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Cellulant Co-Founders: Bolaji Akinboro and Ken Njoroge Picture: Footprint in Africa

Cellulant, an African digital payments service provider, raised USD 47.5 million to transform financial technology services across the continent, reaching 40 million people across 11 African countries. The deal is the largest involving a FinTech company that does business only in Africa, according to a press statement on Monday by the Rise Fund, managed by TPG Growth, which led the funding round. Investments are also being made by Endeavor Catalyst and Satya Capital.

Cellulant was founded in 2004 by Kenyan entrepreneur Ken Njoroge and his Nigerian partner, Bolaji Akinboro and works with over 90 banks across Africa. According to Forbes, it plans to plough the new capital into scaling up its operations, channeling a significant portion of the funds into Agrikore, its blockchain based smart-contracting, payments and marketplace system.

Agrikore, is a mobile blockchain based platform serving nearly 7 million farmers across the continent by better connecting them with markets and helping them sell their goods to a wide range of buyers more easily. Costs are also reduced by integrating government subsidy programs to increase yields and raise incomes across several seasons, and by enabling all participants in the agricultural supply chain — including insurance companies, agricultural input providers, and development partners — to work within a trusted environment.