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Past articles by Tage:

HR tech startup Propel wants to power the open talent economy via tech communities

Propel wants to build sustainable talent pipelines for Africa's tech and developer communities with new funding. → Read More

Lightspeed makes first investment in Africa, backing Ghana’s Berry Health

Berry Health wants to democratize access to healthcare in Africa, starting out with mental health, sexual health and dermatology. → Read More

YC-backed Eze raises new capital for its secondhand electronics marketplace

Eze, a B2B marketplace that connects electronic wholesalers allowing them to trade devices in large quantities, raises $3.2 million. → Read More

Peach Cars, a Kenyan used-car marketplace, raises $5M in seed investment

Backed by Japanese investors, Peach Cars is building the infrastructure to power improved trust and customer experience in Africa's used‐car market. → Read More

An investor, an operator, and their plan to upskill Africa’s workforce

Talstack, like Platzi in Latin America and UpGrad in Asia, is creating localized content to upskill employees in Africa. → Read More

Nigeria’s Termii to launch mobile app and scale customer engagement business with new funding

Nigerian startup Termii has raised $3.65 million to fuel innovation in Africa's customer engagement market. → Read More

Nigeria’s Haul247 raises funding to scale its logistics platform

Haul247, a Nigerian end-to-end logistics platform connecting businesses to haulage and warehousing assets, has raised a $3 million seed round. → Read More

Helium Health gets $30M, backed by AXA IM Alts and 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki

The startup will use capital to expand the reach of HeliumCredit, scale HeliumOS, and deepen collaborations within global health communities. → Read More

Jumia reaches lowest losses in four years under new management

Q1 2023 marks the first quarter Jumia’s new management implemented its strategy after riding out the blueprint of previous management. → Read More

EBANX: We will be operating in 11 African countries by the end of the year

While it took EBANX 11 years to reach 15 Latin American markets, the Brazilian fintech plans to serve 11 African markets in less than two years. → Read More

South African challenger bank TymeBank raises $77.8M from Norrsken22 and Blue Earth Capital

TymeBank has raised a $77.8 million pre-Series C led by Norrsken22 and Blue Earth Capital. It expects to close its Series C by year's end. → Read More

African B2B e-commerce startup Sabi tops $300M valuation in new funding

Lagos-based Sabi raises $38 million at a $300 million+ valuation, signaling revived investor interest in Africa's B2B e-commerce market. → Read More

Pale Blue Dot backs Amini, an African climate tech startup solving environmental data scarcity

Amini, an African native deep tech company raises $2 million from Pale Blue Dot and launches its climate data infrastructure platform. → Read More

Tiger Global-backed Axis launches digital payments platform for Egyptian SMEs months after its $8.25M seed

Eighteen months after seed raise in late 2021, Egyptian fintech Axis launches its digital payments platform in the North African market. → Read More

M-KOPA snaps up $250M+ debt, equity for its asset financing platform

M-KOPA raises $250 million as its business clocks 3 million customers and unlocks $1 billion in credit financing across its four markets. → Read More

Kenya’s Fingo partners with Ecobank, launches neobank on the back of $4M investment

YC-backed Fingo receives regulatory approval to launch Kenya’s first neobank in partnership with Ecobank, a Pan-African bank with presence in 30+ countries. → Read More

African payment service provider Nomba raises $30M, backed by Base10 Partners and Shopify

Shopify and global investors Base10 and Khosla Ventures back Nomba as it looks to deliver bespoke payment solutions to African businesses. → Read More

Smile Identity expands African footprint with acquisition of Appruve to strengthen ID verification services

Smile Identity, a KYC and ID verification partner for many African fintechs and businesses has acquired Appruve, a Ghanaian developer of identity verification software. → Read More

Nigerian credit-led fintech FairMoney acquires PayForce in retail-merchant banking play

FairMoney has acquired YC-backed PayForce as the lender looks to broaden its financial services proposition to merchants. → Read More

Naspers shuts down Foundry, its $100M fund focused on South African startups

Naspers has winded down the operations of its $100 million South Africa-focused venture capital fund Naspers Foundry after three years. → Read More