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Nigerian fintech startup ImaliPay Raises Pre-Seed Funding from Australian VC firm TEN13


Nigerian fintech startup ImaliPay has raised an undisclosed amount of pre-seed funding from Australian venture capital firm TEN13.

ImaliPay, which is reshaping the future of work in the gig economy, now joins TEN13’s growing fintech portfolio; the likes of Chipper Cash and Bookipi. 

Other investors included in the ImaliPay funding raise are; Finca Ventures, Optimiser Foundation, Mercycorps Ventures, Changecom, and super angels from Norway, Nigeria, UK, and Kenya. 

The primary aim of the investment is to expand and accelerate its growth and footprint in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa to be the one-stop-shop for gig workers’ financial needs.

TEN13’s backing of ImaliPay follows a recent string of events that has elevated the visibility of Africa’s Fintech start-up scene. 

“We believe this is a perfect opportunity to introduce our growing international network of investment professionals and investors to one of the most exciting emerging Fintech companies in Africa, ” said TEN13 Managing Partner, Stew Glynn.

ImaliPay was co-founded in 2020 by Zimbabwean Tatenda Furusa and Nigerian Sanmi Akinmusire who met whilst working at payment company Cellulant. 

The startup offers gig workers a one-stop-shop of financial services such as the ability to seamlessly save their income and receive in-kind loans through a “buy now, pay later” model tied to their trade.  Other products to be offered off the platform include insurance and investment options to foster a safety net for its users.

“It’s a great opportunity for investors to participate in the fintech revolution and a fast-growing segment. Our vision at ImaliPay is to advance financial health and inclusion for gig workers who struggle to manage and access flexible financial services that are often only available to traditional SMEs”, said Furusa.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I write about tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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