Business card replacement app Veza launches in SA

Networking and business card replacement app Veza has launched in South Africa, aiming to make it easier to follow up with new contacts from business events. When meeting a new contact at an event or conference, the Veza app eliminates the need to exchange business cards, rather, a user hands

Nigeria’s Lucy.ng sees revenue growth in niche e-commerce

Nigerian online gifting platform Lucy.ng is seeing impressive revenue growth having identified a niche in the African e-commerce space. Lucy.ng is an online gift superstore for seasons, occasions and events, which aims to make it easy for individuals and companies to shop for personalised or branded merchandise on-demand. “The idea

Bus-booking startup MyRunner wins Seedstars Zimbabwe

Bus-booking startup MyRunner has won the Zimbabwean round of global early-stage startups competition Seedstars World, and will now go on to represent the country at the global final in Switzerland next year to compete for up to US$1 million in equity investment. Global early-stage startups competition Seedstars World has been

SA insurtech startup Naked raises $1.4m

South African insurtech startup Naked Insurance has raised a ZAR20 million (US$1.4 million) funding round as it looks to make the business of obtaining insurance effortless, fair and more transparent. The funding comes from Hollard, South Africa’s largest privately-owned insurance group, and private investment firm Yellowwoods, with Naked Insurance set

How SA’s Wala is bridging the gap between consumers and banks

South African fintech startup Wala is using its digital financial platform to deliver zero-fee access to products offered by financial institutions, and is turning to the blockchain to speed its growth. Founded in 2015, Wala provides access to transactional banking, remittances, loans and insurance, working with specialist providers to offer

Caketunes leads the Africa’s beat marketplace.

Caketunes is an online African beat/music distribution and production startup for artiste and music producers, on Caketunes producers can sign up as merchants and upload their beats which could take 48-78 hours to get approved and appear on the platform. Artiste can also visit and sign up to the Caketunes

Urbantech co-working space set to launch in Cairo

A new co-working space, KMT House, is set to launch in Cairo, Egypt, with the aim of encouraging innovation in the country’s nascent urbantech sector. Urbantech refers to the tech innovations and solutions being developed by entrepreneurs to make cities sustainable, livable and resilient. KMT House aims to provide a

Angolan food delivery startup Tupuca aims for regional expansion

Angolan food delivery startup Tupuca is planning on adding new features and expanding to neighbouring countries having seen solid uptake since its launch. Founded in 2015, Tupuca is Angola’s first food delivery platform, allowing users to order from multiple restaurants straight from their smartphone. The startup – which recently won

Uganda’s SolarNow secures $6m debt facility

Ugandan solar startup SolarNow has secured a US$6 million debt facility to help it reach more clients and expand access to pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar power. The facility is lead by SunFunder with the participation of responsAbility Investments AG and Oikocredit. Disrupt Africa has previously profiled SolarNow, which sells solar systems

Cape Town drone company UAV Industries raises $499k

Cape Town-based drone operator UAV Industries has raised ZAR6.84 million (US$499,000) in funding from Glenheim Venture Capital Company, the first direct investment made by Glenheim’s Section 12J fund. Launched three years ago, UAV Industries offers drone training and leasing services, and has seen 300 per cent year-on-year growth off the

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