Africa Roundup: Goldman leads $30M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry

Kenyas Twiga Foods raised a total of $30 million in October from lenders and investors led by Goldman Sachs.
This adds to the list of African startups the U.S. financial firm has backed, including e-commerce venture Jumiaand South African fintech startupJumo.
Twiga, a B2B food distribution company, will use its funds to set up a distribution center in Nairobi and deepen its conversion to offering supply chain services for both agricultural and FMCGproducts.
The startup is also targeting Pan-African expansion to French speaking West Africa by third quarter 2020, CEO Peter Njonjotold TechCrunch.
The venture has moved quickly on diversifying its supply-chain product mix. Were not just doing fruits and vegetablesId say were at 50/50 now betweenFMCGand fresh, said Njonjo.
Twiga doesnt plan to move toward entering or supplying B2C e-commerce, where it could become a competitor to other online retailers, such as Jumia.
But the company has factored for advantages in the B2C e-commerce space. If youre able to serve Nairobis 180,000 retailers, it means that the furthest customer would be less than two kilometers away from any shop. Thats the power of building a B2C business on top of a B2B platform. So definitely, the potential is there, said Njonjo.

Kenyas Twiga Foods eyes West Africa after $30M raise led by Goldman
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