Afridigest Week in Review: The funding slowdown continues
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This Afridigest Week in Review is a recap of what happened across Africa's tech ecosystem for Africa-focused founders, executives, and investors.
Welcome back, old & new friends 👋🏽! The most clicked link from last Monday’s newsletter was the throwback piece, 'The hierarchy of venture opportunities in emerging markets.'
📌 Welcome to May, folks. April was another slow month for announced deals across Africa, and we’ll publish a recap rof the month shortly. (Here’s the March recap if you missed it.)
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EQUITY DEALS ACROSS THE CONTINENT
42Markets Group, a South African fintech incubation platform, raised $10M from the Convergence Partners Digital Infrastructure Fund. The bulk of the raise will be deployed in its mesh.trade trading platform subsidiary. Other companies in the group include financial and capital markets advisory platform Andile and foreign currency risk management platform FX Flow.
Zipline, a California-based drone delivery startup that began operations in Rwanda, raised/is raising $300M at a valuation of $4.2B. We’ve previously referred to Zipline and others as ‘Africa-to-the-world’ or ‘reverse innovation’ companies where tech first developed or deployed in Africa is then exported globally.
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Capria Ventures announced the first close of a $100M fund focused on tech startups across Africa and other areas of the Global South. Capria’s existing Africa portfolio includes Nigeria’s Max.ng and Egypt’s Paymob.
📚 Quick hits
FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE
Some mistakes I made as a new manager — From former Wave Mobile Money CTO Ben Kuhn
How (African) startups should think about growth — Oldie but goodie
Fund size is still strategy: The growing disconnect between founders and VCs — From Precursor’s Charles Hudson