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African startups raise $500m in three months



African startups have raised $546 million from investors in the first three months of the year.

The figure was higher than the total amount raised by the startups in the first six months of 2019 and 2020.

Maxime Bayen, a Senior Venture Builder who carries out daily surveys on investments secured by African startups disclosed this on its Twitter handle.

According to Bayen, Flutterwave deal of $170 million means startups in Africa are heading to record-high funding.

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It wrote: “With flutterwave round, we have reached already deals (>$100K) closed in 2021 by #startups in #Africa and that represents $546 million funding in total.”

The data by Bayen showed that in the six months of 2019, startups raised $256million and $368 million during the same period of 2020.

Flutterwave is a Nigerian payment company founded in 2014 by Olugbenga Agboola.

With the $170 million deal, the company is expected to expand its services to Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia as Nigeria continues to make a mark in the continent’s payment system.

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