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After a brief venture into fintech, Boye Oshinaga was determined to prove that scale and profitability were possible in edtech although he had tried to find it several times. Oshinaga then backed an ed-tech company called SchoolsCompass and ended up helping the company scale their presence from 300 to 3,000 in under a year. The process taught Oshinaga that there was hope in
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Luno, a Naspers-backed cryptocurrency platform is planning to expand into Kenya and Ghana. The company currently employs 400 people, across seven offices in Africa, Europe and Asia. It recently launched in Zambia and Uganda after operating in South Africa and Nigeria for some years.

According to GM, Marius Reitz, the pandemic has boosted activity on the
market as people look for digital ways to transact and limit human contact. The seven-yeard old company says it has added about 1 million customers as a result of the pandemic, bringing its total number of users to 4 million. Luno closed a US$3-million funding round in 2015, led by Naspers.


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Napsers has invested $5.6 million (R100 million) in South Africa-based Aerobotics. The money was invested through Naspers’ $77.9 million (R1.4 billion) funding initiative for early-stage tech businesses, Naspers Foundry. The deal is still pending approval by local authorities.

Aerobotics is a subscription-based artificial
intelligence (AI) company that provides intelligent tools for the agricultural industry to manage its crops. Founded by James Paterson and Benji Meltzer in 2014, the startup provides a platform that uses AI, drones and software to help farmers manage their farms, trees and fruit more efficiently.

Kenya’s Apollo Agriculture has closed a $6 million Series A round led by Anthemis. Other participants in the round are Accion Venture Lab, Leaps by Bayer, and Flourish Ventures. Apollo will use the funds to invest in growth in Kenya by hiring talent, product development, boosting its lending
portfolio as well as scaling its sales and marketing efforts.
Founded in 2016, Apollo Agriculture is a mobile-based technology company helping small-scale farmers maximize their profits. It bundles everything a farmer needs including financing, farm inputs, advice, insurance, and market access, when possible.

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The event started with a keynote address by Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform who set the tone for the event by saying that, “it’s a matter of perspective: you can see the cup as half full or half empty, but the only way you get out of a rut is by building.” Here is a recap of the event in case you missed it.

An unconfirmed report says social media has been shut down in Burundi. Residents are reportedly using VPN to access social media platforms. The shutdown follows a letter written by a group of journalists urging the government to keep the internet on during the elections scheduled to hold on May 20. At least three websites were blocked as of May 19 and reports say elections are taking place amid a hostile environment for the media.

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