InsiderPR Monthly: January 2021

We start the new year on an optimistic note with 2020 funding reports showing that despite the COVID-induced global economic slowdown, interest in the African tech ecosystem has not flagged; funding to startups exceeded $1 billion. Fintech and Clean Energy drew the most funding, with Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt as the top destinations. Exit options have also grown in the last year, with mergers and acquisitions surpassing $1 billion in value. On the public market side, Jumia’s rally from less than $1 billion in market capitalization last year to over $4 billion further enhances positivity. On VC and tech growth in the region, our co-founder Eliot Pence has some predictions for the year.

The new Administration in Washington is generating new enthusiasm for reengaging with African nations and new initiatives are being explored.

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