Archive for July 2016

Africa’s Making New Apps for Old Phones to Tap Google Blind Spot

Africa’s Making New Apps for Old Phones to Tap Google Blind Spot

Africa’s startups are seizing an opportunity they say Google and Apple Inc. have missed — making apps for non-smartphones.
In a region where the average customer doesn’t own a smartphone or a bank card, hundreds of millions of people do use some kind of basic phone. That’s prompting developers to build no-frills text-based apps, keeping data [...]

VC firms invest $200m in UK tech start-ups after Brexit vote

VC firms invest $200m in UK tech start-ups after Brexit vote

Global venture capital firms have made dozens of investments in Britain’s start-up technology companies in recent weeks, despite the UK voting to leave the EU, according to a new report out today.
Data collected this month by the investment database Pitchbook for London & Partners, the promotional body for the London Mayor’s office, shows UK tech [...]

Santander doubles investment in fintech fund to US$200m

Santander doubles investment in fintech fund to US$200m

LONDON, July 19 (IFR) - Santander has doubled investment in its two-year-old fund for financial technology firms, one of a variety of moves by banks to give them an edge in spotting the latest “fintech” to emerge.
Santander said it will put another US$100m into Santander InnoVentures in a second round of funding, taking its investment [...]

London Fintech Week Opens Next Week as UK Fintech Investment Slows

London Fintech Week Opens Next Week as UK Fintech Investment Slows

The annual London Fintech Week will open on Monday with Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor for Business, kicking off the event. London is well recognized as perhaps the leading Fintech hub in the world so it is interesting to note the gathering takes place as Fintech investment slows in the UK but surges elsewhere.
According to numbers [...]

Deutsche Börse créé une plate-forme de capital de risque #Fintech et #blockchain

Cette nouvelle plate-forme “DB1 Ventures” doit favoriser des investissements stratégiques dans les fintech et la blockchain.
L’équipe de DB1 Ventures sera principalement basée à Francfort et entreprendra de nouveaux investissements ainsi la gestion active des participations existantes minoritaires de Deutsche Börse.
Alors que Deutsche Börse a déjà réalisé plusieurs investissements stratégiques à un stade précoce et dans [...]

Africa offers tremendous investment opportunities

Africa offers tremendous opportunities for investment. This was the overarching theme of the 6th annual Africa Investors’ Conference (AIC), hosted by Standard Bank and ICBC Standard Bank in London recently.
South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan re-enforced this in his engagement with investors attending the AIC when he said: “Africa still offers opportunities for investment.”
He said [...]

Save, 2016 (excellent article de partage d’expérience)

Save, 2016 (excellent article de partage d’expérience)

Je n’ai pas beaucoup dormi la veille. Les jours précédents non plus. En fait, ça fait 3 mois que je ne dors pas beaucoup. C’est qu’il faut énormément travailler pour solidement et rapidement restructurer une entreprise.
Pourquoi 3 mois alors que nous rentrons tout juste en redressement judiciaire? Parce que cela fait 3 mois que nous [...]

Here’s how UK fintech’s rallying action in a post-Brexit no-man’s land

Here's how UK fintech's rallying action in a post-Brexit no-man's land

London’s fintech industry is rallying to action after the vote for Brexit in a bid to alleviate the fears of startups, along with their investors and supporters, over issues such as capital, market access and talent.
The industry is already formulating a plan in the face of overwhelming uncertainty and a lack of clarification from political [...]

Le britannique CDC investit 50 millions d’euros dans Africa Internet Group

Le britannique CDC investit 50 millions d’euros dans Africa Internet Group

L’institution britannique de financement du développement est entrée au capital du spécialiste du commerce en ligne, promoteur de la plateforme Jumia, très présente sur le continent. CDC Group rejoint l’assureur français Axa, la banque américaine Goldman Sachs et l’opérateur télécoms MTN au capital d’Africa Internet Group.
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East Africa: Smart Telecom Joins East Africa’s Mobile Banking

East Africa: Smart Telecom Joins East Africa's Mobile Banking

Smart Telecom last week launched its mobile money service SMART PESA on to the Uganda market making it the latest telecom company to join East Africa growing mobile banking sector.
“Smart is one of the most innovative telecom companies in the market today. Just as we created a revolution in the data bundle market by providing [...]