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Daily Digest Thursday, 11 June 2020

GetFundedAfrica's Guide To Fundraising For African Start-Ups Provides an overview of how African small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) can leverage data to pitch to global investors.This guide aims to provide an understanding of the steps African SMEs can follow in raising funds for growth and development and an understanding of what investors are really looking for. Get your copy here Funding In West Africa Uber Launches Digital Top-up Feature ‘Uber Cash’ in Partnership with Nigeria’s Flutterwave Ride-hailing giant, Uber has partnered with Nigeria’s Flutterwave to launch Uber Cash, its digital wallet feature in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new feature will allow Uber riders to top-up their Uber...

[APPLY] ECOWAS Research Grant Programme 2020

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), offers the ECOWAS Research Grant Programme in 2020. They are inviting research teams to submit proposals for policy research in any of the energy fields (e.g. energy technologies, energy finance, energy economics, energy policy, energy and the environment/climate change, energy and development, energy law etc.) Download GetFundedAfrica's e-Guide to fundraising for start-up's Here The Research Grant Program is part of the ECOWAS initiative on Youth Leadership Development in Energy, which works to prepare the region’s young men and women to become globally competitive energy leaders in the future. Aligned with the initiative’s objective, the Research...

Kenya’s Raise launches end-to-end fundraising platform for African startups

Kenyan company Raise has launched an end-to-end fundraising platform that allows founders and investors to open a private virtual deal room, run fundraising simulations, and issue compliant electronic share and convertible certificates. Founded in 2018 by Marvin Coleby and Eugene Mutai, Raise launched its alpha in 2019 at the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali and silently launched its private beta to a waitlist of companies in January of this year.  Now public, the beta programme provides startups with fundraising solutions via a digital platform, designed to simplify the fundraising process and make it easier to track and close deals remotely in Africa.  Download GetFundedAfrica's e-Guide to fundraising for start-up's Here Since January 2020,...

MTN successfully issues N100billion Series I and II Notes, the largest by a Nigerian corporate

MTN Nigeria Communications PLC (“MTN Nigeria” or the “Company”) has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public of the successful issuance of N100 billion Series I & II Notes under the debut N100 Billion Commercial Paper (“CP”) Programme. MTN Nigeria priced the Series I 180 day CP at an effective yield of 4.90% for a N20 billion size and the Series II 270 day CP sized at N80 billion cleared at an effective yield of 5.95%. Read other: Nigerian Startups Max.ng and Releaf Group Secure $200k From Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance “We initially set out to issue up to N50 billion under the N100 billion CP Programme...

SA investtech startup Merge secures funding from Nigerian VC

South African startup Merge, an app and web-based platform that acts as a digital meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors, has raised funding from Nigerian VC firm Platform Capital to help it expand across the continent. Launched last September by Zander Mathee and Brandon Bate, Merge is a transactional marketplace platform that allows startups and investors to connect, communicate and collaborate seamlessly. It matches startups with a network of investors that are best suited to their funding needs, and provides high-quality deal flow to investors. The company currently operates in South Africa and has over 1,000 entrepreneurs, more than 200 investors, and over 300 ventures funded. It aims to...

Uber Launches Digital Top-up Feature ‘Uber Cash’ in Partnership with Nigeria’s Flutterwave

Ride-hailing giant, Uber has partnered with Nigeria’s Flutterwave to launch Uber Cash, its digital wallet feature in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new feature will allow Uber riders to top-up their Uber wallet using Flutterwave’s network of remittance partners in the region. The launch of Uber Cash comes as ride-hailing services in the region begin to recover from the loss of in rider volume and revenue caused by the pandemic. Uber shut down operations in countries like Uganda and Nigeria where government lockdown were implemented. The new digital wallet feature will be live in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Ghana within the next two weeks. These markets remain Uber’s...

Daily Digest Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Funding In Southern Africa Sun Exchange secures $3m investment, closes $4m round SA blockchain-based solar panel micro-leasing marketplace Sun Exchange has raised a $3-million (R50-million) investment from ARPF, a Mauritian private equity fund which is advised by London-based Arch Emerging Markets Partners. The investment marks the close of a R67-million ($4-million) Series-A funding round, Sun Exchange said in a statement. Read More Funding In North Africa Morocco invests €5mln to build a bridge on the Rabat-Casablanca highway The government of Morocco is constructing a bridge linking the city of Temara to the Rabat-Casablanca highway. The investment of MAD50 million (€4.6 million) is aimed at improving traffic flow on this 86 km corridor, which...

Syarah closes its Bridge to B round investment, with participation from Impact46

Syarah, a platform for buying and selling cars in KSA has closed its B round of investment, with participation from Impact46 and an angel investor. The amount is undisclosed. This news comes over one year after they raised their Bridge round in March 2019.  • Syarah has expanded into offering new and used cars for both dealers and individuals, generating Mojaz car history reports for used cars, facilitating car financing, and has marked itself to be the go-to online channel for both individual sellers and traditional auto showrooms.• Syarah Online allows the end-user to buy their car completely online and have the car shipped and delivered to their doorstep, offering the full process...

Mastercard Foundation Launches $24.8 million Facility To Support Startups And SMEs in Ethiopia

tartups, small and medium scale businesses in Ethiopia have a new support from Mastercard Foundation. The Jobs Creation Commission of Ethiopia, the Mastercard Foundation and First Consult have announced the creation of the Mastercard Foundation MSE’s Resilience Facility. This is an emergency program that will support micro and small-sized enterprises (MSEs) and start-ups in Ethiopia during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here Is What You Need To Know The program, with an initial commitment of approximately USD 24.8 million from the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program , will ensure MSEs remain solvent, retain their employees, and are able to create increasingly innovative work opportunities in the wake of...

Nigerian Startups Max.ng and Releaf Group Secure $200k From Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance

Two Nigerian startups, bike-hailing startup Metro Africa Express (Max.ng) and agritech venture Releaf Group have both secured $200,000 from newly launched Harambeans Prosperity Fund $1 million fund. Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance launched the fund to support its African portfolio companies affected by the economic challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here Is What You Need To Know Harambeans Prosperity Fund is simply a fund for Harambeans, so called if you are referring to some sort of a social club where members pool together or source funds to support members. Harambeans Prosperity Fund usually follows a set of self-made rules in choosing where and whom to invest in. The Alliance is looking to invest up to between...

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