This Week in African Tech 🌍

Deals, Events and Opportunities

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Morning, and happy Sunday! Hope your weekend has been great.

Mine has been a little chaotic - organising everything for the US trip, which is why this is a day late 😅

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Tech Roundup

  • Copia, a B2C e-commerce platform focused on East Africa, announced that it is leaving Uganda due to the economic downturn and constrained capital markets. More than 350 employees will be impacted by the decision and have been provided with a severance package.

  • Injini, an ed-tech non-profit has recruited 12 ed-tech startups to take part in the Mastercard Foundation EdTech Fellowship Program. Some of these startups include Code4Kids, Digify Africa, Yenza and others, and they will receive R1,000,000 (~$55,000) in equity-free funding.

Our friends Luke and Karl officially launched Young African Catalysts (YAC) last week!

Young Africa Catalysts is building an ecosystem for young Africans to upskill, hire talent and unlock investment.

This one also falls under ‘opportunities’ - Young African Catalysts has just launched an Aspiring Fellowship program for Africans looking to enter Venture Capital.

I’ve been a part of their community since last year and have found it super valuable. Congrats to Luke and Karl.

Deal Roundup

  • The DRC-based Altech Group, a clean energy distributor, has raised US$18 million in debt financing and grants to expand access to energy across the country from Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund (EEGF) Triple Jump and Rabobank.

  • CoaChess, a Tunisian gaming platform, raised $191,000 in a pre-Seed funding round from Omicrone. The startup’s notable offering is its intelligent bot, which can mimic top chess champions and other influential figures in the history of the game.

Events and Opportunities

  • Infobip is offering $10,000+ worth of communication tools for platforms like WhatsApp, text and email. Infobip is the communication partner powering companies like Uber, Bolt and Meta - and they want to support startups on the continent next. Get your Infobip Perks here. 

  • Afriblocks is hosting The Freelancers Summit 2023 on Saturday 6 May for African freelancers and the rise of Web3 technology, and will have over 1000 participants and 20+ expert speakers from companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Salesforce (as well as yours truly). Learn more here.

  • The VC4A Venture Showcase Africa is looking for African founders to showcase their startups and scaleups to investors on the continent. The showcase is a great way to get visibility, mentorship and to connect with prospective investors and partners. Apply here before May 17th.

Interesting Reads this week

This week was slow, so here are a few things I found interesting and informative this week:

  • Umuganda - the monthly Rwandan holiday where shops close, public transport stops and everyone does community service work for three hours (even the President).

  • Afropolitan’s Resident Artist Ebengho shares how he designed the Afropolitan NFT Collection. Afropolitan incorporates African history and traditions with a futuristic style so well. Disclaimer - I own one.

And that's a wrap for this week! We will be back with a feature story next week.

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👋🏾 Caleb