Over the past seven years, Victor Mapunga has been involved in several digital projects. Since 2018, he has been promoting the use of digital identities through FlexID Technologies.

Victor Mapunga (photo) is a Zimbabwean serial entrepreneur, software developer, and CEO of FlexID Technologies, a blockchain startup promoting the use of digital technologies. Through FlexID, the young tech entrepreneur has already served several clients in Africa and Asia. For instance, last year, he provided digital identities to 50,000 patients in Zimbabwe in the framework of a program initiated by healthtech Ubuntu Clinics to improve care and follow-up for its users. 

For Mapunga, “harnessing the power of technology in the healthcare sector is paramount in driving cost down and most importantly improving patient outcomes.”  

The serial entrepreneur has an extensive and diversified entrepreneurship career. In 2014, he founded GreyMarge Investments to invest in technology, finance, healthcare, logistics, and infrastructure. Months later, he launched an edtech, iLearnfb. In May 2017, he co-founded JustBuy ZW, a mobile app allowing users to post classified ads.  

With multiple certifications in technology entrepreneurship earned in the U.S. and the U.K., the Zimbabwean entrepreneur is determined to use digital technologies to foster economic and social development in Africa.  

That drive earned him a spot in the World Economic Forum's 2021 cohort of technology pioneers and opened for him doors to international meetings such as the Blockchain Africa Conference where he was invited to speak last year. He will participate again in 2023. 

Melchior Koba

Posted On vendredi, 20 mai 2022 20:27 Written by

At the end of his University studies, Perseus Mlambo wanted to pursue a legal career but his entrepreneurial drive took the lead, taking him to the African fintech segment. With Union54, he intends to shorten settlement time and decentralize payment card issuance.  

Zambian tech entrepreneur Perseus Mlambo (photo) is the co-founder of Union54, a fintech startup decentralizing the issuance of virtual and physical payment cards. Thanks to its API, the startup allows firms to issue branded payment cards without third-party processors or banks. 

He launched Union54 in 2021, with Alessandra Martini, to help SMEs easily offer added-value services (loyalty, discount, or credit cards) to their clients. He wants to save them from the painstaking processes he went through to issue debit cards for Zazu, the startup he founded in 2015 to help clients better manage their income. 

Perseus is an LLB graduate from Nottingham Law School. He is also a former Ethics Office Support Staff at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He estimates that it is important to create an alternative debit card issuing network to reduce Africa’s dependence on foreign solutions. With the foreign solutions currently used, Africa can be affected by political decisions and sanctions, he believes.

In April 2022, his startup raised US$12 million in a seed extension round led by Tiger Global. Participating investors included Vibe VC, Earl Grey Capital, and Packy McCormick’s Not Boring Capital. With the proceeds, Union54 will expand its coverage. Currently, the startup claims more than 500,000 virtual cards issued and hours saved for its users.  

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Posted On mercredi, 18 mai 2022 14:07 Written by

His about ten years of professional experience with an end-to-end solution provider in the utility industry prepared him for the tasks ahead. With Pylon, he wants to end losses and frauds in the utility industry. 

Ahmed Ashour (photo, right) is an Egyptian entrepreneur, co-founder, and CEO of Pylon, a startup helping utility companies fight frauds. 

Co-founded in 2017 with Omar Mohamed Radi (photo, left), Pylon is a smart public infrastructure management startup, which collects data, analyzes them, and pinpoints places where there is possibly theft or production loss in the supply network. It also helps automatizes the invoicing process, mitigating errors and financial losses for utility companies. 

With Pylon, Ahmed Ashour wants to reduce water loss by 22% in emerging markets -currently, emerging markets lose more than 45 million metric cubes of water daily- and help provide water to more than 40 million people and reduce CO2 emissions by one gigaton by 2035. 

To fulfill those ambitions, the tech entrepreneur secured US$19 million from angel investors, investment funds, and venture capitalists. Thanks to the funds secured, his startup will enter new markets apart from its current ones, which are namely Egypt and the Philipines. He specifically targets emerging markets in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. 

Asour has over ten years of professional experience in the utility industry. After his Bachelor of business administration from the American University in Cairo, in 2009, he climbed up the ladder in that industry up till 2018.

Almost all of his professional career was spent with El Sewedy Electrometer Group, a provider of end-to-end metering solutions and services to water, electricity, and gas companies. He held several positions including sales and marketing director. 

