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Kenyan startup TopUp Mama, which provides African restaurants with access to supplies, financial services, and business management tools, has closed a $1.7 million seed funding round to accelerate its growth led by Ventures Platform and JAM Fund, the round also features Next Billion Ventures, Future Africa, Jedar Capital, HoaQ Fund, First Check Africa, and DFS Lab.

TopUp Mama was founded by Njavwa Mutambo, Emilie Blauwhoff, and Andrew Kibe in 2021 and is a one-stop shop for restaurants in Kenya and Nigeria that provides them with all the necessary supplies, short-term credit, and tools needed to manage their businesses.

Since raising its pre-seed round 10 months ago, the company has grown by over 1,000 percent, signed up over 3,000 restaurants, and expanded into neighboring Nigeria.

The startup plans to use the funds to accelerate its growth, build out its technology, and scale its sales management tools for restaurants.

“I grew up in the restaurant business in Zambia, and I know first-hand the power small businesses have in transforming lives. This is why we’re passionate about increasing restaurant contribution to Africa’s GDP,” said Njavwa Mutambo, TopUp Mama’s CEO.

“We believe we have a unique opportunity to build Africa’s most prominent restaurant partner and build one of the largest companies Africa has ever seen.”

Ventures Platform founder Kola Aina said he was excited about TopUp Mama’s impact across restaurants – “which serve as the heartbeat of neighborhoods in Africa”.

“Topup Mama empowers restaurant owners with access to affordable foodstuffs and powerful data analytics to deliver the delicious meals that keep us sustained and bring us together. Importantly, they also help restaurants grow their customer base while improving efficiency,” he said.

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