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Editor’s Note

  • Week 11, 2023
  • Read time: 5 minutes

Another week, another lineup of interesting, insightful, and sometimes controversial tech stories from around the continent. Welcome to another edition of TC Weekender.


Pamela Tetteh Editor, TechCabal.

Editor’s Picks

Nigeria’s $672 million fund

Nigeria has launched a $672 million fund for 18 to 35–year olds in its tech and creative sectors. The fund, named The Investment in Digital and Creative Enterprises (i-DICE), will see investments across 200 tech and creative startups, and 450 tech-powered SMEs.

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Rain finds its voice

Data-only telecom Rain has expanded into the mobile voice market months after merger talks with mobile network operator Telkom collapsed. This makes Rain the newest in the South African telecoms market, which is currently being dominated by the duopoly of MTN and Vodacom.

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Flutterwave acquires licences in Rwanda

A month after acquiring two licences in Egypt, Flutterwave has obtained its Electronic Money Issuer and Remittance Licences from the National Bank of Rwanda.

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Nigeria welcomes back old notes

Nigeria’s cash crisis is over. Ten days after Nigeria’s Supreme Court ruled that the ₦200, ₦500 and ‎‎₦1,000 notes will remain legal tender until December 31, 2023, the country’s apex bank acknowledged the court’s ruling.

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SA’s largest VC fund shuts down

Africa’s most valuable company by market capitalisation, Naspers, has shut down its $100 million venture capital fund, Naspers Foundry, in an effort to scale down its operations.

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Y Combinator lays off staff

Y Combinator is cutting 17 staff members, almost 20% of its headcount. It will also write fewer cheques for late-stage companies and focus on early-stage startups

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Event: TechCabal At 10

Here’s a list of all the Twitter Spaces we’ll be holding to celebrate our 10th-year anniversary.

  • March 14—Beyond Funding: Meet the team leading TechCabal’s newsroom. Why is TechCabal telling the kinds of stories we are telling now, and how this thinking has influenced our expansion drive? How is TechCabal’s editorial leadership driving this? 
  • March 16—Building newsletters readers want. How has TechCabal grown to build seven newsletter products, and what drove this growth? How does TechCabal measure success when it comes to its newsletter products, and what are its plans? 
  • March 23—What is the future of tech in Africa? In the last 10 years, the African tech ecosystem has evolved quickly. We know this firsthand at TechCabal. What does the future look like? Join us for an insightful conversation with Ola Brown, Stephen Deng, Hope Ditlhakanyane, and Ngozi Dozie where we answer these questions. 

MTN Nigeria raises $271 million

MTN is trying to raise money to fund its commercial paper issuance. Last week, MTN Nigeria announced that it had raised ₦125 billion ($271 million). Now it is divesting its assets too as part of its fundraising efforts.

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HSBC buys SVB for $1

The UK arm of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has found a new home. HSBC UK Bank, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings, has acquired Silicon Valley Bank UK for £1 ($1.21) after the bank was closed down by regulators due to panic withdrawals.

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Chipper Cash is considering a sale

African unicorn Chipper Cash is reportedly considering selling the company or seeking new investors. This news comes after TechCabal reported that Flutterwave, another fintech unicorn, may have to raise money below its $3 billion valuation this year.

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Are African investors sticking with SVB?

Despite the crash, some African investors remain confident in Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) or its new entity, Silicon Valley Bridge Bank. Some have even asked their portfolio companies to return any deposits they wired out of SVB.

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Who brought the money this week?

This week, Nuru, an energy company based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), secured $1.5 million in a Series B funding round. The company is on track to build 13.7MWp of isolated solar-hybrid grids by mid-2024 and aims to provide world-class connectivity to five million clients in the DRC. 

The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), Proparco, and E3 Capital each invested $500,000 in Nuru, bridging the financing gap for its $25 million Series B equity fundraising.

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