In 2016, while still working for El Sewedy Electrometer Group, Asour became a director of the board of Prime Alliance AISBL, an alliance that supports the development of smart metering and grid solutions. In 2021, he was one of the participants of the Y Combinator accelerator’s S21 cohort. 

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Posted On mardi, 17 mai 2022 15:57 Written by

In about eight years, he succeeded in making Farmerline a choice partner for Ghanaian smallholder farmers. His ambition is to do the same in the whole of Africa in the coming years.

Ghanaian entrepreneur Alloysius Attah (photo, left) is the co-founder and CEO of AgTech Farmerline. Co-founded in 2013 with Emmanuel Owusu Addai (photo, left), his startup supports farmers’ growth and performance with a combination of digital and logistics tools. It specifically improves farmers’ access to market information, farm inputs, and funds. 

The tech entrepreneur graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2012, with a BSc in Natural Resource Management.  In 2021, he obtained the Standford Seed Transformation Program Certificate from the Standford University Graduate School of Business. 

Thanks to Farmerline, Alloysius Attah was one of the seven finalists for the 2014 Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards. In 2015, he was a guest lecturer at the Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows Program, Cornell University, New York. The same year, his dynamism secured Farmerline a spot in the European Union’s CTA Top 20 Innovations that Benefit Smallholder Farmers. In November 2021, the young entrepreneur was one of the speakers invited to the  Bloomberg New Economy Forum organized under the theme “Feeding the World: Agriculture and the Health of the Planet.” 

In about eight years, he succeeded in making Farmerline a choice partner for Ghanaian smallholder farmers. His ambition is to do the same in the whole of Africa in the coming years. For that purpose, in April 2022, he secured US$12.9 million in pre-Series A funding. US$6.4 million was invested by Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund, Greater Impact Foundation, and Dutch Development Bank FMO. The remaining US$6.5 million was secured as debt participation from DEG, Rabobank, Ceniarth, Rippleworks, Mulago Foundation, Whole Planet Foundation, Netri Foundation, and Kiva. 

“With this new investment, we will scale the AI capabilities within Farmerline’s Mergdata platform to help increase the income of farmers and agribusinesses; supporting them to access farm inputs; supplying them with assets such as tricycles, tractors, and threshers; and connecting them to global markets,” Mr. Attah said. The startup also plans to deepen its relations with Ivorian partners. 

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Posted On lundi, 16 mai 2022 16:21 Written by

Mohamed Ali launched a food tech to reduce the prevalence of obesity and promote healthy food and dietary habits. Initially, his startup was operating in Egypt but with the funds he raised recently, the entrepreneur intends to expand operations into the MENA region. 

Mohamed Ali (photo) is an Egyptian entrepreneur and founder of, a foodtech promoting healthy shopping. Founded in 2018, the startup offers food and dietary items, delivery services, and dietary counseling via its website, and mobile apps. 

It was launched to improve the population’s health and reduce obesity prevalence, which has been rising in Egypt since 2017.  Its ambition is to become the choice destination for athletes, fitness professionals, sick people, and even individuals who need quality and healthy food items adapted to their individual needs and lifestyle. 

We aim to become the dominant one-stop-shop for the whole health community in Egypt and expand into Mena regions; including chronic diseases and obesity by providing a holistic healthy lifestyle app,” the founder explains. 

The latter spent his whole professional career in the e-commerce industry. In 2010, some months after securing a BSc in Accounting, Mohamed Ali joined Edfa3ly, a platform that allows users to buy goods from the U.S. and get them delivered to Egypt. He launched after leaving Edfa3ly. 

In January 2022, he secured seed investment from AUC Angels, UI Investment & individual Angel Investors to expand the startup’s client base and upgrade its infrastructure for “higher-order volume and revenues.” 

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Posted On vendredi, 13 mai 2022 17:58 Written by

In just seven years, Karim Beguir has transformed InstaDeep into an international AI reference. With the support of renowned investors and partners, he wants to enter new markets and sectors. 

Karim Beguir (photo) is a Tunisian entrepreneur and Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning. With his high school friend Zohra Slim, he founded InstaDeep, an artificial intelligence startup that develops smart solutions to facilitate decision-making.  

