Oscar Award winner Lupita Nyong’o to produce Africa’s first kid superhero animated series

KENYA – Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong’o, has partnered with tech startup Kukua, to launch first kid’s animated series in Africa. “We’re super excited to announce that the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o joined us to produce ‘Super Sema’. Our new YouTube Originals series is Africa’s first kid superhero animated series,” read a statement on Kukua’s social media page. Kukua’s mission is to empower children of the 21st century with the skills and capacity to dream beyond what they think is possible and to imagine and create a better world. “This mission…

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Retail-tech startup Powered by People raises US$1.5m seed round for growth

KENYA – Nairobi based retail-tech startup Powered by People has raised US$1.5 million in seed funding to continue its growth in accelerating the revolution of boutique manufacturing.  Powered by People is a mobile-first, distributed manufacturing system offering online tools, financing solutions, and a B2B marketplace to the small and mid-sized enterprises in the creative manufacturing and handmade sector.  The startup connects handmade and natural cosmetic producers across Africa, Asia, and Latin America via a wholesale platform, offering retailers credit lines with flexible payments, discovery of diverse global brands and products, and…

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Drone startup Charis UAS raises funding from XM2 PURSUIT

RWANDA – Drone startup Charis UAS from Rwanda has secured an undisclosed investment from XM2 PURSUIT, a leading global provider of moving camera systems, to speed its expansion across Africa. Launched in 2014, Charis UAS was the first-ever licensed UAV company in Rwanda and provides high-quality aerial imagery and data solutions in order to support intelligent decision making. The funding round raised from the UK-based XM2 PURSUIT will help the startup broaden its market reach and cement its position as a leader in drone services in Africa. “We are thrilled to work…

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Tech startup Sakneen raises US$1m seed round led by Algebra Ventures

EGYPT – Sakneen, a Cairo-based property tech startup, has announced that it has raised US$1.1 million in a seed round led by Algebra Ventures with a major participation from Sarwa Capital and Foundation Ventures. The round also included US-based real estate private equity firm Hem + Spire, Saudi-based investment firm Nakhla VC, and angels from Google, BlackRock, and McKinsey. Founded in late 2019 by Ramy Khorshed and Hussein El Kheshen, Sakneen makes buying and selling homes easier through its property portal. The users looking to buy a home can use…

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