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Homzart’s $1.3m seed round investment is a first for Egypt

Egyptian e-commerce furniture startup, Homzart has raised a $1.3m seed round investment. It is the biggest seed round closed by an Egyptian startup.

For a company founded in 2019, it is an impressive feat. Over 10,000 products such as bed frames, chairs, and sofas are currently listed on the platform. The company says over 2000 customers have made purchases since it launched in late 2019.

What’s next for Homzart?

“We are going after a huge market valued at more than $60 billion, There are 25 million people in the Middle East and North Africa region searching for home furnishing every month with no serious player serving them online.”
– Mahmoud Ibrahim (Co-founder)

While we’re still talking investments…

Founders Factory Africa has accepted five African tech startups into its Venture Scale programme.

What is in it for the tech startups?

$40,000 in investment as well as tailored support services.

Here are some of the startups that were accepted: LocumBase (South Africa), BwalaAfrica (Kenya), FoodLocker (Nigeria)

Here’s the full scoop.

Three years after ditching financial services in South Africa, MTN is giving Mobile Money another try 

“At the heart of our renewed venture into the improved mobile money space in South Africa is our passion to provide value-added services that meet our customers’ needs.”
– Felix Kamenga (Chief Officer, MTN SA Mobile Financial Services)

MTN South Africa in partnership with UBank has relaunched its mobile money solution, MoMo in South Africa.
MoMo can be used by all South Africans, even if they are not MTN subscribers.

MoMo will use the Ericsson Wallet platform and offers two types of accounts.

Read all about it here.

The countdown to Afrobytes 2020 continues. Afrobytes is the premier event that brings together entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and more to explore business opportunities between the African tech ecosystem and players in the global tech world. Here are key reasons why you should attend Afrobytes 2020:

  • Finance: pitch world-leading Africa-focused tech funds
  • Network: connect with global companies and African tech leaders
  • Scale: find tech partners at the largest startup campus
  • Feature: talk to international media covering African markets

Get your early bird ticket here

If you live in Lagos, how did you commute to work today?

On January 27, the Lagos state government announced a ban on motorcycles and tricycles. For a city with an estimated population of 21 million, it threw up the question of how residents would commute.

February 3, 2020 was the first working day of the motorcycle ban and residents have had a difficult first day.

Residents are also dealing with a hike in Uber and Bolt fares because of increased demand.
Read all about it here.

Endeavor Nigeria asked stakeholders in the startup ecosystem to share their predictions for 2020.

Tayo Oviosu, the founder of Paga says “We will see a new wave of tech entrepreneurs aiming to build sustainable businesses that are solving problems in various sectors outside of financial services leveraging appropriate existing technology for their addressable market.”

Read predictions from Jason Njoku, Eloho Gihan-Mbelu, Rimini Haraya Makama, Kola Aina, Odun Eweniyi and Jessica Hope here.

‘Blockchain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ are words you would say at an African tech cocktail event to come off as smart. But Kenya appears to be translating the buzz into positive human impactAt an institutional level, policy leads appear to be talking big about the need to integrate blockchain in legacy systems: “It’s time to implement the blockchain,” says David Irungu, head of business development at the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

Find more in this piece about Caroline Dama and Will Ruddick, founders of Grassroots Economics, the organization behind Bangla-Pesa, a community currency programme in Kenya.

Join Yele Bademosi, Director, Binance Labs, at the TC Townhall: Emerging Tech, a forum that will help businesses, big corporations and governments understand blockchain and artificial intelligence, and how to take advantage of them to secure their future.

Yele Bademosi is Founding Partner, Microtraction and Director at Binance Labs. Binance Labs is a fund and initiative to incubate, invest and empower top blockchain and cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, projects, and communities.

Tickets to TC Townhall: Emerging Tech are now available for purchase  and a 15% early bird discount is available for readers who buy their tickets by January 31st with the code TCEM15%OFF.

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That’s it folks!
See you tomorrow

– Olumuyiwa

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