Uber Africa launches Uber Cash with Flutterwave and explores EVs – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Uber is launching its Uber Cash digital wallet feature in Sub-Saharan Africa through a partnership with San Francisco based — Nigerian founded — fintech firm Flutterwave. The arrangement will allow riders to top up Uber wallets using the dozens of remittance partners active on Flutterwave’s Pan-African network. Flutterwave operates as a B2B payments gateway…

Kenya’s Apollo Agriculture raises $6M Series A led by Anthemis – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Apollo Agriculture believes it can attain profits by helping Kenya’s smallholder farmers maximize theirs. That’s the mission of the Nairobi based startup that raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Anthemis. Founded in 2016, Apollo Agriculture offers a mobile based product suit for farmers that includes working capital, data analysis for higher…

Novastar Ventures becomes $200M African VC fund after $108M raise – TechCrunch

[ad_1] African startups have another $100 million in VC to pitch for after Novastar Ventures’ latest raise. The Nairobi and Lagos based investment group announced it has closed $108 million in new commitments to launch its Africa Fund II, which brings Novastar’s total capital to $200 million. With the additional resources, the firm plans to…

Nigeria’s Helium Health raises $10M Series A for Africa expansion – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Nigerian startup Helium Health sits in a good position during a difficult period, according to its co-founder. The Lagos based healthtech venture is in the black, has batted away acquisition offers, and just raised a $10 million Series A round, CEO Adegoke Olubusi told . The startup offers a product suit that digitizes data,…

Andela CEO confirms staff cuts as layoffs hit African tech – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Africa-focused tech talent accelerator Andela has let go 135 employees, CEO Jeremy Johnson confirmed to . Senior staff at the company — with offices in New York and five African countries — will also take salary cuts of 10% to 30%. The compensation and staff reductions are a result of the economic impact of…

Visa connects to M-Pesa, Flutterwave enters e-commerce – TechCrunch

[ad_1] It seems the demand for Safaricom’s M-Pesa payment product never eases. Since its 2007 launch in Kenya, the fintech app has commanded over 70% of the mobile money market in that country. When COVID-19 hit the East African nation of 53 million in March, the Kenyan Central Bank turned to M-Pesa as a public…

Goldman backed ventures Jumia and Twiga partner on produce in Kenya – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia and B2B agtech startup Twiga Foods are partnering to deliver produce in Kenya using adaptive measures during COVID-19. In 2019, Jumia became the first VC funded tech company in Africa to list on a major exchange, the NYSE. Based in Nairobi, Twiga raised a $30 million Series B round in…

In Nigeria PalmPay waives fees and creates ₦100M COVID-19 payout fund – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Africa focused payment startup PalmPay will waive transfer fees in Nigeria and offer direct payouts to customers who have contracted COVID-19 in the West African country. The venture — that launched in 2019 backed by China’s Transsion —  has created the PalmPay Support Fund. The initiative will start with 100 million Naira (≈ $300K)…