Logistics startup ILLA raises investment round to accelerate its market growth

EGYPT – ILLA, the FMCG logistics startup, has raised a seven-figure investment round to accelerate its market growth and extend its offering within the FMCG value chain. 

It intends to use the funds to expand its domestic market and improve its user experience.   

Watheeq Financial Services and Golden Palm Investments co-led the round. Loftyinc Capital Management, Kepple Africa Fund, Cubit Ventures, AUC Angels, Oqal Angel Network, and FLat6Labs Cairo all participated in the round, with the latter doubling down on its investment in ILLA for the third time. 

“ILLA will use the funds to fuel its expansion and growth in Egypt and disrupt the traditional route-to-market for FMCG companies and SMEs, while building more around its tech platform to deliver more value to its clients and drivers alike,” said Mahmoud ElZomor, Co-Founder and CEO of ILLA. 

ILLA was founded in 2019 by Mahmoud Elzomor, Alaa Jarkas, Ahmed Sakr, and Hossam Saraya, and was soon joined by a well-versed management team led by Mohamed Emera as Director of Growth, Mohamed Kamal as CFO, and Khaled Elzomor as Commercial Director.  

ILLA was able to secure the business and confidence of over 65 clients in its portfolio, including household names such as Coca-Cola, P&G, Danone, Nestle, Juhayna, and Pepsico, by focusing completely on the FMCG sector. 

“Mahmoud and the team are tailor-made for ILLA, bringing decades of diversified experience to help drive efficiency into the US$15 trillion global FMCG market,” said Khaled Zaidan of Watheeq Financial Services

“With the onset of covid, the global supply chain management industry is suitable for modernization, and ILLA is uniquely positioned as an end-to-end execution platform.  

“In addition, ILLA’s smart logistics solutions also play a crucial role in providing a full stack of operational solutions that will disrupt the sector, and will change the behavior for all stakeholders within the FMCG market.”  

ILLA has been delivering on its main promise of moving products efficiently on behalf of FMCG businesses across 27 governorates in Egypt since 2019, traversing over 5,000,000 KM and completing over 250,000 transactions

“Middle-mile logistics is one of the most underinvested segments of the global supply chain market,” AJ Okereke, Partner, Golden Palm said. 

“ILLA has identified this massive opportunity in MENA and is offering a full-stack B2B supply chain management platform enabling FMCG brands to reach retailers directly at the lowest cost per case. 

“Mahmoud and team are utilizing the trucking logistics shared economy and tech automation to innovate within a large and fast-growing market.”  

Before ILLA, FMCG brands had to rely on a variety of owned and outsourced assets to manage their delivery operations, which added to the pain of a fragmented logistics cycle.  

This gave way to ILLA’s value offering to those brands: a streamlined value chain with visibility, control, and growth potential for each individual brand, with ILLA acting as an asset-light logistics company, leveraging its tech platform and operational intelligence to deliver an unparalleled delivery experience. 

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