Pan African fintech app, Bamba has raised $3.2 million in a seed funding round led by Venture capital firm 468 Capital, Presight Ventures, Jigsaw VC, and angels Mato Peric, Leonard Stiegeler, Laurin Hainy, and Thomas Stafford.
The company is currently in stealth mode and will use the new capital to build out its mobile product offer, scale its engineering team and expand its user base across 12 sub-Saharan African countries with high mobile money penetration.
Founded in 2022 by serial entrepreneur Bastian Gotter, Bamba is a mobile application focusing on simple tools for merchants to manage their customers, record stocks, receive payments, and access cash advances against their future cash flow.
“We truly believe entrepreneurship is essential to prosperity, so we make running a small business easier by building mobile-first small business software for Africa. This investment allows us to scale the platform and the team and gives us access to insights from our high caliber of investment partners.” Speaking on the funding, Bastian Gotter said.
Bastian Gotter is not new to the African terrain. He has been active as an entrepreneur and an investor. He co-founded iROKOtv with Jason Njoku way back in 2010 and also partnered with him in 2013 to launch SPARK, a $1 million venture that will invest in Nigeria’s most talented tech entrepreneurs in Nigerian startups. He left IROKO in 2017 to pursue other interests. He has since been behind the scene but only active as an investor having inves
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises account for 90 percent of all businesses in sub-Saharan Africa and contribute more than half of all jobs.
In 2021, registered and unregistered merchants accepted over $250 billion in mobile money payments, recording rapid growth. The mixture of receiving/paying out cash or mobile money creates new complexities for merchants; however, it also creates opportunities to further digitalize business payment and record-keeping processes.
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Ludwig Ensthaler, Partner, 468 Capital commented: “We are thrilled to invest and support the team and vision at Bamba. We feel that the investment opportunities in “enterprise” software focused on small businesses in Africa are significant and remain largely untapped. We believe that Bamba is well placed with a great product and a solid founder to build a category-defining company.”
Fabian Hansen, Investor, Presight Ventures added: “We appreciate entrepreneurs that build novel solutions that push boundaries and are thrilled to support Bamba’s potential impact across the small businesses ecosystem in Africa.”
Dan Jones, Partner, Jigsaw VC commented, “Bamba sits at the intersection between cash and mobile money, between payments and credit. We believe there is a significant opportunity in this space and are keen to explore it with Bastian.”