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Morenike Fajemisin

Morenike Fajemisin

Morenike is a leading figure in the world of health tech, with a passion for digital health innovation.

She is the Founder and CEO of Whispa Health, a startup leveraging technology to tackle healthcare challenges. With a deep passion for improving women’s healthcare access and outcomes, Morenike has dedicated her career to making a tangible difference in this vital field.

 

With her innovative mindset and expertise in digital health strategies, Morenike has emerged as a driving force in the industry. As the Founder of Whispa Health, she has spearheaded the development of a visionary health tech company on a mission to improve the lives of women by providing them with easy access to comprehensive healthcare resources, breaking down barriers and ensuring no woman is left behind.

Through her visionary leadership, Morenike is paving the way for a future where women have access to high-quality healthcare services, regardless of their location or circumstances. Her innovative solutions and commitment to inclusivity are transforming the landscape of women’s healthcare, promising a brighter and healthier future for all.

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The Financial Times has released its list of the top 20 fastest growing companies in Africa for 2024.
MTN Rwanda is taking a groundbreaking step towards environmental responsibility with the launch of the nation’s first-ever paper-based, biodegradable SIM cards, dubbed “bioSIMs.”
d.light, a company providing essential household products and financing to low-income communities, has announced a project to equip Ugandan refugee camps with solar home systems.
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 Oumar Basse

Oumar Basse

Oumar Basse is a Senegalese tech entrepreneur democratizing last-mile delivery in Africa.

He is the Co-Founder and CEO of YOBANTE EXPRESS, an African-based company solving the biggest problem in Africa – the last-mile delivery in upcoming markets. The startup has created a marketplace to connect local couriers with local commerce to optimize domestic and cross-border last-mile delivery.

 

Basse’s Yobante Express is the first logistics start-up in Africa to leverage informal domestic shipment form with a technology platform that enables complete trackability and customer service and reduces the prospect of lost or damaged merchandise.

Basse is no stranger to entrepreneurship, having previously founded several tech ventures, including Nano Air. His strong entrepreneurial spirit has seen him win several accolades, including being named the Best Emerging Entrepreneur in Africa.

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Did you know that over 525 million people used the internet in Africa in 2019? If current growth trends continue, almost 75% of Africans are expected to come online by 2030.
The Financial Times has released its list of the top 20 fastest growing companies in Africa for 2024.
MTN Rwanda is taking a groundbreaking step towards environmental responsibility with the launch of the nation’s first-ever paper-based, biodegradable SIM cards, dubbed “bioSIMs.”
d.light, a company providing essential household products and financing to low-income communities, has announced a project to equip Ugandan refugee camps with solar home systems.
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iSchool: The Egyptian EdTech Startup Bridging Educational Gaps and Empowering Students

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iSchool: The Egyptian EdTech Startup Bridging Educational Gaps and Empowering Students.

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Founded in 2018, iSchool is on a mission to revolutionize the educational landscape in Egypt and empower students through innovative digital solutions.

Founded in 2018, iSchool is on a mission to revolutionize the educational landscape in Egypt and empower students through innovative digital solutions. With a deep understanding of the challenges faced by students and educators, iSchool has emerged as a leading force in bridging educational gaps and transforming the way learning takes place.

 

iSchool’s primary objective is to provide quality education to students regardless of their socio-economic background or geographical location.

The startup addresses the prevailing educational disparities by leveraging technology and delivering comprehensive and accessible learning experiences. Recognizing the need for interactive and engaging educational resources, iSchool has developed a suite of digital tools, including online courses, educational videos, interactive quizzes, and personalized learning platforms.

By harnessing the power of technology, iSchool aims to make learning enjoyable, personalized, and accessible to all students, creating a level playing field for education in Egypt.

 

One of the critical gaps that iSchool addresses is the lack of access to quality education in underserved areas.

Through its online platforms, iSchool ensures that students in remote regions access the same high-quality educational resources as their counterparts in urban areas.

 

This approach helps bridge the educational divide, providing equal opportunities for all students to learn, grow, and succeed academically.

Since its inception, iSchool has achieved remarkable milestones in transforming education in Egypt. Looking ahead, iSchool continues to evolve and expand its offerings, exploring new avenues to enhance the educational experience for students.

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COOKO, an innovative Cameroonian AgTech startup, has raised $872,000 to revolutionize the country’s cocoa value chain

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COOKO, an innovative Cameroonian AgTech startup has raised $872,000 to revolutionize the country's cocoa value chain

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COOKO, an innovative AgTech startup based in Cameroon, has raised $872,000 in pre-seed funding to revolutionize the country’s cocoa value chain.

The funding round, led by a US family office, will see COOKO bring about significant advancements and sustainability in Cameroon’s cocoa industry.

COOKO aims to address critical challenges cocoa farmers face in Cameroon, including low productivity, supply chain inefficiencies, and climate change’s adverse impact.

With this recent investment, the startup plans to deploy cutting-edge technologies and implement sustainable practices to transform how cocoa is grown, harvested, processed, and marketed. COOKO’s innovative approach involves leveraging technology, data analytics, and precision farming techniques to optimize cocoa cultivation. The startup plans to provide farmers with access to crucial data and insights that can enhance crop management, improve yield, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Additionally, COOKO plans to establish a digital platform that connects cocoa farmers directly with buyers, eliminating intermediaries and ensuring fair prices for their produce. 

