Four African blockchain startups have received $125,000 in funding from Crypto Valley Labs (CV Labs). The startups will also join the CV Labs Global Incubation program and other Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC) initiatives.
CV VC is a Swiss Investment Company and an early-stage venture capital investor with a focus on startups that build on blockchain technology. CV Labs offers a three-months hybrid Blockchain incubation program that invests up to $125,000 in startups in return for 10% equity and /or tokens
In July 2021, CV VC launched operations in Cape Town, South Africa. CV VC’s goal in Africa, together with partners from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and local stakeholders, is to invest in 100 startups that have the potential to tackle the challenges of the African continent over the next four years.
The four Selected African Blockchain Startups are:
HouseAfrica (Nigeria) is a Blockchain Technology company building a digitized property record system that assists home buyers and financial institutions to access, verify authenticity and value properties before investing. Properties are accessed and sold by sharing site digital layout.
CARMA (Nigeria) is the world’s first P2P data marketplace company created to fill the credit-data gap in sub-Saharan Africa. Organizations are provided credit data which allows them to make data-driven business decisions.
Mazzuma (Ghana), The future of online payments is a mobile payments system that specializes in the use of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to facilitate seamless payments transactions.
Pravica (Egypt) is a unified, secure and privacy-compliant communication platform that uses blockchain technology to empower user privacy and security.
The managing director of CV VC Africa, Gideon Greaves said: “I’m incredibly excited to be a part of CV VC’s journey into Africa. Being a leapfrog population, we are in a prime position to adopt this disruptive technology and I believe this continent can lead the crypto and blockchain charge”.
“We are happy to start our Africa chapter with an initial foothold in South Africa, a thriving hub for entrepreneurs, developers and creatives and an already well-established startup and technology ecosystem.
“With the experience and know-how from Crypto Valley, including infrastructure providers, an enabling regulatory framework and our global network, we will be able to accelerate growth for blockchain startups and grow the blockchain ecosystem in all of Africa”, said Mathias Ruch, CEO and founder of CV VC.