GRASP fellowship invests in African women researchers
The Kenyan women, and others selected for the GRASP Fellowship, are set to participate in a series of interventions, including leadership and mentoring training, designed to enable them to become more effective policy practitioners
Insurtech startup Turaco and Airtel Money launch low-cost hospital cash insurance product in Uganda
Kenyan and Ugandan insurtech startup Turaco, has partnered with Airtel Mobile and Prudential Assurance to launch a low-cost hospital cash insurance product with Funeral Benefit.
Plesion Capital invests $500,000 funding in Ugandan fintech platform Xeno
Plesion Capital announced its formation as a social impact venture capital firm focused on partnering with mission-based entrepreneurs and companies to combat poverty around the world.
Kenyan fintech startup Tanda announces agency banking entry in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania
Kenyan fintech startup Tanda announced plans for agency banking entry in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania to accelerate growth within the East African markets.
Ugandan agritech startup Inputi receives investment to boost inputs distribution
Ugandan agritech startup Inputi announced it received an investment funding to boost inputs distribution across the country.
Ugandan fintech startup Tugende raises $10m pre-Series B funding to increase portfolio growth
Tugende, the innovative fintech platform for MSME credit and asset-financing in East Africa, closed in Q2 pre-Series B equity funding from existing shareholders led by Partech and two new investors, including Women’s World Banking.
Kenyan startup Kyosk Digital expands to Uganda
Kyosk Digital Services aims to address some of the challenges that vendors of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) go through in sourcing products and restocking their outlets.
Uganda’s digital lending startup Numida raises $12.3 million funding to grow offerings
Uganda's Digital Lender Numida has secured a $12.3 million pre-Series A round of equity and debt funding to help it expand its team and move into new markets.
Uganda entrepreneurs bet on fish project to boost incomes
To help communities reduce their post-harvest losses and access a more reliable supply of processed fish products.
Ugandan fintech platform Tugende closes pre-Series B investment round to accelerate growth
Tugende, the East African fintech platform providing asset financing and digital services to small businesses, announced it has raised a pre-Series B investment round led by current shareholder Partech Africa.
Ugandan fintech startup Eversend rebrands, announces new features
Eversend, a Ugandan fintech startup providing cross-border money transfers for Africans and Africans in the diaspora has rebranded, to reinforce its commitment to users with an all-inclusive payment platform and a modified look to support this transition.
Uganda is the happiest country in East Africa, Happiness Index
Uganda topped the position as the happiest country in the East African Region while Tanzania dropped further to position 139 compared to position 94 the previous year.
Bank of Uganda grants Yo-Uganda Limited Payment System Operator License
Among the provisions of the National Payment Systems Act, 2020 is a requirement for all payment system operators to apply for and qualify for licensing after having satisfied a meticulous process applied by the Central Bank.
Toronto-based mobility startup Treepz expands to East Africa, acquires Uganda's Ugabus
In a bid to digitize the public transportation system and provide safer, reliable and comfortable commute options across Africa, Toronto-based shared mobility company Treepz, announced its acquisition of a similar Ugandan bus company Ugabus.
afriQloud and whitesky.cloud have put the foundation in place for a federated EMEA cloud infrastructure
In partnership with the European company whitesky.cloud, afriQloud has designed a completely new architecture for affordable and local cloud services.
Ugandan fintech startup Fin-e Innovations raises $300,000 to bridge funding gap of African energy SMEs
Fin-e Innovations, a fintech start-up based in Uganda, has closed pre-seed funding of $300,000 from an undisclosed party in the United States.
Legatum Center launches inaugural Legatum Foundry Fellowship for entrepreneurs in Africa
At an inflection point in their entrepreneurial journeys, Fellows will learn from MIT faculty, connect with investors, and expand their network of peer innovators.
[Startup Interview] Marvin Akankwasa, CEO, Social Lend Africa, Uganda
Social Lend Africa is a Uganda-based financial technology company that facilitates transactions between micro-lenders and small business owners on its web and mobile app
Insurtech startup OKO raises $1.2m to bring innovative insurance to smallholder farmers across Africa
OKO, an insurtech startup that provides inclusive agricultural insurance to secure farmers’ income across Africa, closed a seed investment round of $1.2 million, led by Newfund and ResiliAnce.
Verdant Capital raises $9.9 million financing for East African tech enabled MSME lender Tugende
Pan African specialist investment financial institution Verdant Capital has raised $9.9 million Series A equity capital for Tugende, a technology enabled MSME lender in East Africa.
Insurtech startup Curacel secures $450K pre-seed funding to drive insurance inclusion in Africa
Curacel, an AI-powered platform for claims processing and fraud management in Africa, raised a $450,000 pre-seed funding in a round led by Atlantica Ventures and Consonance.
[Startup Interview] Prof.Yakubu Makeri, Founder, ICYDT, Uganda
International Center for Youth Development on Technopreneurship, ICYDT, is a Uganda startup working on skills development and reduction of poverty among the youth using information technology. The institution’s founder Prof. Yakubu Makeri explains the startup’s business model and plans to launch an online university.
[Startup Interview] Ian Sendagala, CEO, eFoods Trade, Uganda
eFoods Trade is an African online B2B marketplace connecting African foods to the global markets. The platform targets food importers, exporters, distributors, and manufacturers. Ian Sendagala the CEO explains.
[Startup Interview] Julius Masaba, Co-Founder, Ablestate, Uganda
Ablestate, a Ugandan startup works with businesses to point them to the right software developers while offering digital training to institutions of higher learning. In the process the startup is addresings youth unemployment in the East African nation.
[Startup Interview] Gyaviira Tumushabe, Co-Founder, Firm Tours and Safaris, Uganda
Gyaviira Tumushabe is a co-founder of Firm Tours and Safaris, a tourism startup based in Uganda. It offers services include wildlife safaris, mountain gorilla tracking, city tours, organized group tours, school tours cultural and religious tours, all arranged and operated within the bounds of Uganda.
[Startup Interview] Ancel Bwire, CEO, Ancywax, Uganda
Ancywax is a research, media and marketing startup domiciled in Uganda’s capital Kampala that has since 2014 been offering clients a cocktail of services from idea to implementation through a model dubbed Concept Development. Ancel Bwire the CEO elaborates about the startup’s business model and plans moving forward.