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AHL Leads seed round in rent to own africa

Press Release | 2018-12-14 |

Zambia-based pioneer in productive-use asset financing Rent to Own (RTO) has successfully completed a seed round of 1.05 million USD in equity. The round was led by shareholder AHL Venture Partners, who significantly increased its investment, and supported by Small Foundation and Jordan Engineering (via Serenity Investments).

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Kenya's Tulaa Wins $30,000 Runners-Up MIT Zambezi Prize for Financial Inclusion Innovation - Bitcoin KE

Bitcoin KE | Crypto Queen | 2018-09-01 |

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa has won the $30,000 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion after it emerged among the top three finalists. South Africa’s Wala won the grand prize of $100,000 while the runners-up Tulaa and Nigeria’s RecyclePoints won $30,000 each.

Esoko launches Insyt app to improve data collection |

Commodity trading firm, Esoko has launched an application aimed at improving data collection in the country.

Twiga Foods Inks Proposed Multimillion Dollar Deal For Distribution Network

Techweez | @kiruti | 2018-08-28 |

You might have come across Twiga Foods, which is a company that has the goal of solving the fragmentation in the produce market. They have received funding before and now they have inked another deal. Yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the signing of two agreements worth $238 million (Kshs 23.968 billion), of which $5 million …

President Kenyatta Witnesses Signing Of Investment Deals Worth $238 Million In Washington DC | 2018-08-28 |

President Uhuru Kenyatta today witnessed the signing of two agreements that will see two US companies invest $238 million worth of projects in Kenya as he urged the US government to facilitate the operations of US businesses Africa. Taking cue from President Kenyatta’s call, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation  (OPIC) and Kipeto Wind Energy […]

This startup is providing farmers with access to markets in Kenya - Ventures Africa

Ventures Africa | 2018-09-11 |

Twiga Foods is a mobile-based, B2B platform used by small and medium scale businesses to purchase fruit and vegetable stock from local and regional farmers in Kenya.

Fanisi Capital invests Sh 400m in Kitengela International School - Capital Business

Capital Business | @capitalfmkenya | 2018-09-13 |

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13 - Fanisi Capital has today entered into an agreement to invest up to Sh400 million in Kitengela International School (KISC) with an Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today |

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Africa's PE market stays alive with education among top investments

The Exchange | @MwitaMartin | 2018-09-17 |

Private Equity investments in Africa have remains robust with the education sector being among the top areas of investment. The increasing investor interest in PE’s is attributed to rapid urbanization, a resilient and adapting middle class and increased

Feeding the many with smart investment and new technology

Raconteur | @raconteur | 2018-09-19 |

While the world produces enough food to feed everyone, many still go hungry, but smart investment and new technology can help.

FULL LIST: Winners of the 2018 Digital Impact Awards

Online news from Uganda and the East African region - SoftPower News | 2018-09-22 |

Centenary Bank, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and MTN Uganda are some of the winners that were recognized during the just concluded Digital Impact Awards. The 2018 Digital Impact Awards Africa were held on Friday evening at the Kampala Serena Hotel. URA emerged as Best e-service, Centenary Bank was named Digital Brand of the year while MTN MoMo was the Best Financial Inclusion Services Provider. This year's was the fifth time the awards organised by HiPipo and partners were taking place. Companies and government agencies made submissions to compete for innovativeness, product usability and application of digital proficiency to improve delivery

Twiga Foods Launches Initiative to Test Farmers’ Produce

The Standard | @StandardKenya |

Agricultural supply platform, Twiga Foods, has announced plans to set up facilities to test fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues

Online business learning academy launched to enhance SME skills

KBC | Kenya's Watching | @clairemitus | 2018-09-27 |

Invest in Africa (IIA-Kenya) in partnership with the African Management Initiative (AMI) has launched an online learning academy to help SMEs

Boost for enterprises as Invest In Africa Africa, AMI launch online SME academy

The Exchange | @MwitaMartin | 2018-09-26 |

Invest in Africa (IIA-Kenya) has partnered with the African Management Initiative (AMI) to launch an online learning academy to for SMEs on the African Partner Pool. The academy is aimed at helping SMEs gain expertise to scale and grow their businesses.

World Bank’s IFC invested Ksh20Bn in Kenya last financial year —SSA report

The Exchange | @MwitaMartin | 2018-09-29 |

The International Finance Corporation, World Bank’s private financing institution, invested approximately Ksh20 billion in Kenya during the 2017-18 financial year ended June, the institution has reported.IFC which this week released data on its investment.

Fruits,vegetables to be tested for pesticides in new initiative

The Star, Kenya | 2018-09-29 |

A local food company has launched a Sh23 million initiative to test fruits and vegetables sourced from farmers for pesticide residues to ensure consumer safety.Kikonde Mwatela, Twiga Foods chief operations officer, said facilities for tests of Maximum Residue Levels will address consumer concerns over contamination of agricultural produce with agrochemicals.

Meet the 2018 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year

World Economic Forum |

Girls’ education, sexual violence, prison reform and financial inclusion are just some of issues confronted by the Schwab Foundation's Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2018

ESOKO Wins Best Technology In Agric Award

Modern Ghana | @modernghanaweb | 2018-10-05 |

Esoko, a pioneering firm in the tech for agric space has been adjudged winners of the maiden Mobex Innovation Africa (MIA) Award for Governance and Social Go...

Luanshya to Upgrade Informal Settlements | Zambia Reports

Zambia Reports | @Zambia_Reports | 2018-10-04 |

The latest news, politics, business, and opinion from Zambia

FIVE reaches second close targeting €200m |

AfricInvest, a pan-African private equity firm, has announced the second close of FIVE, an evergreen platform for investing in financial institutions in Africa. 

Zoona Plus: Game Changer - Financial Insights

Financial Insights | @mwe15 | 2018-10-06 |

We have been watching the evolution of Zoona for some time now. Deep in the heart of Fintech, Zoona made first mover when they revolutionized the money transfer game in Zambia. By understanding and exploiting Fintech, which is basically computer programs and other technology used to support or enable banking and financial services, Zoona open …