Nigeria attained the number one spot on the list of African countries that had the highest number of deals across the continent as total investment deals – including undisclosed and unannounced deals – in the continent surpassed 480.
This is according to African Investment Report by Briter Bridges. South Africa emerged second on the list while Kenya and Egypt respectively followed in the third and fourth positions, with Egypt having one of the highest concentrations of African investors VS the ones overseas.
In value terms, the report found that the total estimated funding was $4.9 billion comprising $4.65 billion unannounced disclosed funding and $300 million undisclosed deals based on acclaimed data made available by investors.
Highlights of the report
Fintechs continue to account for the largest shares of funding on the continent, capturing almost two-thirds of the total funding in technology companies operating across Africa.
The report found that 62% of the total funding goes to fintechs while health & biotech and logistics were next in line with respective 8% and 7% coverage.
Y2021 saw 2 times growth in total volume since 2000 and 25% growth in announced deals recorded as top 20 deals worth $3 billion while 480 deals value $1.6 billion and 450 deals were valued at less than $1 billion.
Most funded products came from payments, solar home kits, assets financing, Point of Sales, banking amongst others while top trending products by volume cuts across payment, transfers, banking, medical delivery, B2B commerce, professional skill development amongst others.
The year also saw a spike in deals between $500 thousand and $5 million, indicating a strongly growing number of resources allocated to companies in stages equivalent to seed and series A; this, according to the report, may be linked to the renewed optimism since the start of covid-19 and the high early-stage activities of 2020.What you should know
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