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Smile Identity secures $7 million to improve services, expand across markets

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Smile Identity, a startup that gives character (ID) check and Know-Your-Customer (KYC) consistence instruments for African organizations, on Thursday declared that it has raised a $7 million Series A series of subsidizing. 

The speculation was mutually driven by Costanoa Ventures and skillet African endeavor firm CRE Venture Capital with the interest of different financial backers. These incorporate VCs like LocalGlobe, Intercept Ventures, Future Africa, anonymous private backers, just as existing financial backers like Khosla Impact, ValueStream Ventures, Beta Ventures, 500 Startups, and Story Ventures. 

With the new speculation, Smile Identity intends to work on its administrations and grow across more business sectors. It will likewise add support for more ID types just as recruit more architects and care staff across Africa. The speculation additionally welcomes on John Cowgill, an accomplice at Costanoa, on the leading body of Smile Identity.

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Lagos Angel Network appoints new board.

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The Lagos Angel Network (LAN) has named another Board of Governors (BoG) to direct its issues, viable from today October 1, 2021. 

As indicated by a LAN explanation, the new board, led by Kola Aina, General Partner at Ventures Platform, has the command to reposition the association with an emphasis on enrolling and teaching nearby private backers and advocating support for beginning phase putting resources into Nigeria. 

Different individuals from the BoG are Biola Alabi, author, Biola Alabi Media, who will sit as Deputy Chair of the BoG; Yemi Keri, prime supporter, Rising Tide Africa; Olumide Soyombo, fellow benefactor, Voltron Capital; Iyin Aboyeji, organizer, Future Africa; and Gerrad Olisa-Ashar, fellow benefactor, Diaspora Angel Network.

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PaySika secures funds to provide neobank services in francophone Africa

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PaySika, a monetary innovation startup creating versatile and online financial answers for French-speaking African nations, today declared that it has gotten a €300,000 ($348,000) pre-seed venture from private supporters in the French, London, and Nigerian tech startup space. 

Established in 2020 by Roger Nengwe and Stezen Bisselou, PaySika professes to be the principal business-to-client (B2C) neobank in the area that works with a chatbot on well known informing applications, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram. As per an organization articulation, this permits clients to do their exchanges as basic as sending a SMS. 

Regardless of the expansion of monetary administrations in Africa over the previous decade, there’s been a tirelessly underserved hole in the francophone part of the mainland. Over 80% of the populace in the area, or more than 120 million individuals, don’t approach bank administrations. 

With business banks for the most part centered around the best 10-20% richest clients, versatile cash arrangements from the district’s telcos and fintech new companies have been critical to stretching out admittance to monetary administrations. At present, over 60% of the populace utilize versatile wallets.

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Eden Life raises $1.4m to digitise house chores.

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Eden Life, a Nigeria-based startup digitizing home help for homes across Africa, has raised a seed round of $1.4 million to increase more portion of the overall industry, carrying its absolute venture to $2 million. 

The venture round was driven by LocalGlobe with cooperation from Africa-centered VCs, Future Africa, Samurai Incubate, Village Global, Rising Tide Africa and Enza Capital. 

Eden Life was established in 2019 by three ex-Andela staff members, Nadayar Enegesi, Prosper Otemuyiwa and Silm Momoh, on a $600,000 pre-seed round from loved ones, to target twenty to thirty year olds and Gen Zs who are too occupied to even consider shuffling house tasks with their positions, particularly those in the tech space.

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