Fintech startups in Africa continue to face significant funding challenges.

According to a new report on the industry in emerging markets, the number of early-stage deals among African fintech startups is increasing, but the average deal size is still small relative to other regions, and funding gaps exist at the early stages. Innovative funding solutions may be able to help overcome some of these roadblocks.

According to a study by Briter Bridges, a data-driven research company, and Catalyst Fund, a global tech accelerator, the average sum for African startup seed rounds is $1.5 million, while those in India and Latin America are about $4.6 million and $5.7 million, respectively. Seed rounds are the first investments in a new business made by so-called “angel investors” in exchange for a portion of the company’s ownership, usually in exchange for partial ownership or equity. They help to grow the business by funding research, a team, and product development for example.

The analysts studied 177 fintech new businesses and 33 speculators in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

They found that among their African respondents, seed speculations are the foremost common sort of bargain. The great news is that the volume of early-stage bargains for African fintech new businesses, counting early-stage financing, pre-seed rounds, and seed rounds, has gone up over the past five long years, producing more than $1.6 billion between 2017 and 2021. And the average deal size has grown from $750,000 to $1.5 million in the past five years.

Dario Giuliani, founder of Briter Bridges and co-author of the study, tells Quartz, “We can confidently claim that there has been significant growth across the African startup ecosystem when it comes to the attention that it’s been getting from foreign investors, local investors.”

Fintech has long been Africa’s most well-funded startup industry, as businesses seek to profit from the continent’s booming digital payment market and push for greater financial inclusion and cashless transactions. Flutterwave’s $170 million Series C round in March and Network International’s acquisition of DPO Group for $288 million are two recent notable payment service provider transactions.

Early-stage startups, on the other hand, continue to face funding gaps, especially in the $250,000 to $1 million range, which may help them cross “the valley of death,” according to the study. This is the time when a startup has started operations and has a product on the market, but has not yet generated revenue, according to Malis Carraro, managing director of Catalyst Fund and co-author of the study. which is often a prerequisite for getting funding from institutional investors.

As a result, startups can’t grow and benefit consumers, resulting in the loss of potential customers, small businesses, and government opportunities, which ultimately has a negative impact on the economy, she stated. 

“They died in the car before they reached that level,” she said. Despite the stimulus, innovator, angelic guidance and communication programs, the report said the African market still lacks sufficient support to innovate. He said support was born among the communities that formed other important markets and associations, such as Kenya. 

According to the report, many people without effective partnerships and networks were usually excluded from financial contributions at the beginning of their journey. But apart from capital, he continued, startups need technical and technical support from professionals and professionals who can help them overcome their first challenges. 

To that end, according to the report, there are ample financial incentive opportunities to use public support and equity or debt consolidation to help developers innovate and overcome “death traps.” “We continue to fail to grow and develop ecosystems like other regions. 

This is a message to investors and other entrepreneurs. Both donors and other ecosystem players. We will fund the program,” said Carraro. “We need to do a lot for those entrepreneurs and see how new creative forms emerge.”

Original Article By Quartz Africa

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