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African E-Commerce Platform Jumia Now Offering Support For Marketplace, Logistics, & Online Payments to Governments in Africa During COVID-19 Outbreak

Jumia, a Nigeria-based e-commerce platform, announced on Friday it is offering support for marketplaces, logistics, and online payments to governments in Africa as part of the global action against the COVID-19 outbreak. Founded in 2012, Jumia offers e-commerce services through its marketplace, logistics, and JumiaPay…. Read More

UAE Exchange Rebrands to “Unimoni”; Now Seeking to Expand Brand Network & Introduce New Products/Services in Tanzania

UAE Exchange, a global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, announced on Tuesday it has rebranded to Unimoni as it seeks to expand its brand network and introduce more products and services in Tanzania. The company reported that this rebranding in Tanzania, in… Read More

Belgium-based Blockchain Firm SettleMint Secures $2 Million via Latest Investment Round

Belgium-headquartered SettleMint, an enterprise blockchain firm, has reportedly secured €1.9 million (appr. $2.04 million) through a new investment round. KPN Ventures and Medici Ventures took part in the firm’s latest funding, SettleMint’s management confirmed on January 28. Following the capital injection, the company is planning… Read More

Dubai International Financial Centre Fintech Hive Launches Investment Accelerator Program in Middle East, Africa, South Asia

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Fintech Hive has announced the introduction of their investment-focused accelerator program for startups and other small companies in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) regions. The Fintech Hive Scale Up program will provide partnership and investment opportunities for… Read More

FIS Announces Payment Processing Expansion in Africa

FIS (NYSE: FIS), a financial services technology firm, announced on Friday it has expanded its payment processing in Africa. Through the expansion efforts, FIS will integrate technology from Flutterwave, a U.S.-based payments technology company with operations in Africa, into its Worldpay payment processing platform for… Read More

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-backed Catalyst Fund Launches $15 Million Commitment from J.P. Morgan, UK Aid

Although the overall progress on reducing poverty has been steady during the past few decades, about half or 50% of the global population still has to live on less than $6 per day. Catalyst Fund is a newly established VC fund with a goal to… Read More

U.S. & Lagos Fintech Startup Flutterwave Secures $35 Million Through Series B Funding Round & Announces New Partnership With WorldPay For Payments in Africa

Flutterwave, a U.S. and Lagos-based fintech that’s on a mission to build payments infrastructures to connect Africa to the global economy, has reportedly secured $35 million through its Series B funding round. Along with the investment announcement, the company revealed it is now teaming up… Read More

dLocal Announces Expansion of Emerging Markets Payments Platform to Include Nigeria & South Africa

dLocal, a fintech company specializing in facilitating cross-border payments for global e-commerce merchants in emerging markets, announced on Tuesday it has expanded its payments network to include Nigeria and South Africa. dLocal reported it now supports more than 300 local payment methods in 17 market… Read More

Visa Partners With MFS Africa To Bring Digital Payments to More Consumers & Businesses Across Africa

Visa announced on Wednesday it is teaming up with pan-African fintech MFS Africa to help bring digital payments to more consumers and businesses throughout Africa. The duo reported that MFS Africa, which connects through one API more than 180 million mobile wallets on the continent,… Read More

Trulioo Announces Expansion of Identity Verification Coverage to Nigeria & Ghana

Trulioo, an on-demand global identity verification company, announced on Monday it has expanded its identity verification coverage services to Nigeria and Ghana through GlobalGateway, its marketplace of identity data and services.  According to Trulioo, GlobalGateway’s coverage in Nigeria and Ghana will help financial institutions accurately… Read More

African Journalist Considers Whether Facebook Libra Coin a Boon for Africa

African technology journalist Andile Masuku has written that corruption around remittances in Africa is so bad, “I have become numb to the daylight robbery that ensues whenever I receive money from abroad or send cash to my family back home.” Masuku cites figures from the World… Read More

Organic Chocolatier Fairafric Overfunding on Seedrs: Sweet Success

Fairafric produces certified organic chocolate, from bean to bar in Ghana. Chocolate, with its reported per capita consumption of approximately 5kg per year in most of Europe, is ready for disruption and more ethical production. Kickstarter alum Fairafric aims to increase income per bar five-fold and create… Read More

Standard Chartered Launches Africa eXellerator Innovation Hub in Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank announced on Monday it has officially opened its Africa eXellerator Innovation Hub in Kenya. According to the digital bank, the innovation hub will serve asa platform to collaborated with fintechs in Kenya, as well as the broader African region to drive innovation… Read More

Standard Chartered Launches Second Wave of Digital-Only Retail Banks Across Four African Markets

Standard Chartered Bank announced on Thursday it has rolled out the second wave of its digital-only retail banks across four African markets. Standard Chartered reported it will launch its digital solution in four key markets during the first quarter of 2019 starting in Uganda in January,… Read More

Africans Using Gift Cards to Buy Bitcoins Through Paxful

Owners of a peer-to-peer Bitcoin trading app called Paxful says Africans are conducting 17 000 bitcoin trades per day using the service, and that the majority of the trades involve exchanging bitcoins for gift cards from Amazon and iTunes, according to a recent blog post… Read More

Mauritius Africa Fintech Hub Set to Launch in December

The Mauritius Africa Fintech, an organization based in Port Louis, announced on Friday its new hub is currently set to open this December. According to the not-for-profit, the hub is being supported by the Mauritian government, regulatory authorities and financial service providers, both big and… Read More

Luxembourg House of Fintech Launches Catapult, Targeting Fintech Companies in Africa

The Luxembourg House of Fintech (LHoFT) is launching a new initiative which focuses on Fintech companies in Africa seeking to boost financial inclusion. “Catapult – Inclusion Africa” is described as a Fintech tool to provide access to financial services to the under banked or those… Read More

GTR Invests in Orbitt, an Africa Platform Targeting Fintech

GTR Ventures, an investment company that specializes in trade and supply chain, has announced an investment in Orbitt – an African focused Fintech deals platform. This is GTR’s first Africa focused investment. Orbitt is based in London with operations in Mauritius and a user-base across 28… Read More

Cameroon’s Afriland First Bank Selects Fintech Temenos to Enhance End-to-End Banking Experience

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Temenos (SIX: TEMN), a Switzerland-based banking software company,  announced on Thursday Cameroon-based financial services group Afriland First Bank has chosen Temenos T24 Core Banking platform to power its digital transformation journey. According to Temenos, the bank has opted for a complete IT renovation using Temenos… Read More

Pan African banking group Ecobank Announces Winners of 2018 Fintech Challenge

Pan African banking group Ecobank announced on Friday the winners of the 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge. As previously reported, the Challenge’s contestants must be one of the following categories: Remittances Digital Sales/Marketing Offline mobile to mobile payments Digital Onboarding/ Account Opening/ KYC SME Intra-Africa Trade Platform Multi-Channel… Read More

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