Recruitment startup Giraffe acquired by Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

SOUTH AFRICA – Mobile recruitment platform Giraffe has been acquired by the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, with the start-up’s existing base of jobseekers and employers to be invited to join the South Africa Youth Initiative. Founded in 2015, Giraffe is a fully automated, low-cost recruitment agency service operating across South Africa and focusing on medium-skilled jobs such as call centre, field sales, customer service and retail. The start-up’s mobile app enables jobseekers to make a CV on their phone for free, take educational courses and apply for jobs, and is zero-rated on…

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America’s FM:Systems acquires South Africa’s visitor management startup WizzPass

SOUTH AFRICA –  FM:Systems, a dominant provider of digital workplace solutions globally, has announced that it has acquired WizzPass, a rapidly growing leader in the visitor management system and workplace management market. Used and trusted by leading companies across multiple continents, the WizzPass system is efficient, easy to use and can be configured to suit any facility or organization. Founded in 2015 and based in Johannesburg, WizzPass focuses on improving the often manual and insecure processes and systems involved with traditional facility visitor management and its visitor management system revolutionises the experience, security,…

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15 startups gets selected for the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa

AFRICA – Fifteen startups have been selected for the sixth class of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, which aims to support African tech startups through their crucial growth phases. The Google for Startups Accelerator is a three-month online programme that includes three intensive virtual training bootcamps, mentorship, and Google product support. For the second year in a row, the programme is virtual, and it kicks off in June with 15 startups from across the continent participating. Six of the selected companies are from Nigeria, namely consumer intelligence, engagement and…

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Ag-tech startup Apollo Agriculture secures US$1m debt funding from ABC Fund

KENYA – Agri-tech startup Apollo Agriculture, which uses machine learning and automated operations technology to help small-scale farmers access the resources they need to maximise their profitability, has raised US$1 million in debt funding from the Agri-Business Capital Fund (ABC Fund). Based in Nairobi, Apollo Agriculture is a commercial farming platform for small-scale farmers that uses machine learning and automated operations technology to help them access things like financing, insurance, farming products and optimised advice.  The startup, which raised a US$6 million Series A funding round in May of 2020 led by Anthemis…

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Google unveils US$6m funding program to support African start-ups

AFRICA – Tech giant Google has unveiled three programmes worth US$6 million which are expected to support women and young entrepreneurs and innovators in at least 13 African countries. Under the first programme, Google will grant US$3 million to the Tony Elumelu Foundation to support women-owned start-ups in the continent to upscale their ideas. The tech giant says the fund will help in providing entrepreneurship training, mentorship and coaching to at least 5,000 women as well as seed capital in the form of one-time cash grants to 500 African women…

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Ethiopia’s edtech startup Gebeya launches its revamped marketplace

ETHIOPIA – Gebeya, the Pan-African source for freelance professional talent, has expanded its revamped marketplace, the first of its kind in terms of reach in Africa.  Prior to investment, Gebeya operated mostly a manual non-scalable marketplace model.  The firm raised a US$2M seed investment in February 2020, co-led by Partech and Orange Ventures and followed by Consonance Investment Managers, to set up the machine for scale, fully automated and digitized.  Gebeya.com connects Start-ups and Small and Medium Enterprises to professional talents from across the continent and the platform offers a…

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B2B SaaS company MarketForce acquires Digiduka to consolidate distribution of consumer goods

KENYA – MarketForce, an end-to-end retail distribution platform for consumer brands, has announced the strategic acquisition of Digiduka, a digital payments solutions provider which aims to bring informal retailers in Africa into the digital economy. Launched in 2018, MarketForce enables consumer brands to optimise how they deliver essential goods and services to retailers and consumers by bridging the information gap in last mile distribution, while maximising efficiency across the sales and distribution value chain.  The startup’s platform leverages mobile devices by enabling field agents to record all customer interactions as they happen in…

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E-commerce startup Sky.Garden raises US$4m Series A funding round to accelerate growth

KENYA – Sky.Garden, an e-commerce has closed a US$4 million round of Series A funding to accelerate its growth. Sky.Garden is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for mobile commerce that is built specifically for African businesses. Launched in May 2017, its easy-to-use online marketplace allows informal traders, SMEs and established businesses to sell their products. Its technology has been built with a strong focus on African sellers and adapted to tap into the extensive logistics network of informal and structured shipping across the continent. The startup raised a US$1.2 million seed funding round in 2018,…

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Nigerian health tech start-up Helium Health introduces new products as it enters Kenyan market

KENYA – E-health start-up Helium Health of Nigeria, has partnered with three local providers, Philips Healthcare Technologies, Carepay, and Savannah Informatics to  launch its operations in Kenya. The partnership will enable it to integrate new services, including an EMR to serve the entire East African market. Launched in 2016, Helium Health is the largest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems provider in West Africa.  The start-up was founded by three entrepreneurs, Adegoke Olobusi, Tito Ovia and Dimeji Sofowora, with a shared passion for solving the practical problems that they identified…

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Amitruck: Connecting Cargo Owners Directly With Truckers To Facilitate Trade

Amitruck, a Kenyan based start-up is betting on transparency and trust to build the next big logistics solutions provider in a market that is projected to grow exponentially in the next decade. We had a discussion with the company’s CEO and Founder Mark Mwangi on the company’s journey and future prospects.

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