We recorded quite a number of remarkable deals across the African Startup ecosystem last week. Leading energy startup, Okra Solar raised $12 Million in a mixture of debt and equity funding, while Rentoza secured $6 Million to scale its online subscription services. In addition, Itana, Nestcoin, Kotani Pay, and Anchor all announced fundings in the range of $1.9 to $2.4 Million within the same time frame.
Funding round: Series A (Undisclosed)
Investors: Beltone Venture Capital
Founded: 2016, Egypt
Products: ariika operates a digital-led home and décor brand partnering with artisans, real estate developers and art creators to design and curate housing interior aesthetics for clients.
What Next?: ariika intends to utilize the funding to finance its geographic expansion into Saudi Arabia, improve its omni-channel marketing strategy, and develop its technological infrastructure with advanced AR tools.
Funding round: ($850,000)
Founded: 2022, Egypt
Products: Sehatech provides tech-backed products that streamline medical insurance processes. The company’s solutions eliminate manual processes in health insurance claims, facilitating a seamless and frictionless experience for patients and healthcare service providers.
What Next?: Sehatech plans to use the funding to expand its team, accelerate product development, and enhance its customer service operations across Egypt and MENA.
Funding round: Pre-Seed ($2 Million)
Founded: 2019, Nigeria
Products: Itana is building a virtual city in the Nigerian government-led free zones for businesses in the digital and service industry. The company currently operates an online one-stop-shop app comparable to global tech products letting international businesses conduct operations in Nigeria and access business incentives like capital repatriation and business visas without having a physical presence in Nigeria.
What Next?: The startup will utilize the funding to augment its efforts to improve Nigeria’s ease-of-doing-business index, drive foreign direct investment (FDI), and catalyze employment.
Funding round: ($1.9 Million)
Founded: 2021, Nigeria
Products: The startup operates a cryptocurrency investment software that enables investors to develop and invest in crypto-backed projects. Nestcoin also builds, operates and invests in crypto-native products.
What Next?: Fueled by the funding, Nestcoin aims to further democratize access to economic opportunities presented by crypto and web3. It plans to use the money to shore up its finances and further its mission to provide individuals in frontier markets with equitable access to economic possibilities.
Funding round: Series A Debt and Equity ( $12 Million)
Products: Okra Solar develops IoT enabled hardware and software for last-mile energy companies serving remote off-grid communities. The company develops mesh-grid technology, comprising its proprietary Okra Pod, PV panels, battery, and inverters to serve communities.
What Next?: Okra Solar intends to invest the funding to scale its mesh-grid technology and expand its reach to serve more clients and communities.
Funding round: Pre-Seed ($2 Million)
Founded: 2020, Kenya
Products: Kotani Pay operates a crypto payments platform designed to simplify cross-border remittances for Africans. The company’s platform acts as a middleware connecting blockchains to local payment networks allowing users to send money on feature phones without the internet.
What Next?: Fueled by the funding, the startup intends to expand its operations into markets in Rwanda, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, and Nigeria.
Funding round: Seed ($2 .4 Million)
Founded: 2021, Nigeria
Products: Anchor operates a banking-as-a-service (BaaS) solution which includes APIs, dashboards, and tools designed to aid developers build banking products and systems such as virtual bank accounts, funds transfers, and issuing cards.
What Next?: The startup intends to channel the funds into improving its offerings and exploring pan-African expansion, extending its reach into new markets.
Funding round: ($ 1.6Million)
Founded: 2018, Tunisia
Products: Be Wireless Solutions (BWS) develops resource-saving solutions incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The company operates a digital infrastructure that enables users to track and monitor resource-saving efforts.
What Next?:The company intends to utilize the substantial investment to reshape the landscape of IoT technology in Europe and beyond by extending its services and more advanced solutions to those regions.
Funding round: Undisclosed
Investors: Renew Capital Angels
Founded: 2015, Kenya
Founders: Richard Machomba
Products: FlexPay operates an innovative “save now, buy later” platform that enables customers to save up for purchases over time without incurring any interest, all while helping them set and achieve their personal savings goals.
What Next?: Fueled by the new funding, Flexpay is set to partner with merchants and pioneer a transformative change redefining consumer finance across Africa.
Funding round: ($6 Million)
Founded: 2017, South Africa
Products: Rentoza operates an online subscription platform for goods and appliances. It aims to provide convenient access to essential products and services for Africans through its subscription model.
What Next: Rentoza will use the capital injection to fuel its growth and facilitate its expansion within the e-commerce landscape in South Africa and across the African continent. The allocated funds will be channeled into asset acquisitions, capital projects, marketing initiatives, and talent recruitment.
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