Kenyan agri-tech startup Taimba secures funding to expand operations

KENYA – B2B agri-tech startup Taimba, which operates a mobile-based cashless platform connecting rural smallholder farmers to urban retailers, has accessed US$277,000 in funding through a partnership with Enviu and the DOEN Foundation. Taimba sources […]

Kenya’s E-commerce Start-up AfricaSokoni launches Bolosokoni in Nigeria

KENYA – AfricaSokoni, a Kenya-based e-commerce start-up has expanded into the Nigerian market as Bolosokoni after the acquisition of e-commerce start-up, Bolorims. The launch of Bolosokoni comes after the Kenyan e-commerce raised US$995,000 in 2019 […]

Jumia Foods suspends Rwandan delivery operations in third market retreat this year

RWANDA – Online retailer Jumia, has suspended its food delivery operations under the Jumia Foods umberella in Rwanda. “We regret to inform you that Jumia will suspend our on-demand delivery operations in Rwanda on January […]

Silvertree invests in South African new virtual kitchen business Darth Kitchens

SOUTH AFRICA – Cape Town-based investor Silvertree Holdings has invested R5 million (US$0.34 million) in return for a majority stake in former OrderIn co-founder Heini Booysen’s new Darth kitchens business. Also known as a “ghost […]

South African retailer Checkers launches online grocery delivery platform

SOUTH AFRICA – Checkers, a consumer goods retailer owned by Shoprite, has launched its on-demand one-hour grocery delivery service app, Sixty60, after months of testing. Billed as SA’s first 60-minute grocery delivery service from a […]

E-commerce firm Shopnaw to make maiden entrance in the Ghanaian market

GHANA – A new entrant in the e-commerce industry of Ghana is set to launch an online shopping market debut Shopnaw, providing tailor-made technology platform and marketing opportunities to support sellers, buyers and delivery partners. […]

Indian online grocer Grofers raises US$20m in funding from Times Group

INDIA – SoftBank-backed Grofers, an Indian online grocer has raised US$20 million by issuing equity share and a warrant to Bennett Coleman Private Limited (BCCL), also known as Times Group. Times Group has picked up […]

Jumia partners Nigeria’s So Fresh to promote consumption of healthy foods

NIGERIA – Jumia Foods, a leading food delivery platform in Africa, has partnered with Nigeria’s fresh food chain, So Fresh, to enable increased delivery of fresh and healthy foods in Nigeria. Speaking while announcing the […]