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Kenyan Startups Led African Funding in H1 2023 with $520 million

Startups in Kenya have received more equity funding from investors in Africa in the first half of 2023, as per data released by Briter Bridges. The top four countries highlighted in the report are Kenya ($520 million), Egypt ($510 million), South Africa ($400 million), and Rwanda ($280 million). Nigeria ($280 million) ranks fifth on the continent in terms of funding volume. Despite Nigerian startups ranking fifth, the country leads in the number of deals on the continent with 101 deals. Kenya has closed over 80 deals so far, followed by South Africa with over 60 deals, Ghana with over 35 deals, and Egypt with over 15 deals in H1 2023. The report added that many startups have had to shut down, while many funds have struggled to meet their target closures. Others have been forced to take write-downs on their valuations and make deep cuts to their teams. At the conclusion of the first half of 2023, capital infusion into Africa’s startups surpassed an impressive milestone, exceeding the $20 billion mark over a span of 15 years.