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OPay, Paga, Others Makes CB Insights List of Promising Fintech Startups 2022

Nigerian-owned fintech startups, OPay, Paga and TeamApt make the annual CB Insights 250 list of promising fintech startups for 2022.

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Nigerian-owned fintech startups, OPay, Paga and TeamApt make the annual CB Insights 250 list of promising fintech startups for 2022.

In the annual list, The Fintech 250, which comprises of 250 most promising private fintech companies in the world, OPay was ranked fourth out of the six African Fintech startups that made the list, with total funding of $570 million.

Paga and TeamApt with total funding of $38 million and $58 million were listed fifth and sixth, respectively

Jumo, a leading South Africa mobile payments company for banks and network operators, came first with $267 million. KuCoin, a cryptocurrency exchange platform registered in Seychelles, with $180 million in total funding was ranked second on the list of six most promising African fintech startups.

MFS Africa, a fintech company that connects service providers and customers in South Africa, with $281 million total estimated funding.

According to CB Insights, this year’s winners were chosen based on factors like proprietary Mosaic scores, funding, market potential, business relationships, investor profile, news sentiment analysis, competitive landscape, team strength, and tech novelty.

In addition, the report also noted that factors such as rising inflation, interest rate hikes, and struggling public tech stocks have made it more difficult for new and emerging fintech startups to make a dent in the already maturing fintech market.

OPay, Nigeria-Chinese owned most capitalised firm on the list, raised the most money but factors like the high inflation rate of 20.52%, interest rate of 15.5% and a weak local currency impacted the company’s ranking on the list. 

The same goes for MFS Africa, ranked below Jumo and KuCoin.

Paga is a leading mobile money company that is building an ecosystem to enable people to digitally send and receive money, and creating simple financial access for everyone.

TeamApt is Nigeria’s largest business payments platform, supporting over 400,000 businesses to get paid; processing $100 billion annualized run-rate transaction value, via its products – Moniepoint and Monnify.

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Leatherback Set for International Growth as EFCC Drops all Fraud and Misconduct Allegations

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Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dropped all allegations of fraud and misconduct against Leatherback, a leading financial services technology company, and the company’s CEO, Toyeeb Ibrahim Ibitade.

In November 2023, EFCC announced that it had been made aware of the possibility of fraudulent activities on the Leatherback platform, leading to an investigation into the company’s operations to establish the facts. Cooperating fully with EFCC and working transparently with the organisation’s officials to provide a forensic view of its operations, Leatherback was able to unequivocally prove its innocence, leading the EFCC to drop all allegations and take down all previous communications on its website and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) around the matter.

Leatherback supported the EFCC investigation by making over 5,000 printed documents available to officials to enable as much clarity as possible. Leatherback also filed Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) in the UK and Nigeria.

According to Toyeeb Ibrahim Ibitade, CEO of Leatherback, “I am relieved to see the end of this arduous episode, but I am even more delighted to see that myself and Leatherback, as an organisation, have been completely cleared of all wrongdoing. With this episode firmly behind us, we are poised to accelerate our mission to provide a single access point that empowers individuals and businesses to be truly global, delivering best-in-class financial, payment, and commerce solutions that remove barriers to global growth and mobility for all citizens of the world.”

Headquartered in London, Leatherback is regulated in the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Canada, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, enabling the platform to serve customers across a wide range of markets effectively. Tens of thousands of individuals and businesses already use the platform to support business and lifestyle opportunities every day. Leatherback is also FCA Authorised, PCI DSS Compliant, and ISO Certified.

About Leatherback

Leatherback offers financial services to businesses and individuals in multiple countries with no restrictions. Users can access up to 15 currencies from 21 countries, including NGN, GBP, INR, EUR, USD, and many other currencies. Users can also send and collect money locally and internationally, with invoicing, analytics, and permissions features available for businesses.

For more information, please visit: http://www.leatherback.co

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Carbon Acquires Vella Finance to Enhance SME Offerings

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Digital financial services provider Carbon has completed the acquisition of Vella Finance, a Nigerian fintech company specializing in serving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The acquisition, announced through an official statement on Wednesday, signifies Carbon’s strategic move to bolster its SME offerings.

Although the financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, Carbon’s acquisition of Vella Finance, founded two years ago under its parent company, One Credit Limited, underscores its commitment to expanding its footprint in the fintech space.

Vella Finance’s expertise in AI-powered SME banking solutions particularly caught the attention of Carbon.

Through this acquisition, Carbon aims to leverage Vella Finance’s innovative technology to provide actionable insights from financial transactions to its SME customers.

Tolu Adedayo, co-founder and COO of Vella Finance, expressed enthusiasm about the integration, noting that several team members from Vella Finance have joined Carbon following the acquisition.

Adedayo further revealed that Vella Finance’s 8,000 SME customers would be transitioned to Carbon Business in the near future.

Chijioke Dozie, co-founder of Carbon, emphasized the alignment of values and vision between Carbon and Vella Finance, highlighting the potential for synergies and growth in the SME banking segment.

The acquisition marks a significant milestone for both companies as they aim to revolutionize financial services for SMEs in Nigeria.

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Flutterwave Set to Recover ₦19 Billion Illegally Transferred by POS Merchants

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Flutterwave, one of Africa’s leading fintech companies, is poised to undertake a substantial recovery effort following a High Court ruling granting it the authority to recover ₦19 billion illegally transferred by Point of Sale (POS) merchants.

The company plans to contact over 6,000 account holders across 35 banks and financial institutions to reclaim the funds.

The dispute arose in 2023 when Flutterwave discovered unauthorized transactions conducted by certain POS device merchants, prompting the temporary suspension of implicated accounts to prevent further irregularities.

While the incident didn’t result in the loss of customer funds, it exposed the vulnerability of the system to abuse.

A recent court ruling, known as a Mareva injunction, empowers Flutterwave to initiate the recovery process, targeting account holders who may have received funds from the unauthorized transactions.

This move is critical as the recipients may have already utilized the funds received.

In response to the court order, Flutterwave intends to engage with the relevant authorities to address the situation comprehensively.

It plans to communicate with the affected account holders through email, SMS, and WhatsApp messages, leveraging their respective contact information provided by the financial institutions involved.

The recovery effort underscores Flutterwave’s commitment to upholding financial integrity and protecting the interests of its customers.

The company’s proactive stance reflects the evolving challenges faced by fintech firms in ensuring secure and transparent transactions amidst the dynamic landscape of digital finance in Africa.

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