Finnovating for Africa

Disrupt Africa has announced it is to make Finnovating for Africa 2021, the third edition of its deep-dive into the continent’s fintech space, free to all as part of an open-sourcing initiative alongside partners that include payments company Flutterwave and VC firm GreenHouse Capital.

More details on how to get involved here.

— 2019 edition —

Africa is home to 491 fintech startups, which are together building a new vision for the financial services industry in Africa.

The Finnovating for Africa 2019: Reimagining the African financial services landscape report considers data compiled by Disrupt Africa over four and a half years on fintech startups active in 28 countries across Africa.  

While South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya are at the forefront of startup activity in the fintech sector, the research shows a number of other local fintech ecosystems are beginning to emerge, while the space is showing increasing signs of maturity. Funding, meanwhile, has been rising exponentially, with the sector proving the most attractive to investors in African tech.

The report looks in-depth at nine sub-categories in the fintech arena, analysing more established spaces such as payments and remittances, and lending and financing, but also developing categories like investtech, insurtech and blockchain.

The publication also includes:

  • Consideration of the regional spread and growth of fintech ventures;
  • Discussion of startup activity in nine sub-sectors of the fintech industry;
  • Data on fintech startup launches by year;
  • Tracking of funding and acquisitions in the fintech space;
  • A list of fintech accelerator programmes open to African applicants;
  • A list of financial institutions with initiatives aimed at African fintech startups.

The report is available at a cost of US$150.

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The report is also available with an appendix containing the full dataset of 491 startups, at a cost of US$800.

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For further information or for further purchase options, please email Tom at [email protected], or Gabriella at [email protected].

Finnovating for Africa 2019: Reimagining the African financial services is the 10th publication released by Disrupt Africa’s research and analysis arm, which aside from the flagship annual African Tech Startups Funding Report also releases deep-dives into a variety of sectors of the continent’s tech startup ecosystem. Details on all other publications can be found here.