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Edtech Ambani wins IDF Capital sponsored accelerator. 2 other things and a trivia



This line-up of stories will help you discover the latest happenings around the tech world, today.

1. Edtech Ambani wins IDF Capital sponsored accelerator

Woman-led edtech startup, Ambani, has won the third cohort of the I’M IN accelerator.

Sponsored by IDF Capital, a specialist entrepreneurial financing institution, the winner received a R250 000 (USD18000) cash prize.

The winning startup was founded by Mukundi Lambani as an interactive African-language based edtech for early childhood users.

According to local media authorities, the Demo Day judging panel included VC heavyweights such as Llew Classen of Newtown Partners, Keet van Zyl of Knife Capital and Karabo Morule.

Speaking on the development, Polo Leteka, Chairman and founder of IDF Capital expressed excitement over the winning by the woman-led company.

He said: “I’m proud of these startup founders who have built globally competitive and locally relevant solutions during the most challenging times the world is in now. We are confident that their growth will encourage others to follow suit.”

Tech Trivia: Where was the first ATM installed?
A. London
B. New York
C. Hong Kong
D. Jos
Answer: See end of post

2. Insurtech startup, Naked, closes $11m Series A funding round

Led by Naspers, South African insurtech startup Naked, has closed a ZAR160 million (US$11 million) Series A funding round led by Naspers Foundry to boost its growth plans.

Naked is a fully digital insurance platform offering comprehensive and instant cover for cars, homes, contents, and standalone items.

The startup was Co-founded by actuaries Alex Thomson, Sumarie Greybe, and Ernest North.

Naked launched to market in 2018, and uses AI and automation to create a new type of insurance experience.

According to Naked, consumers benefit from lower costs as well as more control of – and convenience in – their insurance experience, being able to get a final insurance quote for their home.

The fund is expected to help Naked speed its growth with the new ZAR160 million (US$11 million) Series A funding round.

3. Egyptian e-commerce startup Teegara closes pre-seed funding round

Teegara, Cairo-based e-commerce startup has closed a five-figure pre-seed.

The deal comes as a follow-on investment round to fund its early growth.

The startup was founded in 2019 by Ahmad Kayyali and Nader Ibrahim with first investee Ahmed Samir.

The startup is a B2B2C e-commerce marketplace that aims to help anyone to trade, starting with small retailers and social e-commerce merchants.

Today, through its digital platform, Teegara streamlines the buying process and facilitates links between a large pool of vendors and merchants.

The new round is led by the Alexandria Angels Network, as well as angel investors from Saudia Arabia, Egypt, and the Netherlands.

Tech Trivia Answer: London

The first ATM was set up in June 1967 on a street in Enfield, London at a branch of Barclays bank.

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