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Kibo School gets $2M to offer online STEM degrees to students in Africa

When she was 10 years old, Ope Bukola’s family relocated from Nigeria to the U.S., where she advanced her studies to later pursue a degree in economics. Exposed to the top-of-the-line education at N

Ghana’s fintech Fido raises $30M to roll out new products and expand across Africa

After extending credit to thousands of customers over mobile phones since 2015, Ghana-based fintech Fido is now in search of additional growth avenues for its expansion across Africa. Fido told TechCr

Ransomware ring claims attack on Africa’s largest retail chain Shoprite

RansomHouse, a ransomware gang, has claimed responsibility for the cyberattack on Shoprite, Africa’s largest retailer. The attack, which Shoprite confirmed a week ago, compromised customer data in E

CrossBoundary gets $25M for solar mini-grids in Africa

Kenya-based CrossBoundary Energy Access (CBEA), a mini-grid infrastructure investor, has raised $25 million from ARCH Emerging Markets Partners Limited, Bank of America and Microsoft Climate Innovatio

Kenya’s Jumba bags $1M to help operators of hardware stores restock seamlessly

The construction industry in Kenya is so big that it is among the few globally that expanded amidst the COVID lockdowns of 2020. And it is not showing any signs of slowdown with the country’s data a

IFC set to invest $26M in Partech’s Africa Fund II

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, plans to make an equity investment of up to €25 million ($26.43) into the Partech Africa Fund II (PAF II) by th

Meta says Kenyan court has no jurisdiction to determine case against it, wants it thrown out

American social media giant Meta is seeking to have a case filed against it in Kenya dropped saying that the East African country has no jurisdiction to determine it. The application follows a lawsuit

Virridy raises $5.5M to expand its sensor catalog

Virridy, a developer of technologies for monitoring and managing water, energy and agricultural resources, has raised $5.5 million Series A funding in a round led by Accord Capital to expand its offer

TikTok found to fuel disinformation, political tension in Kenya ahead of elections

TikTok is fueling disinformation and political tension in Kenya ahead of its August general elections, new study by Mozilla Foundation says. Mozilla made the conclusion after reviewing 130 highly watc

Visa and Kenya’s Safaricom launch virtual card to support global digital payments via M-Pesa

Global digital payments giant Visa and East Africa’s biggest telecom Safaricom, the operator of the M-Pesa mobile money product, have today launched a virtual card, enabling millions of M-Pesa users

South Africa’s Talk360 raises $4M to build single payment platform for Africa

Many businesses looking to set up pan-African operations are often met with the challenge of establishing payment services that are appropriate for each country they go to. Most of the payment service

Ayoken raises $1.4M to grow its NFT marketplace for creatives

Ayoken, an NFT marketplace for creatives, has raised $1.4 million pre-seed funding to enable users grow their revenue streams through digital collectibles. The startup’s marketplace, Ayokenlabs, wil

Betastore gets $2.5M to solve stockouts, financing challenges for informal retailers in West and Central Africa

About 80% of household retail in sub-Saharan Africa is delivered through informal channels, which perennially face several challenges like stockouts, leading to an instability in earnings and a lack o

Kenya’s MotiSure rides on micro-payments to drive personal mobility insurance growth

Affordability is one of the biggest impediments for insurance penetration in Kenya. Often, policy holders are required to make one-off payments for long-term covers, and the quoted sums are usually be

South Africa’s edtech FoondaMate eyes speedy takeoff after $2M funding

South African edtech startup FoondaMate has secured $2 million seed funding in a round led by LocalGlobe, the U.K.-based venture capital firm, to drive uptake of its WhatsApp and Facebook-based learni

Ex-Uber executive reveals how driver earnings were slashed in Kenya

New details have emerged showing that Uber was planning to further reduce commuter charges in Kenya, months after the 35% cut of 2016, which is the subject-matter of a civil suit filed by drivers agai

Autochek expands to North Africa after acquiring Morocco’s Kifal Auto

Digital automotive commerce company Autochek has acquired Morocco’s KIFAL Auto for an undisclosed amount, marking the entry of the vehicle marketplace into North Africa. The deal comes barely a year

CarePoint raises $10M to spread healthcare tech across Africa

CarePoint, a technology-driven healthcare startup, has raised a $10 million bridge round to accelerate its growth across Africa as it seeks to make healthcare accessible to the masses. The startup rec

Twiga starts commercial farming, looking to guarantee quality, sustain supply

Twiga, a B2B e-commerce food distribution platform, has today announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Twiga Fresh, through which it will farm and distribute its own agricultural produce to traders

TopUp Mama looking to solve sourcing challenges for restaurants

Stock-outs, unpredictable prices of farm produce and a lack of working capital are among the challenges that plague small restaurants and food vendors in emerging markets. These are some of the pain-p
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