Africa: The Big Deal

Maxime & Max
One graph. One paragraph. Your weekly two-minute read, a quick conversation starter on the African start-up ecosystem, based on a curated database of deals from across the continent.
Created 08 Mar 2021
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  • The bar is set very, very high for 2022 🚀
    21 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    No matter what happens in the last 10 days of December, it is clear - and it has been so for a while - that 2021 has been a remarkable year for start-ups in Africa. As of 20 December, we have tracked ...
  • Crumbs, basically.
    14 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Back in September, we analysed the funding raised by start-ups in Africa in 2021 based on the gender profile of the founding team. With less than three weeks to go until the end of the year, we though...
  • 1, 2, 3... and now 4 billion USD 💸💸💸💸
    07 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    We’re still a bit shocked (in a good way! 😊) by the amount of positive feedback we’ve received after publishing last week’s map, but the ecosystem gives us no time to rest as it now crosses the $4 bi...
  • Don't we all love a good map?
    30 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    As we wait for the ecosystem to cross the $4b mark in terms of funding raised in $100k+ deals this year (we’re 99% there!), we thought an updated map showing the amount raised per country would be nic...
  • Video Killed the Newsletter Star
    23 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Earlier this month, VC4A and ABAN gave us an opportunity to present some of the content you’ve been reading every week to the great audience they assembled for their Africa Early Stage Investor Summit...
  • Last but not least: South Africa 🇿🇦
    16 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    After covering Nigeria, Egypt, and Kenya, it is time to have a closer look at South Africa, especially given the great announcements from Jumo and MFS Africa last week. The number of $1m+ deals has gr...
  • A $1m+ deal a day...
    09 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    If you’re tracking deals in Africa like us, you might have found it a bit hard to keep up lately, due to the sheer number of those: since early July, there has been on average one $1m+ deal announced ...
  • 2,000 Thank Yous and a little 🎁... or 3
    02 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hi everybody, As we like to celebrate milestones, we couldn’t miss an opportunity to thank you all for being such supportive and engaged subscribers and readers, as we reach 2,000 subscribers! A start...
  • 🇰🇪 A closer look at Kenya's success story
    26 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    By popular demand - and after covering Nigeria and Egypt earlier this year - we are taking a closer look at Kenya’s ecosystem this week. Even though things have slowed down in 2021 (we’ll come back to...
  • Leaders of today, and of tomorrow
    19 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    With $2.5bn raised collectively, the Top 50 deals ($10m & over) are responsible for 83% of the total amount raised by start-ups in Africa in 2021 so far. Of these Top 50 deals, 40 (80%) have been rais...
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