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US Tennis Player Serena Williams’ VC Firm Leads Ugandan Fintech’s $12.3 Million Pre-Series A Funding Round

US Tennis Player Serena Williams’ VC Firm Leads Ugandan Fintech’s .3 Million Pre-Series A Funding RoundThe Uganda-based digital lending fintech startup, Numida, has said it will start offering its services to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in other African countries. Numida’s plans to offer its services to businesses beyond Uganda’s borders came shortly after it was announced that the startup had raised a total of $12.3 million in its pre-Series […]

US Tennis Player Serena Williams’ VC Firm Leads Ugandan Fintech’s .3 Million Pre-Series A Funding Round

The Uganda-based digital lending fintech startup, Numida, has said it will start offering its services to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in other African countries. Numida’s plans to offer its services to businesses beyond Uganda’s borders came shortly after it was announced that the startup had raised a total of $12.3 million in its pre-Series A funding round. Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by American tennis player Serena Williams, led the funding round.

Unlocking the Potential of Small Businesses in Africa

Numida, the Uganda-based fintech, has said it plans to take its digital lending business outside the country, using part of the $12.3 million it raised via its pre-Series A equity-debt funding. The round was led by the U.S. tennis star Serena Williams’ venture capital firm Serena Ventures. Also participating in this funding round were Breega, 4Di Capital, Launch Africa, Soma Capital and Y Combinator.

In comments following Numida’s successful capital raise, co-founder and CEO Mina Shahid reportedly touted the impact of the financial products his company has been availing to small businesses in Uganda, and how this can be replicated in other African countries. Shahid said:

I’m most excited about continuing to build and provide financial products for these micro and small business owners …. There are so many of these businesses across the continent, we really do believe that we’ve proven a model in Uganda that can be Pan-African and unlock the potential of these businesses to grow and achieve great things.

Prioritizing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

As explained in a Techcrunch report, Numida has prioritized serving micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) because they are continually marginalized by traditional financial institutions. Using the recently raised capital, Numida said it plans to increase its active client base to 40,000. The fintech startup plans to do this by expanding its operations in two countries, the report said.

According to the report, Numida, which raised $2.3 million in 2021, has so far granted $20 million in working capital to MSMEs. With the backing of Lendable Asset Management, which recently lent $5 million to the startup, Numida will increase the value of its loans and will at the same time remodel its products to ensure their affordability.

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Cameroonian Fintech Ejara Raises $8 Million in Series A Investment Round

Cameroonian Fintech Ejara Raises  Million in Series A Investment RoundJust over 12 months after raising $2 million, the Cameroonian fintech whose app allows users to buy and store crypto assets recently said it had received $8 million in its Series A investment round. According to Ruth Foxe Blader, partner at Anthemis, Ejara aims to become the one-stop platform where “a suite of financial products […]

Cameroonian Fintech Ejara Raises  Million in Series A Investment Round

Just over 12 months after raising $2 million, the Cameroonian fintech whose app allows users to buy and store crypto assets recently said it had received $8 million in its Series A investment round. According to Ruth Foxe Blader, partner at Anthemis, Ejara aims to become the one-stop platform where “a suite of financial products will be accessible at their fingertips, without the need for any crypto knowledge.”

Owning the Keys to Your Crypto

Ejara, the Cameroonian fintech whose app enables users to buy and store cryptocurrency in decentralized wallets, recently said it had raised $8 million via a series A investment. The fintech’s latest fundraising series was jointly led by the United Kingdom-based venture capital (VC) firm Anthemis and Dragonfly Capital.

Participating in the latest round were Mercy Corps Ventures, Coinshares Ventures, and Lateral Capital which just like Anthemis had similarly joined the fintech startup’s previous round. According to a Techcrunch report, new investors include Circle Ventures, Moonstake, Emurgo, Hashkey Group, and BPI France, while Blockworks co-founder Jason Yanowitz is one of the angel investors that participated in the round.

The fintech’s latest capital raise comes just over 12 months after Ejara said it had secured $2 million via a seed round. Meanwhile, the latest capital brings the total funds that the fintech has raised in under 18 months to $10 million. Commenting on the company’s latest capital raise, Nelly Chatue-Diop, the CEO at Ejara, is quoted as saying:

When everyone was taking the other route and building centralized exchanges, we always thought that, if you want to own crypto, you need to own your keys. And that’s pretty much what’s saved us in turbulent times.

From the around 8,000 clients it had in October 2021, Ejara now reportedly boasts over 70,000 users that hail from nine different French-speaking African countries.

Meanwhile, Ruth Foxe Blader, partner at Anthemis, noted that Ejara had no intentions of “limiting itself to being a crypto app.” Instead, the fintech is seeking to become a one-stop platform where “a suite of financial products will be accessible at [users’] fingertips, without the need for any crypto knowledge.”

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