The hottest fintech market you don’t care about

Hello and welcome to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we break down the numbers behind the headlines.

For our Wednesday show this week, Natasha and Alexis and Danny had a colleague Tagus Kene-Okafor on the show to discuss the burgeoning African startup scene. Tage has become TechCrunch’s key correspondent in the region, chronicling the continent’s expanding venture capital totals, the performance of state-owned companies and the startup ecosystem.

Since we’ve been paying attention to how much money African startups are raising, we wanted Tagus to give us a better understanding of the continent’s tech activity. Here’s what we got into:

  • The power of Y Combinator in Africa: Is the famous American accelerator a kingmaker in Africa? Or are we just seeing more of its activity through our own information bias?

  • Fintech at the heart of our concerns: As in many markets, fintech investment and startup activity stand out in Africa. We wanted to better understand why this is the case in Africa and what startups are building in the fintech space.

  • African e-commerce: The mainland e-commerce market is perhaps best known through the lens of Jumia, a public technology company that works in the online sale of goods and their delivery. How fast is e-commerce growing in Africa and which startups could be the next breakthroughs? We asked Tagus.

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