Partech hits first close of largest Africa-focused fund, at €245M

Partech, the global VC firm with several funds that focuses on early- and growth-stage startups, has reached first close of Partech Africa II at €245 million (~$263 million), making it the largest Africa-focused fund yet. The African fund will now seek to reach a final close of not more than €280 million (~$300 million).

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Zenfi takes in new funding to bring Mexicans some financial peace

February 9, 2023

Seven years after creating Mexican Zenfi, a financial health platform, the company has more than 3 million users, many who use the platform to consolidate and pay off their debt. Having reached profitability Zenfi recently took a new round of funding, this time $8.5 million. Zenfi intends to deploy the new funds into debit and credit products. He is also eyeing three countries in Latin America.

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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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