Kenzz, an Egyptian mass e-commerce solution, has completed a $3.5 million Seed fundraise led by Outliers Venture Capital. Participating in the round are HOF Capital, Foundation Ventures, Samurai Incubate, and other investors – including angels.

Proceeds will be used to continue to recruit talents; grow product categories and assemble a wide variety of products to meet different consumer segments’ preferences and tastes; invest in technology, and shortly launch its new app.

Founded in 2022 by Ahmed Atef, Mahmoud AlSilk and Moataz Sami, Kenzz provides a leading, reliable mass e-commerce solution to the masses across Egypt and Mena.

Kenzz’s customer-centric platform digitises the offline experience, making it exciting, fun and sociable for users – across all customer touchpoints – while providing discounts of up to 65 per cent. Internet penetration levels and shopping numbers mask the reality that e-commerce is yet to be fully realised and optimised in Egypt, and more widely in Mena.

Kenzz’s business model is built around sustainability, eschewing growth at any cost and aggressive cash burn. The model involves sourcing products directly from manufacturers and importers and offering consumers deeper discounts when they share/buy with friends and family. Sourcing directly from manufacturers and importers enables Kenzz to secure the best deals for consumers. As referrals to Kenzz increase virally, this – in turn – drops the company’s acquisition costs further. Group orders can also be sent to single locations to reduce delivery fees for consumers and logistics costs for Kenzz.

The startup is bridging the gap between traditional offline and online shopping with a model reflecting the everyday behaviour and needs of the consumer masses and making it easily accessible. Kenzz addresses the primary reasons consumers are reluctant to purchase online: a lack of trust, availability of bargains, complexity, a one-way transactional process, no personalization, little insightful relevancy, and redundant technology.

Kenzz’s model benefits local manufacturers and SMEs too – by giving them access to data, insights, and access to potential hard-to-reach end users – to grow their business.

Ahmed Atef, Chief Executive Officer of Kenzz, said: “We are delighted to complete this seed fundraise, and we thank all our investors for their support. The time is ripe to fully optimize e-commerce in Egypt and MENA. We have designed Kenzz to appeal specifically to people not yet convinced that e-commerce is a practical and mainstream mode of shopping. We are revolutionising the shopping experience to deliver relevancy, convenience, trust and value, and look forward to the future with great confidence.”

Sarah AlSaleh, Partner at Outliers Venture Capital, commented: “Kenzz is solving two key issues that current e-commerce incumbents are not addressing: affordable and reliable last-mile logistics and an uncompromising customer trust philosophy. The diversity and depth of Kenzz’s founding team strongly position them to combine a multitude of experiences and expertise into creating a category-defining company and e-commerce champion for Egypt.” 

Omar Barakat, the Managing Partner at Foundation Ventures, commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering up with an amazing team that has a wealth of experience across technology, marketing, and operations to build the region’s first truly inclusive e-commerce platform. Kenzz is socialising the purchasing experience, allowing people to unlock value by buying in groups. This leverages Egyptians’ social nature whilst providing them with affordable and reliable products. Kenzz’s platform is built to serve the masses.”

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