11 African fintech startups selected for CATAPULT programme

AFRICA – Eleven African fintech startups have been selected to take part in the 2020 edition of CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa, which helps companies focusing on financial inclusion to scale.

Building on the success of its 2018 edition, CATAPULT: Inclusion Africa is developed by the LHoFT Foundation and targets companies focusing on financial inclusion in Africa. It aims to build bridges between Africa and Europe.

It provides selected startups with access to a tailor-made program with intensive mentoring, coaching, peer-to-peer learning and dedicated workshops.

The 11 startups are:

CinetPay (Côte d’Ivoire): A mobile money, credit card and other wallet payment gateway allowing e-commerce sites, e-service, companies and institutions to accept all means of payMent online or offline in eight African countries.

A-Trader (Tanzania): The startup is building a robo-advisor to provide automated investment recommendations for Africa’s growing middle class through real-time access to Africa’s stockmarkets, savings and investments options, and easily understandable structured financial instruments.

Dundiza (Tanzania): The first digital wallet platform that enables young people and women living in marginalised communities to securely save and manage their money instantly while being to gain competitive interest and access credit scorings from the savings.

Esusu (Nigeria): Esusu Africa Limited is tackling the problems of informal savings schemes across Africa. It does this through Electronic Esusu, a digital platform designed to simplify thrift savings, collections and microcredit towards enhancing delivery of digital financial services to the last mile.

Eversend (France): Eversend is building a neobank for Africans, anywhere in the world. The multi-currency e-wallet allows users to exchange, spend and send money at the best possible rates. Insurance, virtual debit cards, and bill payments, and USSD channels so that anyone with a mobile phone can access financial services.

Exuus (Rwanda): Exuus aims to leverage the power of informal collective saving schemes through a digital and decentralised collective wallet for saving groups.

PaddyCover (Nigeria): The startup offers an insurance service aggregator, powering affordable pay-as-you-go insurance in Nigeria and Africa, working with established insurers and customer aggregators to offer a multi-channel platform that facilitates flexible and convenient payment.

People’s Pension Trust (Ghana): Offers pension products to workers in the informal sector for which people can save daily, weekly or monthly, with flexible contribution amounts, done by mobile phone or other means.

Pezesha (Kenya): Pezesha is a holistic digital financial marketplace & infrastructure for underserved small firms in Africa.

SympliFi (UK): SympliFi is a global online marketplace that enables diaspora around the world to easily access impactful financial solutions in their home country for self and family, at the touch of a button, because people want to do more than just send money back home.

uKheshe (SA and UK): The startup offers a unique digital payment acceptance platform that enables informal merchants and traders to accept card payments without the need of a bank account, smartphone or formal business registration.

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