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Shop Zetu, a fast-growing fashion marketplace based in Kenya, has raised $1 million in pre-seed funding to fuel its Africa expansion plans

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Shop Zetu, a fast-growing fashion marketplace based in Kenya has raised $1 million in pre-seed funding to fuel its Africa expansion plans

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Shop Zetu, a fast-growing fashion marketplace based in Kenya, has secured $1 million in pre-seed funding to fuel its ambitious expansion plans across Africa.

The funding round was led by Chui Ventures, with participation from Launch Africa Ventures, Roselake Ventures, and Logos Ventures. Notable angel investors who also contributed to the funding include Kendall Tang (CEO of RT Knits Ltd), Ben M. (co-founder and CEO of Nadine West), Sumit Bhasin (The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.), Patricia Ithau (CEO of WPP Scangroup), and Peter Njonjo (co-founder and CEO of Twiga Foods).

Shop Zetu’s latest round of investment marks a significant milestone for the company as it aims to revolutionize the fashion e-commerce landscape in the region. Founded in 2021, Shopzetu’s online platform connects fashion-conscious consumers with a wide range of trendy and affordable clothing, footwear, accessories, and beauty products.

 

The marketplace has gained popularity for its curated selection, convenient shopping experience, and reliable delivery services. With a focus on democratizing fashion and empowering local designers and vendors, Shopzetu has positioned itself as a platform that showcases and promotes African fashion and creativity.

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Kubik, a pioneering startup specializing in plastic waste upcycling, secures $3.34 million to promote sustainable practices across Africa

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Kubik, a pioneering startup specializing in plastic waste upcycling, secures $3.34 millionto promote sustainable practices across Africa

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Kubik, Inc., a pioneering African startup specializing in plastic waste upcycling, has secured $3.34 million in funding.

The investment aims to position Kubik as a leader in combating plastic pollution and promoting sustainable practices across Africa. The funding round was led by prominent venture capital firms, including Plug and Play Tech Center, BESTSELLER FOUNDATION, GIIG Africa Fund, Satgana, Unruly Capital, Savannah Fund, African Renaissance Partners, LLC, Kazana Fund, Princeton Alumni Angels, and Andav Capital.

 

Kubik’s unique upcycling process involves transforming post-consumer plastic waste into valuable and sustainable products. Founded in 2021, the startup repurposes plastic waste into building materials, furniture, and consumer goods. The latest funding round will enable Kubik to expand its operations, invest in research and development, and scale up its production capabilities.

The investment will also support establishing collection networks to ensure a steady supply of plastic waste and foster partnerships with local communities, waste management organizations, and government entities.

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Senegal gets $50 million from World Bank to digitize its healthcare system

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Senegal gets $50 million from World Bank to digitize its healthcare system

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The investment aims to modernize healthcare services, improve access to quality care and foster digital transformation in the country’s healthcare sector.

Senegal has secured $50 million in funding from the World Bank to accelerate the digitization of its healthcare system.

The funding, provided through the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), will support Senegal’s efforts to leverage technology and innovation to enhance healthcare delivery and strengthen health information systems.

 

The digital transformation of Senegal’s healthcare system will involve adopting electronic health records, telemedicine services, digital diagnostics, and other digital solutions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery. Technology integration is expected to streamline processes, reduce administrative burdens, and enable better coordination and communication among healthcare providers. With the funding, Senegal aims to improve access to healthcare services, particularly in remote and underserved areas. By leveraging digital tools, the country seeks to bridge the gap in healthcare access and ensure that all citizens, regardless of their location, have access to quality care.

 

The investment will also enhance data management and analytics capabilities, allowing healthcare providers and policymakers to make informed decisions based on real-time data. The digitization of health records will enable better monitoring of health trends, disease surveillance, and implementation of evidence-based healthcare policies. Senegal’s efforts to digitize its healthcare system align with the country’s broader development goals, as outlined in its national digital transformation and healthcare reform strategies.

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CrossBoundary Energy Raises $50 Million to Accelerate Clean and Reliable Power for African Businesses

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CrossBoundary Energy Raises $50 Million to Accelerate Clean and Reliable Power for African Businesses

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CrossBoundary Energy, a leading provider of clean energy solutions in Africa, has secured $50 million in funding to accelerate the deployment of clean and reliable power solutions for businesses across the African continent.
 

CrossBoundary Energy specializes in developing and operating distributed solar energy projects for commercial and industrial clients. By offering solar-as-a-service, the company eliminates the upfront costs and operational complexities associated with traditional energy systems. This approach enables businesses to access clean and reliable power, reduce their carbon footprint, and lower energy costs, boosting their competitiveness and sustainability.

 

The $50 million investment will support CrossBoundary Energy’s ambitious plans to expand its project pipeline, reach new markets, and deepen its impact across the continent. With this funding, the company aims to accelerate the deployment of solar energy systems, providing businesses with a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional power sources. With Africa’s energy demand projected to rise significantly in the coming years, the need for scalable and sustainable power solutions has never been more critical.

CrossBoundary Energy’s $50 million funding injection will play a vital role in addressing this challenge and driving the continent towards a more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure

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Nkiru Amadi-Emina

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Nkiru Amadi-Emina

Amadi-Emina is a Nigerian fintech entrepreneur with a mission to create a one-stop shop for financial services for SMEs and supply chain businesses.

One of her notable endeavors includes her founding of Pivo Africa, a startup dedicated to providing financial services to underserved communities in Africa.

Founded in 2021, Pivo is an all-in-one financial services platform for SME vendors – logistics and transport, suppliers, and wholesale distributors – that operate within large supply chains.

In 2022, Nkiru and her Pivo co-founder Ijeoma became the first all-female founded team Y-Combinator has backed in Nigeria.

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