Kenya’s Fingo partners Ecobank to launch financial services app

Kenyan startup Fingo has partnered with Ecobank to launch a new app aimed at powering financial inclusion across Africa. Fingo, which took part in Y Combinator in 2021, empowers Africa’s youth by enabling them to open a bank account via their mobile phone in less than four minutes, send money to other Fingo users for free, and to M-Pesa users and paybills via Paybills and Till numbers at subsidized rates.

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SA e-health startup Quro Medical raises $1.3M funding from Mineworkers Investment Company

May 11, 2023

South African e-health startup Quro Medical has raised ZAR25 million (US$1.3 million) in funding from the Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC). Founded in 2018, Quro Medical has developed an affordable and accessible hospital-at-home solution that combines state-of-the-art hardware and software with clinical excellence to manage acutely ill patients in the comfort of their homes.

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Nigeria’s Towntalk is building a data infrastructure for risk protection solutions

May 11, 2023

Nigeria’s Towntalk has built a data infrastructure that leverages “hard to collect” location data and implements AI methodologies to develop a range of risk protection solutions for security, logistics and agriculture companies in Africa. Formed in 2020, Towntalk has built a “data ecosystem” that is further enhanced by industry partnerships with leading security companies.

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Salesforce Connects AI-Based Marketing Apps with Data from CDP and Google

June 8, 2023

Salesforce kicked off its big Connections conference yesterday, and if you’re surprised the focus was on generative AI, you haven’t been paying attention.  Still, the focus this time was on marketing applications that draw on Salesforce CDP data, so it’s right up our alley.  They also announced direct access to Google BigQuery data, ticking the “zero-copy” box as well.

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