Jeff Bezos agreed to back Africa-focused financial technology company Chipper Cash; making it his first start-up investment on the continent.
The world’s richest man’s personal venture capital fund, Bezos Expeditions, supported the Series B funding led by Ribbit Capital; which raised $30 million for the San Fransisco-based company.
Bezos’s backing of Chipper Cash will “widen the company’s product suite through inclusion of more business payment solutions; crypto-currency trading options, and investment services,” the company said in an emailed statement.
Chipper Cash enables instant cross-border mobile money transfers in Africa and likewise abroad; and will also use the funds for expansion into countries it will announce in 2021.
The company has 3 million users on its platform across Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria as well as South Africa; and also processes an average of 80,000 transactions daily, according to the statement.
“We are responding to the demand from customers on our P2P platform who also have business enterprises;” Chipper Cash Chief Executive Officer Ham Serunjogi said in the statement.
Meanwhile, in some less cheery news, Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi the ex President of Mauritania died Sunday night; with the presidency announcing three days of official mourning.
According to local media, Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, 82, died at a private hospital in the country’s capital Nouakchott.
Reports did not mention further details on the cause of his death.
The late president came to power after winning elections on April 9, 2007; before he was toppled by a military coup headed by former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in August 2008.