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Recent articles by Annie:

Flutterwave’s troubles in Kenya yet to end as second case proceeds

The second case, where Flutterwave, Adguru and Hupesi solutions are the respondents, continues, with the next mention booked for March 23. → Read More

South Africa’s Envisionit Deep AI gets $1.65M to expand access to medical imaging

The investment is from New GX Ventures SA, a joint venture between New GX Capital, RMB Ventures and GIIG Africa. → Read More

YC-backed HR-payroll provider Workpay raises $2.7M to scale in Africa

YC-backed Workpay is set to launch a payroll engine that can serve customers in 40 markets in Africa, to stay ahead of clients needs. → Read More

Jumba, a Kenyan startup simplifying sourcing of construction supplies, raises $4.5M

Jumba simplifies the sourcing of construction materials through a common marketplace for retailers and developers. → Read More

Kenya’s fintech Power set to scale after $3M seed round

Power has so far on-boarded 75 companies in Kenya, giving it access to over 40,000 workers, out of which it has served 15%. → Read More

Africa’s smartphone market shrunk by 18% last year

South Korea’s Samsung, and Chinese brands Tecno and Itel, accounted for 65% of the total smartphone shipments to Africa. → Read More

Morocco’s foodtech Terraa raises $1.5M led by FoodLabs

Morocco's fresh food supply chain, Benkirane says, is highly-fragmented, traditional and dominated by intermediaries. → Read More

Cleantech Qotto embarks on growth plan backed by $8M funding

The growth bid follows the planned introduction of new products in the market, including financial services and internet access hotspots. → Read More

BuuPass raises $1.3M to scale mobility sector digitization in Africa

BuuPass processes about 12,000 transactions a day, and has recorded over 9 million ticket sales so far. Its GMV reached $30 million in 2022. → Read More raises $5M, embarks on MENA growth is configurable across borders, making it easy for it to match local labor laws, and employee regulations in different markets. → Read More

Gameball raises $3.5M to scale its CRM platform for consumer brands

Brands use Gameball's platform to build long-term relationships with customers, and ensure retention through personalized loyalty programs. → Read More

More job cuts loom as Sendy changes course in Nigeria

In October last year, Sendy, a Kenyan logistics scale-up, wound up its supplies service, which enabled retailers to purchase FMCGs directly from manufacturers, saying it was directing all its focus on its end-to-end fulfillment offering. Months later, the company is ceasing on-ground operations in Nigeria, one of its four markets in Africa. This means that […] → Read More

Google to ban unlicensed loan apps in Kenya as new rules take effect

Digital lenders yet to get licenses will obtain Google’s interim approval, but it will only be valid for 45 days. → Read More

Dubai-based accounting and financial compliance startup, Wafeq, raises $3M

Wafeq is exploring new growth opportunities in Egypt while doubling down on its existing markets as businesses comply to new laws. → Read More

Why international DFIs are looking to African startups to scale impact investing efforts

DFIs keen to align with their missions, are backing tech startups that guarantee access to services and products in various sectors. → Read More

Uber, Bolt drivers hope for increased earnings foiled as Tanzania reinstates 25% commission

Uber resumes operations in Tanzania after 25% commission was reinstated. → Read More

Kenyan fintech Kwara raises $3M seed extension, signs deal to reach over 4,000 credit unions

Kwara has signed an exclusive digital solutions distribution agreement with the Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Cooperatives (Kuscco). → Read More

Xetova exploring market data gaps in Africa to boost trade insight access

Xetova raised $4M seed last year to build a network of businesses, which will be tapped for insights on trade opportunities and risks in Africa. → Read More

Africa predicted to experience sustained funding slowdown in 2023

Operating environment for startups in Africa is expected to worsen this year, continuing the trend that picked up in the last half of 2022. → Read More

Meta’s main content moderation partner in Africa shuts down operations

Meta’s main subcontractor for content moderation in Africa, Sama, earlier Tuesday announced the closure of its content moderation arm at its hub in Kenya, citing the need to streamline operations. This comes months after Sama and Meta were sued in the East African country for union busting, and exploitation, and just weeks after another lawsuit […] → Read More