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非洲金融科技创企再度斩获千万美元大额投资

近些年来,非洲金融科技产业得到了快速发展,相关创企也是连续获得大额投资。

本周,非洲数字支付解决方案企业Cellulant宣布获得4750万美元C轮融资,这也创下了此类本土企业所获风投的又一记录。本次投资由美国私募基金德州太平洋旗下的成长基金领投,Endeavor Catalyst、Satya Capital与Velocity Capital & Progression Africa参投。

Cellulant于2004年成立于尼日利亚与肯尼亚,随后拓展至非洲另9个国家,约12%的非洲移动消费者使用其产品进行支付。该公司与非洲大陆90余家银行与数家移动支付平台均有合作。Cellulant表示,平台将利用本次投资继续拓展两个非洲国家市场。

Cellulant所获投资印证了非洲金融科技企业在弥补非洲关键支付与金融普惠性鸿沟中所发挥的重要作用。

非洲仅有17%的人群拥有银行账户。投资者相信消费者对更为正式的金融服务会有很大需求。比如风靡肯尼亚与非洲东部的M-Pesa等移动支付技术的成功早已证实了原本服务水平较低市场的潜力。M-Pesa的成功可能要归功于非洲金融领域移动网络的移动网络的不断普及与两者的合力。

2017年非洲创企所获风投增长了51%,达1.95亿美元,其中近三分之一被金融科技创企收入囊中。

例如去年8月,拉各斯支付处理与基建企业Flutterwave就宣布获得1000万美元A轮融资,这也是非洲企业所获最大规模的A轮融资。

The streak of big-ticket investment in African fintech companies shows no signs of stopping.

Cellulant, the digital payments solutions company operating in 11 African countries has raised $47.5 million in its Series C round—one of the largest for a solely Africa-focused venture-funded company. The round was led by The Rise Fund, an impact investment fund run by TPG Growth, the US-based private equity group, with participation from Endeavor Catalyst, Satya Capital, Velocity Capital & Progression Africa.

First founded in Nigeria and Kenya in 2004, Cellulant has since expanded to nine other African countries and around 12% of Africa’s mobile consumers can make payments using its solutions. Its reach is down to partnerships with over 90 banks and several mobile payments platforms across the continent. The company says it will be expanding to two more countries following the investment.

The investment in Cellulant is the latest endorsement of the key role African fintech companies are playing in bridging the crucial payments and financial inclusion gaps on the continent. Over the past three years, the sector has garnered momentum and has become the most attractive for investors on the continent.

Almost a third of funding raised by African startups in 2017 was in the fintech sector as investors bet on consumers turning to more formal financial services in a region where just 17% of the population have banking accounts. Venture funding for African startups jumped by 51% to $195 million in 2017.

Fintech was the biggest attraction for investors with 45 startups raising one-third of total funding. The success of mobile money technology like M-Pesa in Kenya and across East Africa has long shown the potential for other underserved markets. M-Pesa’s success is likely also behind for the increasing presence of mobile networks in the African financial sector and the convergence of the two sectors.

Since 2015, fintech startups in Africa have raised more than $100 million in investment. Last August, Flutterwave, a Lagos-based payments processing and infrastructure company, raised $10 million in its Series A round—one of the largest Series A rounds by an African startup. Fintech has also become a focus area for founders: of the over 300 fintech startups currently operational in Africa, more than half were founded between 2015 or 2016.


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