We’ve all seen the numbers. $4.9 billion. $1 million raised every two hours. 250% growth. Africa’s venture ecosystem is accelerating faster than the global market — but is the boom just hype? What’s behind this ‘sudden’ increase in startup funding on the continent?

The inflection point

Like all overnight successes, momentum has been…

The untapped venture debt opportunity

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The search for yield continues. The prevailing low-interest rate environment has driven down banks’ profit margins on traditional assets, compounded by increased competition from disruptive lending entrants. As the effects of COVID-19 put pressure on traditional corporate and consumer lending, financial institutions are being forced back to the drawing board…

The untapped venture debt opportunity

The search for yield continues. The prevailing low-interest rate environment has driven down banks’ profit margins on traditional assets, compounded by increased competition from disruptive lending entrants. As the effects of COVID-19 put pressure on traditional corporate and consumer lending, financial institutions are being forced back to the drawing board…

The rise of African fintech has been nothing short of revolutionary. Over the past decade, emerging startups have leapfrogged local banks by providing deposit, transaction and lending services to otherwise unbanked individuals. Disruptive business models have rewritten the rules of the financial services industry − redefining finance as an enabler

Nicole Dunn

Strategist, writer, and venture builder; passionate about impactful innovation in emerging markets

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