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Entrepreneur capitalises on a gap in Senegal’s logistics industry

Entrepreneur capitalises on a gap in Senegal’s logistics industry

Paps, a logistics and delivery company based in Senegal, was founded by entrepreneurs Bamba Lo and Rokhaya Sy. Jeanette Clark and Samuel Kwame Boadu speaks to Bamba about identifying an opportunity in the market, building the company, and pivoting to a business-to-business model.

The story behind Nigeria’s Airbnb for warehouses and trucks

The story behind Nigeria’s Airbnb for warehouses and trucks

Established in 2020, Haul247 is a Nigerian logistics startup which has introduced an Airbnb-like model to pair those requiring truck transport and warehouse storage facilities with available providers. The company’s revenue is derived from a commission on each transaction

Backing African healthcare startups: Insights from Kenya-based investor

Backing African healthcare startups: Insights from Kenya-based investor

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Villgro Africa is an incubator that offers funding and technical assistance primarily to healthcare startups across the African continent. Over the past eight years, the organisation has disbursed more than US$2.8 million in blended funding. Jeanette Clark & Samuel Kwame Boadu speaks to co-founder and CEO Wilfred Njagi about investment opportunities within the healthcare sector, specifically in areas such as AI, supply chain, and medical diagnostic devices.

South African Real estate investor carves profitable niche in African affordable housing

South African Real estate investor carves profitable niche in African affordable housing

While many real estate developers avoid affordable housing, Johannesburg-based International Housing Solutions (IHS) has crafted a profitable model for such projects in South Africa and beyond. In a conversation with Jeanette Clark, IHS managing director Rob Wesselo discusses the reliability of lower-income tenants as rent payers compared to wealthier ones, reveals the firm’s sweet spot for development size, and explains his cautious stance on investing in Johannesburg’s CBD.

African venture capital investor reveals five sectors poised for growth

African venture capital investor reveals five sectors poised for growth

While global venture capital funding, as measured by Pitchbook, is down 48% in the first half of 2023 compared to the previous year, Mikael Hajjar, co-founder of Africa-focused venture capital firm P1 Ventures argues that now is the time to invest. He believes in investing before the hype, or when the markets are down.

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