The number of startups on the African continent tripled to about 5,200 between 2020 and 2021, according to the latest report from McKinsey and Company.
Financial technology (Fintech) startups account for just under half of the entire startup and generated around $4 billion to $6 billion in 2020.
On average, fintech penetration on the continent was estimated between 3 and 5 percent for all African nations, excluding South Africa.
However, revenue could go up by 800% if penetration levels reach 30.3 percent like global market leaders.
The report estimated that Africa’s financial-services industry could expand by about 10 percent per annum and grow to $230 billion in revenue by 2025. South Africa alone is estimated to generate $80 billion of the total amount.
Transactional solutions of African fintechs can be up to 80 percent cheaper and interest on savings up to three times higher than those provided by traditional players, while the cost of remittances may be up to six times cheaper, McKinsey noted.
“Rather than a “fintech disruption,” the continent is experiencing a “fintech eruption,” and local and international investors are taking notice. African fintech is emerging as a hotbed for investment, with average deal sizes growing and the proportion of fintech funding in Africa increasing over the past year, bringing jobs and growth to African economies. And the story is only just beginning.
“As fintech matures, financial services on the continent are at an inflection point, and several African countries have a significant opportunity to capitalize on the momentum of recent years to unlock further potential in the sector,” McKinsey added.
Fintech Company, Grey, Unveils New Look to Support its Global Expansion Strategy
Grey, a leading cross-border fintech company, has embarked on a significant global brand rebranding initiative, revealing a fresh logo and website design.
This strategic move aligns with the company’s dynamic plans to expand its footprint in the global market.
The company’s transformation was unveiled on its social media platforms on Monday, November 27, 2023. Grey aims to leverage this fresh identity to reach a broader audience and solidify its international presence. The updated brand assets visually represent Grey’s commitment to innovation, excellence, and global connectivity.
The rebranding initiative follows closely on the heels of Grey celebrating a milestone achievement of surpassing 500,000 users. The company’s rapid growth and expanding user base have spurred this bold step towards rebranding, symbolizing success and underlining its dedication to remaining at the forefront of global fintech innovation. Furthermore, the previous logo was not usable in some foreign markets due to trademark conflicts with another company.
Idee Obong, The CEO and founder of Grey, shared insights into the rationale behind the rebranding, stating, “As we chart our course toward serving a global audience, we recognized the need for trademarks and related processes. We identified similarities with existing marks during this evaluation, prompting a deliberate rebrand. The new logo and website signify our forward trajectory, emphasizing global connectivity and our commitment to creating a more interconnected world. Our focus remains on being people-centric and cultivating a lasting community.”
Grey’s brand evolution is occurring at a crucial juncture for the fintech industry, which is positioned for significant opportunities despite recent economic uncertainties. The fintech sector has faced challenges in the past year; notwithstanding, Grey has rapidly scaled, adeptly responding to the heightened demand for its services.
The company has also established key partnerships across both B2B and B2C sectors across Africa over the past months, solidifying its reputation as a trusted and reliable cross-border payments company.
Femi Aghedo, Co-founder of Grey, emphasized the strategic timing of the brand evolution, stating, “The timing simply felt right to evolve our brand. Our growth and evolution as a business needed to be reflected tangibly. We are dedicated to ongoing innovation, adapting our services to meet the dynamic needs of our customers. Our core mission is to provide seamless and secure cross-border payment solutions, empowering businesses and individuals in the global economy. We eagerly anticipate the future of fintech and the opportunities it presents for us to impact the industry positively.”
Furthermore, customers can expect a more innovative and interconnected user experience when engaging on their platforms. As Grey ventures into this exciting new chapter, the team remains committed to providing cutting-edge and secure cross-border payment solutions, fostering global connectivity, and contributing to the evolving landscape of the fintech industry.
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Kenyan Court Clears Flutterwave of Money Laundering and Fraud Allegations
African fintech firm Flutterwave can breathe a sigh of relief as the high court in Kenya has granted the country’s Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) permission to withdraw its second and only remaining case against the payments company.
The withdrawal of the case by the ARA follows further investigations, which established that Flutterwave was not involved in criminal activities, including money laundering and fraud.
The latest development concludes a legal saga that began when the ARA initially froze $52.5 million in Flutterwave’s accounts and sought to establish that these funds were proceeds of crime. The case was closed in March, with the release of the $52.5 million, after the ARA withdrew its initial case.
This legal victory is significant for Flutterwave, which has been in the process of acquiring a payments service provider and remittances license from the Central Bank of Kenya. Last year, the Central Bank of Kenya had flagged Flutterwave for operating without the required license.
The judge’s ruling also highlighted the negligence and recklessness of the ARA in commencing legal proceedings without completing its investigations, leading to potential civil or tortious liabilities falling solely on the agency’s director and the investigator rather than being imposed on the Kenyan government or public funds.
This development comes as Flutterwave intensifies its efforts to expand its fintech services in Kenya and other markets, offering payment solutions for businesses and individuals across Africa.
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