Within seven years, the startup founded in 2014 has gone intercontinental with offices in Paris, Tunis, Lagos, Dubai, London, Cape Town, and the USA recently.  To upgrade its infrastructure and attract new talents, it raised US$100 million in a Series B round led by Alpha Intelligence Capital and CBIB. Participating investors included Google, Deutsche Bahn, and BioNTech. 

For Karim Beguir, InstaDeep aimed to show that Tunisians can create cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies and conquer the African AI market.  The co-founder is a science graduate. In 2003, he graduated from the French academic institution École Polytechnique with an Engineering diploma in applied mathematics and economy. In 2003, he graduated from New York University with an MSc in Applied Mathematics and Finance. With InstaDepp, he bagged several recognitions, was invited to international AI conferences, and collaborated with well-known firms.  In 2017, InstaDeep was named one of the 20 Intriguing Global Startups to Watch by PCMag. The same year, it signed a partnership with Intel’s AI Builders and became an NVIDIA inception member. 

About two years later, the startup published a joint research paper with Google’s DeppMind. In 2020, Karim Beguir announced a strategic collaboration with biotechnology company BioNTech and the creation of an AI innovation lab for the development of Novel Immunotherapies.  

For two years, 2020 and 2021, InstaDeep was in CBInsights’ AI100 ranking, which showcases the world's most innovative AI companies. Last year, it became an NVIDIA Elite Service Delivery Partner. 

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Posted On jeudi, 12 mai 2022 16:38 Written by

With over ten years of professional experience in the accounting sector, Babatunde Akin-Moses knows quite well the challenges faced by SMEs in their search for bank loans. Sycamore was launched to address some of those challenges. 

Babatunde Akin-Moses (photo) is a Nigerian entrepreneur and co-founder of risk assessment startup 

Co-founded in 2019 with Onyinye Okonji and Mayowa Adeosin, the startup allows access to quick and collateral-free personal loans via its web and mobile platform available on PlayStore and AppStore.  Through the web and mobile app, users can also lend to friends and families and automatically collect their dues at specified amortization dates.  

Sycamore was launched to allow SMEs access to credit since they are usually unable to borrow from banks due to stringent conditions. 

“...If you are in other countries, once you have a job, you can easily get a mortgage. But here in Nigeria, even if you are working, you need to be working for an upstream oil and gas firm or basically earning a lot of money before you can access a significant credit facility without having to present a landed property as collateral. You can see how that’s a major problem in a country where there are 100 million poor people,” explains co-founder and CEO Babatunde Akin-Moses. 

As the CEO of, Babatunde Akin-Moses completed a seed-funding round whose amount was not disclosed. With the proceeds, the startup will build awareness in the Nigerian market where it is the only startup in the peer-to-peer lending segment. It will also invest in financial education, boost its human resources and expand to other African countries.  

The co-founder holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School. His professional career started in 2010 with a business analyst position at Shell Nigeria. One year later, he joined KPMG as a tax analyst. In 2014, he was hired by PwC as a tax consultant and then as a Tax academy deputy.  After five years with PwC, he was recruited by Pezesha as a finance and strategy manager. He left four months later to co-found Sycamore. He is also a member of the board of  Profiliant Development Resources, a B2B sales, and marketing consultancy firm. 

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Posted On mercredi, 11 mai 2022 16:05 Written by

Over the past ten years, François de Wet has sharpened his expertise through various professional experiences. With his online Wamly, he extended his reach to a wider range of business leaders who are intent on surrounding themselves with qualified staff. 

François de Wet (photo) is a South African registered Industrial and organizational (I/O) psychologist. In 2018, he founded Wamly, the startup which developed an eponymous one-way interview software to ease recruitment processes. 

With Wamly, firms can organize many interviews at the same time without mobilizing personnel. All they have to do is to create interview questions and send them to multiple applicants who will record a video of themselves answering the interview questions. That video is then sent to the interview panel, which will review it whenever they want. 

According to François de Wet, “companies run because of people. People are the most valuable piece of the puzzle in any business.” So, “it should make sense that we place a high value on the process that we are using to find and retain these people,” he adds.

 Wamly is the result of years of experience accumulated in human resources consulting by its founder. As a trained industrial and organizational psychologist, he knows quite well how to make firms more efficient. 

In 2012, he graduated from North-West University, Potchefstroom, with a Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial and organizational psychology. Months before his graduation, he “completed vacation work as a vocational consultant at EXXARO HQ, a human resources consultancy firm in Pretoria. 

