Kenyan police raid warehouse belonging to WorldCoin in Nairobi
“The officers went to the offices along Mombasa Road armed with a search warrant and left with machines they believe stores data gathered by the firm… Data Commissioner Immaculate Kassait defended her office and said Tools for Humanity, the parent company of Worldcoin, failed to disclose its true intentions during registration.” Capital News.
Cape Town’s taxi strike ends
“The Western Cape branch of South Africa’s taxi union has called off a strike protesting a new by-law that allowed the City of Cape Town to impound vehicles instead of fining drivers for not displaying registration plates. The new law also states that cars can be impounded if they’re unlicensed, overloaded or don’t stop when they’re instructed to do so by a police officer. Taxi operators say the by-law targets them unfairly.” TechCabal.
Banking & Telecom Activity
Safaricom Ethiopia finalizes $257M USD agreement with International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
Internet subscribers in Nigeria grew by 9% in 2022, servicing 154.8 million customers, according to report by the Nigerian Communications Commission
Airtel Uganda to sell 20% stake in IPO on the Uganda Securities Exchange, with transaction advisory being led by Absa Bank Uganda
Zenith Bank commits $1M USD for the digitization of trade relations, agreement with secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)
Nigeria’s Wema Bankpartners with Enza to strengthen its eCommerce payment solutions to merchants
Startup Activity Egypt – Cybersecurity startup powering the likes of Paymob & EFG-Hermes, Buguard, raises $500K USD with plans to expand across the GCC
Egypt – AI recruitment startup, Talents Arena, raises $750K USD for expansion into Saudi Arabia
Kenya – Logistics startup, Sendy, shuts down and embarks on asset sales as the company works to be acquired
Nigeria – Auto financing startup, Moove, raises $76M USD to turn the company profitable across all markets and valuing the company at $550M USD
Knife Capitalcloses $50M USD for Series B fund focusing on supporting the expansion of South African startups
How African startups can leverage mergers and acquisitions – Levi Cee on Benjamindada.com
“Amidst these challenges, startups have to recalibrate their growth strategies and explore alternative funding sources to survive and thrive in the post-pandemic landscape. Mergers and Acquisitions have emerged as an attractive option for startups seeking to adapt to the changing investment landscape. Between 2021 to 2023, the ecosystem has seen M&A valued at over $100 billion serving as a wake-up call to startups of every size.”
Prosper Africa Catalytic Investment Facility announces 4 new asset funds
“The Prosper Africa Catalytic Investment Facility provides financing to African asset managers and financial vehicles that have a pipeline of growth-oriented businesses. This portfolio approach deepens the reach and catalyzes greater investment in entrepreneurs and small businesses advancing solutions to global challenges, including climate change and gender inequality.” Press release.
EXCLUSIVE: Zambia is ready to be Africa’s next major tech hub, says tech minister
“So what are they doing differently in Zambia that is making a lot of technology companies want to do business there? TechCabal spoke to Honourable Felix Mutati, Zambia’s minister of technology and science, about what policy measures the country has employed to boost technology, the challenges the government has faced in this process and how they have addressed them. He also speaks on what the future holds for the technology sector in Zambia and why investors should flock to the southern African nation.” TechCabal.
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