer received from around the world into their mobile money wallets on their phone. Read also; AfDB Announces AgriPitch 2020 Competition For Agricultural Project Leaders In Africa In a statement issued by the telco and seen by Nairametrics, it was indicated that the development would also enable senders overseas to push funds instantly and directly to an Airtel Money mobile wallet in a more...

Daily Digest Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Partnerships & Acquisitions Autochek Acquires Online Car Platforms Cheki Nigeria Autochek is an automotive technology company that aims to build digital solutions that will enhance and enable a seamless and safe automotive commerce experience across Africa, starting with Nigeria and Ghana. Read more Airtel Africa Partners MoneyGram To Ease Fund Transfer The partnership will ensure that more than 19 million Airtel Money customers across 12 countries can route any MoneyGram transfer received from around the world into their mobile money wallets on their phone. Read more Opinion Corner China Is Pushing Its Currency Into Africa Through Fintech Partnerships The recent deal is part of an existing partnership between the two payments...

Daily Digest Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Funding In North Africa Foodics Expands To Egypt And Hopes To Become Micro-Loan Lender Saudi Arabia-based food and beverages (F&B) retail and restaurant management platform Foodics, has expanded to Egypt. The expansion comes after the cloud-based company closed its pre-Series B investment round in 2019, raising $4 million. Read More Kashier Payments Raises Seed funding To Facilitate Electronic Payments For Egyptian Businesses Egyptian startup Kashier Payments, a payments platform built to empower and simplify your business, has successfully raised a Seed investment round of funding, led by Glint Ventures, with participation from a group of strategic investors. Read More Funding In Emerging Markets ISSF Invests In Endeavor Catalyst’s Third Fund Endeavor Catalyst, the investment vehicle of global...

AfDB Announces AgriPitch 2020 Competition For Agricultural Project Leaders In Africa

The African Development Bank’s Youth Agripreneur AgriPitch Competition and DealRoom connects expansion-ready, youth-led African businesses with global investors (debt, equity and/or grant). The DealRoom focuses on youth-led agribusinesses under the themes of nutrition and gender inclusivity. The goal of the Competition and DealRoom is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture among youth in Africa and to generate jobs, create wealth and improve livelihoods through inclusive growth across the continent. AfDB’s AgriPitch Competition 2020 for Youth Agripreneurs (US$120,000) African companies that meet the criteria below are encouraged to submit their deal information for review by the Bank’s and Asoko Insight’s data teams. Qualified businesses will be promoted through the...

Kashier Payments Raises Seed funding To Facilitate Electronic Payments For Egyptian Businesses

Egyptian startup Kashier Payments, a payments platform built to empower and simplify your business, has successfully raised a Seed investment round of funding, led by Glint Ventures, with participation from a group of strategic investors. Founded in 2017 by Khaled Raslan, Mohamed Hossam, and Mohamed Mohsen, Kashier launched its online payment acceptance services in 2019 obtaining the required approvals as a Payment Facilitator and Payment Service Provider and entered into a strategic partnership agreement with two of Egypt’s leading acquiring banks. Read Also: Report Reveals Record Investment In Local Venture Capital Landscape Kashier empowers businesses with a unified payments platform by providing them with simple yet efficient tools to make it...

Foodics Expands To Egypt And Hopes To Become Micro-Loan Lender

Saudi Arabia-based food and beverages (F&B) retail and restaurant management platform Foodics, has expanded to Egypt. The expansion comes after the cloud-based company closed its pre-Series B investment round in 2019, raising $4 million.  Founded in 2014 by Ahmad Al-Zaini and Mosab Al-Othmani, Foodics offers a point of sale (POS) solution and management platform which helps restaurants and cloud kitchens owners effectively manage their business.  The company has so far serviced over 5000 customers and processed over a billion orders through its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, totaling over $2 billion gross merchandise volume (GMV) transactions in 2019 and catering to more than 10,000 F&B outlets. “With an F&B Market estimated...

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