Moroccan B2B e-commerce startup Chari banks US$1.5M funding from VKAV

Chari, a Morocco-based B2B e-commerce startup with embedded financing for the FMCG sector, has secured further funding worth US$1.5 million from Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures (VKAV) to support its growth plan. Founded in 2020, Chari allows traditional proximity store owners in Morocco to order products and have them delivered. The platform has onboarded over 20,000 food businesses in Morocco, and expanded into Tunisia and Ivory Coast.

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Chile’s Shinkansen closes a US$3M investment round

July 6, 2023

Shinkansen, the Chilean fintech startup, has closed a seed investment round of US$3 million led by ALLVP, a Mexican venture capital firm. The investment aims to support Shinkansen’s expansion into Mexico, Peru, and other parts of Latin America. Shinkansen aims to provide a solution for fast money transfer and transactions in the banking and fintech sectors. The company offers a unique and simple API integration that facilitates money movement in the fragmented Latin American market.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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