Fintech startup MooveBeta merges with ImpalaPay to provide a connected economy for Africa

Fintech startup MooveBeta merges with ImpalaPay to provide a connected economy for Africa

Published: 20-05-2022 11:30:30 | By: Pie Kamau | hits: 4768 | Tags:

Adanian Labs Africa incubated fintech startup MooveBeta has announced its merger with ImpalaPay, a fintech blockchain company with operations across 42 African countries and 134 worldwide.

The merger will provide a payment platform that will enable the Pan African and Diaspora communities to transact via e-commerce, social commerce, peer to peer and enterprise using multiple interoperable platforms including mobile money, cards, bank accounts and/or crypto wallets powering over 500 million people.  MooveBeta, an e-commerce and fintech startup that helps users move value simply and easily using a voucher system has been incubated at Adanian Labs for 6 months with a mission to empower consumers with the ability to send micro transactions via mobile money from anywhere on the globe to Africa and intra-Africa. 

ImpalaPay with more than 10 years in operation is a strong B2B payment company responsible for building the first P2P mobile money multi-currency cross border platform with Bharti Airtel in 2014. ImpalaPay has been operating B2B payments on behalf of Airtel and IMT partners across 17 countries in Africa, including an interoperability between Airtel and MTN in Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. ImpalaPay has also executed an interoperability between Airtel with Mpesa, UBA and Africash powering more than 200 million wallets and with over USD 1.8B transactions between 2018 and 2021.

With MSME traders supporting 69% of the African population, the partnership between the two fintech solutions will set MooveBeta on a growth path to deliver differentiated payment solutions for micro transactions in the region and beyond with a first phase roll-out pegged on 17 African countries.

Peris Wanjiru, Co-founder and CEO, MooveBeta: “We are very optimistic to becoming a strong fintech contender in the new financial world in Africa, given that we are blockchain focused in our offering to support the continent’s growing payment demands in a currently fragmented ecosystem. We are building with the future in mind, understanding the evolution and transformative nature of the digitalization movement taking place in the continent.”

Africa has the world's fastest-growing population, and the UN anticipates at least half of the global population growth between now and 2050 will come from the continent. 15% of the sub-Saharan African population is middle class. However, that proportion is steadily increasing in Africa, which is one of the positive indicators for growth. This growth coupled with urbanization has been followed by increased productivity and economic development.

John Mbindyo, Founder and CEO, ImpalaPay: “In the last 10 years of our operations we have seen many accomplishments by African startups in the fintech space. Even though the continent’s youthful, entrepreneurial, and digitally savvy population embraces mobile usage, unfortunately there still is a large unbanked and underbanked population. On the flip side, however, these challenges have provided the perfect opportunities for companies like ours to be innovative and disruptive. Across the continent, this particular sector of the population (banked and unbanked) who have historically been left out by conventional institutions, are now looking to alternative innovations for their financial solutions. And this is what we are here to address through this merger with MooveBeta.”

According to multiple research the payment and remittance space accounts for one of the most sought-after segments with a 30% growth in startup companies in the last 4 years. “As fintech innovators we aim to spur financial inclusion by solving some of the difficulties experienced by businesses and individuals alike - such as money transfers, savings and investment, payment and access to credit. Through this partnership we will be contributing immensely to the transformation of Africa’s financial trajectory,” further stated Mbindyo.

Since it’s inception in March 2020, Adanian labs has provided a launchpad for 40+ startups in 5 countries where it has a presence, creating unmatched opportunities in the African tech startup space. Of the first cohort of 14 startups incubated by Adanian Labs, five have raised $ 7X seed funding, including the lab itself, which highlights Adanian’s ‘Camel Theory’, as it strives to become the leading borderless Africa tech venture studio. The new cohort of 26 startups started in March 2022 in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria and South Africa.

John Kamara, Co-founder and CEO, Adanian Labs: “Adanian Labs is creating unprecedented opportunities for tech startups on the continent.  From access to funding and investors, training and mentorship, to go to market strategies and launch pads with key infrastructure we have been able to offer the startups under the Adanian Lab’s umbrella opportunities that would be almost impossible to access otherwise. This merger between our startup MooveBeta and industry B2B Fintech leader ImpalaPay to build a connected financial ecosystem across Africa and the diaspora is a gamechanger in the new financial world.” 

With this kind of targeted de-risked support, hand holding and guidance from the lab to African startups and young tech-preneurs, the merger of ImpalaPay and MooveBeta promises to be just one in a long line of incredible African startup merger and acquisition stories.