Money Deals

  • Female-led and female-founded ventures attracted even less funding in 2022 than they had in 2021.
  • Female-led start-ups in Africa have raised $188m (4%) in 2022, while male-led ventures raised $4.6bn (96%).  
  • The number of $100k+ deals announced by female-led start-ups has also seen a YoY decrease, (128 in 2022 vs. 141 in 2021) and relatively (13% vs. 16%). 

Female-led and female-founded ventures attracted even less funding in 2022 than they had in 2021, latest data from Africa’s The Big Deal shows.

According to the report, female-led start-ups in Africa have raised $188m (4%) in 2022, while male-led ventures raised $4.6bn (96%). In other words, 25x times less funding has been invested in female-led start-ups in 2022, compared to their male-led counterparts. 

“Year-on-year, the amount of funding raised by female CEOs has decreased between 2021 and 2022, both in absolute ($188m in 2022 vs. $290m in 2021) and relative numbers (3.9

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  • Agriculture deals worth $25Mn will be struck next month as investors throng the Kenyan capital for the 6th edition of Africa Agri Expo (AAE) in February 2023. 
  • Over 100 investors and potential business leads in the agriculture value chains from 35+ countries, are keen on setting up businesses and distribution set-ups in Kenya. 
  • The agricultural 2-day event will happen on 8th February to 9th February at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and is designed to provide solutions to Farmers, Agribusiness professionals, Agronomists, Government representatives to improve their yields and revenue. 

Agriculture deals worth $25 million are expected to be struck next month as investors throng the Kenyan capital for the 6th edition of Africa Agri Expo (AAE) in February 2023. 

TAB Group Chief Executive Officer Tahir Bari said over 100 investors and potential business leads in the agriculture value chains from 35+ countries are keen on setting up businesses

  • Serviced office space provider, Workstyle Africa, has announced plans to invest $2 million to open five one-stop-shop entrepreneurship centres and work spaces in East Africa. 
  • The firm has partnered with SNDBX International, a business growth ecosystem, to open the centers.  
  • Each Workstyle location will have a SNDBX wing with more than 20 resident business support experts.  

Serviced office space provider, Workstyle Africa, has announced plans to invest $2 million to open five one-stop-shop entrepreneurship centres and work spaces in East Africa.

The firm has partnered with SNDBX International, a business growth ecosystem, to open the centers aimed giving entrepreneurs and SMEs within these spaces personalized access to round the clock business experts to support their growth.

Workstyle Africa builds and manages beautifully designed, high end, flexible workspaces at competitive pricing, while enabling companies to manage new hybrid-work models and enhancing their employees’ work environment.

“Each Workstyle location will have a

Investment income and higher net premiums contributed to Jubilee’s increased net profit of Sh6.8 billion for the year that ended in December, which was up 67% from the previous year.

As a result of the performance, the company has declared an extraordinary dividend of Sh5 for each share. In addition to its regular dividend of Sh9 per share, the company distributed this amount.

After reaching an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Jubilee’s general insurance businesses, Allianz negotiated a contract with Sanlam Limited of South Africa to establish a joint venture. This agreement may have repercussions for the Kenya-based subsidiaries of both of the aforementioned companies.…

  • Senditoo and Access Forex partner to give clients hassle-free international transfers.
  • The partnership means that Senditoo’s services will be available at approximately 200 payout points across Zimbabwe.
  • As of June 30, 2022, total international remittances amounted to US$1.372 billion, an increase of 23 percent from the US$1.113 billion recorded during the same period in 2021. Of the total amount, diaspora remittances amounted to US$797 million, a 23 percent increase from US$650 million received during the same period in 2021.
  • International remittances comprise transfers by Zimbabweans in the Diaspora and International Organisations.

Senditoo, an international remittance company has partnered with Access Forex to implement an infrastructure that will enable it to process cross-border transactions. Senditoo has been on the move of late and the partnership with Access Forex marks another milestone in the company’s progression into being one of the big players in the remittance space.

The partnership means that Senditoo’s …

  • The rise of 63 billion shillings in dollar deposits, equivalent to 2.1 billion shillings daily
  • wealthy individuals and large corporations looked for a secure location to store their riches in the wake of the uncertainties surrounding the elections
  • The United States Federal Reserve increased interest rates by 0.75 percentage points for a second straight time in July to combat inflation, which contributed to a stronger dollar and a decline in the value of the Kenyan shilling

 

A record number of wealthy individuals and businesses moved a total of Sh63 billion more into dollar accounts during the month of June as they sought to secure the value of their investments in advance of this week’s elections.

As per data provided by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the total value of foreign currency bank deposits in Kenya reached a new all-time high of Sh891.5 billion in June, up from Sh829.50 …

It is expected that the industry, which is generally one of the country’s top suppliers of foreign cash, will earn Sh173 billion this year, which is an increase of 18.5 per cent from the previous year.

Earnings dropped to a total of 88.6 billion shillings (Sh88.6 billion) due to governments all over the world restricting the movement of people, primarily through the closing of airspaces.
The number of hotel nights occupied by Kenyan tourists more than doubled during this period, which contributed to the increase in revenue to 146 billion shillings last year.

Due to the epidemic, local resorts, which typically focus most of their marketing efforts on attracting visitors from other countries, were compelled to cater to vacationers from within their own country by providing discounted room rates.

The number of tourists from different countries was still significantly lower than before the epidemic, reaching slightly under 870,500 in 2018, …

The United Nations (UN) recognises about 180 currencies in the world as legal tender. Have you ever asked yourself which one is the strongest?

The United States (US) dollar has been for decades, used as a fixed-based currency because it’s used in most foreign markets.

The strongest currency, therefore, is one that yields the smallest exchange against the dollar. This means that the strongest currencies are those that are more expensive than the US dollar.…

Vodacom recently agreed to purchase a co-controlling stake in the fibre assets held by Community Investment Ventures Holdings, increasing the competitive pressure on MTN.

MTN has declared that it will withdraw its operations from the Middle East by the end of 2020 to concentrate on the rapidly expanding African market.

According to AJ Snyman, an investment analyst at Peregrine Capital, the chances of the Competition Commission of South Africa approving the merger in its current shape are “nil.” This is the opinion that Snyman held.

“If the merger goes through, MTN and Telkom will have at least a 50 per cent market share in the mobile area, which is certainly a dominant market position,” Snyman said.

MTN would also gain access to Telkom’s valuable 3.2 gigahertz spectrum, which is suitable for 5G and would give it a dominating spectrum holding, he added. This would be advantageous for MTN.…