Investors update: December 15 2022
3 min Read December 15, 2022 at 1:58 PM UTC
Visa to invest $1bn in Africa over the next five years
- Global payments giant Visa says it will invest $1 billion by 2027 to expand its investments in Africa amidst a digital payments boom on the continent.
- Visa chief Al Kelly announced this pledge on Wednesday during the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a sub-event in the broader US-Africa Leaders Summit.
- The pledge will further scale Visa’s operations in Africa and deepen collaboration with strategic partners, including governments, financial institutions, mobile network operators, fintech startups, and merchants.
Africa currently has more than 500 million people who are underbanked or unbanked, less than 50% of the continent’s adult population have made or received digital payments and more than 40 million merchants do not accept digital payments, according to Visa. After several years of investing via various partnerships and playing a significant part in Africa’s current digital payments boom, the payment giant believes this new investment, spread over five years, will facilitate additional opportunities to expand financial inclusion on the continent.
Egypt’s logistics startup Suplyd raises $1.6m pre-seed
- Egypt-based restaurant logistics startup Suplyd, has raised a $1.6 million pre-seed round led by Endure Capital, Seedstars, Camel Ventures, and Falak Startups.
- Founded in 2022 by Gohar Said, Karim Selima, and Ahmed ElMahdy, Suplyd digitizes the procurement supply chain processes for hotels, restaurants, and cafes (HORECA). Through its platform, restaurants can buy stock directly from suppliers.
- Suplyd plans to use the new funding to scale its technology and expand within and beyond Cairo, and to explore other growth opportunities in Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region in the near future.
In an extremely fragmented market, Suplyd streamlines the fulfillment process of supplies by creating a B2B platform that facilitates order procurement, fulfillment, and payments. The startup claims to currently serve 500 customers in greater Cairo, having grown by almost 50% month over month since launch. It is in competition with players like OneOrder and expects greater growth over the next year sustained by its expansion plans geared towards serving Egypt’s vast HoReCa industry, which is supported by over 400,000 restaurants.
Africa-focused Ventures Platform closes its fund at $46m
- Ventures Platform, a Pan-African early-stage venture capital firm, has closed its fund at $46 million as it looks to double down on “category-leading” companies across the continent.
- The six-year-old firm, which employs 11 people, initially went to the market to raise $40 million for this fund and reached an undisclosed first close last December.
- Most of its limited partners in the first close were primarily African based, which was a deliberate effort, according to founder and general partner Kola Aina.
Ventures Platform has made over 60 investments since its launch in 2016 across sectors such as fintech, insurtech, health tech, edtech, agritech, enterprise SaaS, digital infra plays, and digital talent accelerators. Some notable names from its portfolio include Marketforce, Mono, PiggyVest, Nomba, and Reliance HMO, two of YC’s most valued African startups. Having a mix of local and foreign participation in its latest fund is both strategic and significant. Africa’s venture funding landscape is more saturated with foreign investors than local but in recent years, local VC firms and funds have upscaled their investments in startups.
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