He later joined another human resource consultancy firm, Top Talent Solutions, where he spent over five years in various positions. 

In 2018, he left Top Talent Solutions to create the talent intelligence platformTalent Insights and Wamly. The one-way interview platform is now used by large firms to save time.  

The next stage for Wamly is to enter additional African markets and ultimately export the solution out of continental borders. For that purpose, in January 2022, the startup raised a series B financing of an undisclosed amount from Knife Capital. 

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Posted On mardi, 10 mai 2022 17:35 Written by

SeamlesHR is positively impacting Nigerian firms’ performance since its creation in 2018. It boosts their efficiency by streamlining their human resources management process. 

Emmanuel Okeleji (photo) is a Nigerian investment banker, medical doctor, and serial entrepreneur. Through SeamlessHR, the startup he co-founded in 2018 with Deji Lana, he helps firms streamline their human resources and payroll management processes.

With its eponymous cloud platform, SeamlessHR allows firms to track applications, onboard employees, track performances and attendance, manage payroll, leave and skill development. In short, the cloud platform saves firms precious time. For instance, the firms can administer recruitment tests and carry out interviews remotely. So, there is no need for applicants and recruiters to be physically present for tests. 

The core modules of the platform include Tracking System (ATS), Employee Onboarding, Payroll, Leave Management, Performance Management, Talent Management, Succession & Workforce Planning, Time & Attendance Management, and Learning & Development.

As a trained medical doctor, Mr. Emmanuel graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria, in 2011. Three years into his medical studies, in 2007, he co-funded Waressence, a software development firm. Six years later, in 2013, he also co-founded, a Nigeran job aggregator. 

Apart from his entrepreneurship career, Emmanuel Okeleji also has an extensive professional career. In 2011, he worked in the Investment Banking Division and Securities Division of UK investment banker Goldman Sachs. The following year, he joined the staff of St.Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, as a resident physician.   

With his entrepreneurship experience, Emmanuel Okeleji has gained credibility nationwide. Last year, he was invited to the fifth annual lecture of the Kings University, Osun State, to speak on entrepreneurship, innovation, and employment. 

His current plan is to continue to improve human resources management and SeamlessHR clients’ experience by adding new features to the cloud platform. For that purpose, in January 2022, the startup raised US$10 million in a Series A round led by TLcom Capital. Participating firms were Capria Ventures, Lateral Frontier Ventures, Enza Capital, and Ingressive Capital. 

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Posted On lundi, 09 mai 2022 16:59 Written by

With an extensive professional career in several countries, he is certain that financial literacy is key to helping populations avoid debts. With Alvin Technologies, he is planning to do just that in Africa.

Winston Reid (photo) is a Kenyan entrepreneur who founded fintech startup Alvin Technologies in 2021. With its smart money management app, his startup helps users manage their income and savings. It helps them develop personalized budgeting plans, eliminate unnecessary expenditures, and monitor all the money outflows to avoid going into debt.  

Through Alvin Technologies, he also  provides banks and fintechs with “powerful API features to help them drive better customer engagement and money habits via their own apps.” 

The Diplomacy and Global Politics graduate (B.A. from the University of Miami in 2014) founded Alvin Technologies to improve financial literacy in Africa and give Africans tools to “balance their daily spending with their savings goals.” 

In January 2022, Alvin secured a US$740,000 pre-seed fund in a round led by Nigerian firm Ingressive Capital. With the secured funds, Winston Reid plans to hire more staff and boost Alvin Technologies’ positioning in Nigeria, in the second half of 2022.  

We’re excited to have such mission-aligned partners and strategic angels onboard the Alvin journey to help us build an even more intuitive and powerful personal finance app for all of Africa faster and more efficiently. This capital will enable us to hire key personnel quickly and scale faster as we transition from the private beta stage of the Alvin App v1: Labrador to the first public version of Alvin later in the quarter,” Winston said. 

The techpreneur has over ten years of professional experience, in the finance sector mostly. In 2011, he joined Vector Marketing as a field sales advisor. Months later, he entered the communication industry as an English communication consultant for Shan Herald News Agency before notable positions in the agritech and edtech sectors in the U.S., Senegal, Nigeria, Thailand, and Kenya.  

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Posted On vendredi, 06 mai 2022 17:10 Written by
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