Africa FinTech Growth sprout has already reached US$100M in 2018
By Rolex Owino
Close to US$100m of fundraising has been already injected in 2018 into Africa’s bourgeoning FinTech and mobile payments sector – with a significant amount of capital still to be deployed this year,and prospects for the sector looking bullish, according to telecom, media and tech news and events company, TMT Finance.
East Africa has been a great receiver of investments in the FinTech area – with Kenyan start-ups scooping a significant stake.
Joseph d’Arrast, EMEA Editor at TMT Finance said: “The increasing demand for payment transaction and lending services are attracting investment from mobile operators, banks and international funds, all jostling to position themselves across the continent. These new initiatives also achieve inclusive goals set by international development finance institutions, which have been joining multiple fundraisings over the last twelve months.”
Demands for services are also tipped to experience a notable upsurge: financial transactions made via the internet or a mobile phone are expected to grow from US$200m hitherto – to a commendable US$3bn by 2020, according to a recent report by pan-African banking group Ecobank.
Regulation, access to reliable and affordable Internet and the development of blockchain technologies are also noted as key developments that are contributing towards the unprecedented growth of the sector. According to d’Arrast, “We expect B2B lending platforms and anti-fraud start-ups to attract most interest from investors. Venture capital funds are playing an important role – both local firms and international investors often originating from Europe or the USA,” he said.
With huge opportunities for fundraising and investment in the space, chief executives and leaders from Africa’s key FinTech and payment companies will join a dedicated Mobile Payments & FinTech panel at TMT Finance Africa 2018 on September, 19 – in London, to discuss investment strategies. Speakers of the session include: Chris Low, Group CEO, Letshego; Alix Murphy, Director of Mobile Partnerships, WorldRemit; Ercin Eksin, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Lidya ; Rostan Schwab, Africa Head FinTech Investments, IFC; and Adia Sowho, VP Commercial / MD, Nigeria, Mines.io.
A more elaborative session into how to grow and scale FinTech companies in Africa will also take place earlier in the day at the conference – in a dedicated breakout-session, with CEOs and MDs representing Verdant Capital, goAfrica, Strider, Transsnet Payments, MFS Africa Ltd, One Finance & Investment Limited, and chaired by advisory firm Obsidian Occident.
Over 70 key speakers have been announced for the event, with CEOs and senior executives also confirmed from companies including Orange, IHS Towers, Econet Wireless, Millicom Africa, The Carlyle Group, Standard Bank, PAIX, East Africa Data Centre, Ethos Private Equity, Rack Centre, Jumia, Uber, Intelsat, Huawei, Credit Suisse and World Remit, among others.
Source: African Strategic-Ventures (ASV) & The Exchange.