GreenHouse Lab (GHL), the flagship accelerator program by GreenHouse Capital (GHC), has announced the eight innovative African startups that have been accepted into its 2021 Fintech Accelerator.
The programme, which will run for six weeks, has already seen participation from the startups in several exclusive sessions with accomplished tech founders, global investors, and world-class corporate partners, including Amazon Web Services, Google for Startups, and InsiderPR.
The accepted startups will also receive a $10,000 direct investment from GreenHouse Capital and will be eligible for an additional $50,000 in investment from the GHC Founders Fund if they go on to be accepted into a top global accelerator after GHL.
Founded in 2014, GreenHouse Capital (GHC) is Africa’s largest fintech fund by portfolio size and has invested in leading companies like Flutterwave, Max, and Wallets. The pan-African early-stage Venture Capital firm has backed some of the most accomplished founders across the continent, with nearly 40% of GHC-backed startups participating in prestigious international acceleration programs such as 500 Startups, Ycombinator, and Techstars post-investment.
Fintech startups mainly from Nigeria and Kenya make up the 2021 GHL Fintech Accelerator list, Nigeria leading with five (5) startups, followed by Kenya with three (3). These startups represent the cutting edge of Africa’s fintech sector and are led by young tech entrepreneurs solving critical market challenges in areas like fintech infrastructure, personal wealth management, cross-border remittances, and diaspora services.
Meet the startups:
MyInvest (Nigeria) – MyInvest is democratizing access to real estate investments by giving users exclusive access to verified high-yield real estate projects with a minimum investment of $10, thereby creating a new way of building wealth.
Chumz.io (Kenya) – Building a sustainable investment culture in developing markets has been hindered by the lack of an easily accessible means to invest, the prohibitive cost of investing, and the belief that you need large ticket sizes to invest. Chumz is leveraging the prevalence of mobile money to enable real-time, accessible, and on-the-go investing, demystify the process, and helping users achieve financial freedom.
Collect Africa (Nigeria) – Businesses find it difficult to integrate and accept multiple payment methods across different locations and channels, causing them to lose revenue and customers. Collect helps businesses connect multiple payment methods to their websites or mobile apps through a single API to give their customers more ways to pay.
Payhive (Nigeria) – The process of sending and receiving payments in Africa still faces several technical and regulatory bottlenecks. Payhive provides a solution for global payment transfers using cryptocurrency wallets and a secure transaction platform.
Route (Kenya) – People in developing markets face barriers to financial inclusion, namely accessible means of savings and capital formation to invest for the future. Route helps users track and manage savings as well as invest their savings to build wealth.
ScaleX (Nigeria) – Users face many risks, complexities, and fees when exchanging cryptocurrencies. ScaleX provides a secure, automated, and multi-network P2P platform that eradicates fraud in every transaction is easy to navigate and gives traders the flexibility to trade coins from multiple networks while controlling transaction fees.
Dojah (Nigeria) – Customer data is fragmented among multiple databases, creating a challenge for businesses when it comes to verifying customer information. Dojah aggregates customer data from multiple sources into one API that service providers can use to verify customer information.
GetEquity (Nigeria) – Accredited and nonaccredited investors face barriers to accessing unique startup investment opportunities, and startups are often limited to seeking funding from VCs and syndicates. GetEquity enables individuals to invest in startups and exchange shares on a secondary market, startups to raise funding from more sources, and investors to create liquidity by exchanging shares in their portfolio companies.