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An insight into how Tokyo-based VC, Samurai Incubate Africa, invests in African startups

Samurai Incubate is a Japanese early-stage venture capital firm and incubator. Via its Samurai Incubate Fund, the firm claims to have invested in more than 100 startups since its inception in 2010. In 2018, the VC firm decided to create an arm for its investments in Africa: Samurai Incubate Africa. By launching its first fund, the firm began investing in startups on the continent that same year. Ugandan payments platform startup, Swipe2pay; Kenyan postal service, MPost; Nigerian fintech startup, Wallets Africa; and Rwandan fintech startup, Exuus were among the first African startups to get funded via the new fund. In January 2020, Samurai Incubate Africa announced the launch of its $18.2 million second fund to...

Daily Digest Monday, 20 July 2020

Funding In Southern Africa Entrepreneur-driven Venture Capital Fund E4E Africa launches in SA Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Africa(E4E), a new venture capital fund aimed at building internationally successful businesses owned by South African entrepreneurs has launched. Read more Join the Samsung Enterprise Development Programme Growing South Africa through entrepreneurship Samsung South Africa has announced its EEIP (Equity Equivalent Investment Programme) plans, aimed at empowering previously disadvantaged South Africans, with a focus on women and youth-led startups. The programme initiatives are set to strengthen black economic empowerment through enterprise development, thus boosting economic growth and job creation. Read more Funding In West Africa Kenyan MumsVillage and BabyBliss Nigeria merge to expand...

Entrepreneur-driven Venture Capital Fund E4E Africa launches in SA

Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Africa(E4E), a new venture capital fund aimed at building internationally successful businesses owned by South African entrepreneurs has launched. Backed by a founding investment from the SA SME Fund, E4E is a venture capital fund that is operated by a range of experienced and innovative entrepreneurs. The new fund is run by several successful entrepreneurs The six founders of the new venture capital fund are experienced investors and entrepreneurs  and have established a reputation for creating successful businesses both locally and internationally. With a wealth of knowledge available, the founders can assist budding entrepreneurs on their journey and provide valuable insight into the world of entrepreneurship. Empower...

Kenyan MumsVillage and BabyBliss Nigeria merge to expand e-commerce businesses

Kenya-based maternal care and e-commerce platform MumsVillage has announced a merger with BabyBliss Nigeria. The new business entity from the merger, Bliss Group, is set to become a pan-African omnichannel e-commerce platform for maternal and child care products. MumsVillage launched in 2015 as an online community to support pregnant women and parents in Kenya on their motherhood and parenting journeys. Under CEO, Isis Nyong’o-Madison, MumsVillage, through multimedia content distributed through digital channels, has amassed a dedicated audience by providing quality information around parenting, healthcare, as well as family-oriented events and services.  In 2019, it launched its e-commerce arm, MumsVillageShop, to leverage on the trust of the community...

Tunisian Bike-hailing Startup IntiGo Raises $1 Million From Local VC Firm Capsa Capital

Investors are returning to Africa’s bike-hailing startup ecosystem this year, starting with Tunisia’s IntiGo. However, it looks like, this time, local investors, such as Capsa Capital Partners, would be taking the lead. A new $1 million in funding had been added to the ride-hailing and logistics startup IntiGo’s total fundraise, bringing the total money so far by raised by the startup to $1.6 million.  Here Is What You Need To Know Intigo’s latest investment came from local investment firm Capsa Capital Partners. The VC firm invested about $710,000 while some $300,000 came from angel investors in earlier in 2020. Another $300,000, had earlier in November, 2019 been invested into the startup...

Join the Samsung Enterprise Development Programme Growing South Africa through entrepreneurship

Samsung South Africa has announced its EEIP (Equity Equivalent Investment Programme) plans, aimed at empowering previously disadvantaged South Africans, with a focus on women and youth-led startups. The programme initiatives are set to strengthen black economic empowerment through enterprise development, thus boosting economic growth and job creation. The programmes are formulated to make a measurable difference and are aligned to the overarching objectives of the NDP Vision for 2030 and the Gauteng Township Economy Revitalisation Strategy. The aim is to find and support — through grant funding — high potential entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses sustainably. In addition, a focus on establishing black businesses in the heart of...

The GFA Journey to Investor Readiness

Why GetFundedAfrica created an Investor Readiness Program To raise money from investors, you need to understand what investors want. We have created a self-paced, video-based, investor readiness course that can be completed in a few hours or at your convenience. Resume from where you stopped. Enroll Now GetFundedAfrica’s journey to creating an investor readiness program has guided us through an interesting journey so far. Our goal remains helping African companies raise venture capital for growth & job creation which has led us to a point where we are putting finishing touches to a self-paced, video-based program on investor readiness. Note: You can pre-enroll today to get a special offer or...

Daily Digest Friday, 17 July 2020

Funding In Africa OFID Funds Africa With $140 Million For Public Development Projects This finance disbursement program is in line with the organization’s goal of providing responsive and impactful development which will improve the lives of underserved people across the world. Read more Funding In Southern Africa Access Bank To Acquire 100% Of Zambia’s Cavmont Capital Access Bank, one of the foremost Nigerian banks in Africa, has announced its intention to acquire 100% of Cavmont Capital, through its subsidiary, Access Bank Zambia. Read more Sea Monster bags $1-million investment Cape Town-based, animation, gaming, and AR/VR company, Sea Monster has secured a $1-million investment from FirstRand’s Vumela Fund. Founded in 2011, Sea Monster was born Read more...

ACCESS BANK TO ACQUIRE 100% OF ZAMBIA’S CAVMONT CAPITAL

Access Bank, one of the foremost Nigerian banks in Africa, has announced its intention to acquire 100% of Cavmont Capital, through its subsidiary, Access Bank Zambia. This announcement was disclosed by Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) last week in a corporate disclosure which was duly signed by the Company Secretary, Mr. Sunday Ekwochi. The disclosure read, “Access Bank Plc (“Access Bank”) announces today that its wholly-owned subsidiary in Zambia, Access Bank Zambia Limited (“Access Bank Zambia”) has entered into exclusive discussions with Cavmont Holdings Zambia Plc (“Cavmont Capital”) regarding a potential transaction between Access bank Zambia and Cacmont Bank Limited (“Cavmont Bank”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cavmont Capital. The potential transaction relates to the sale of 100% of Cavmont Capital interest in Cavmont Bank to Access Bank Zambia.”  “There can be...

OFID FUNDS AFRICA WITH $140 MILLION FOR PUBLIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

The OPEC Fund for International Development(OFID) has approved $310 million to benefit different developing countries across the globe, of which $140 million is targeted at improving the public sector in five African countries.  This finance disbursement program is in line with the organization’s goal of providing responsive and impactful development which will improve the lives of underserved people across the world. Similar to the $85 million loan given to four African countries in October 2019, this newly-approved public sector loans, amounting to $140 million, will support five African countries in the following projects.  Niger A total of $15 million was assigned to strengthen the resilience of rural communities against Food...

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