Fintech. But not just.
While fintech continues to dominate, the number of sectors attracting at least $100m of funding in Africa is also on the rise
Yes, fintech was still by far the sector attracting the most funding in Africa in 2021: $2.3 billion in total, which was 2.7x the amount the sector had raised in 2020, and much more than the total raised by all start-ups on the continent that year ($1.6b+). Of the 12 African ‘mega deals’ ($100m+) in 2021, 9 were in fintech. Nigeria continues to lead - 37% of the fintech funding raised -, but with South Africa breathing down its neck (29%, driven by the Jumo, MFS Africa and Tymebank mega deals). Yet beyond fintech, there are more and more sectors attracting significant funding. As a matter of fact, only 3 sectors beyond fintech had raised $100m+ in 2019; there were 7 in 2021. ‘Energy’ and ‘Logistics & Transportation’ have been completing the top 3 with fintech since 2019. The performance of the ‘Education & Jobs’ sector is closely linked to Andela’s: its 2019 $100m Series D and 2021 $200m Series E represented respectively 83% and 72% of the yearly total raised by the sector. In 2020 though, ‘Education & Jobs’ had dropped off the map and attracted just $23m in funding. In 2020, ‘Healthcare’ and ‘Agri & Food’ claimed over $100m in funding, and continued to do so in 2021. In 2021, two new sectors also raised over $100m: ‘Retail (mainly eCommerce)’ and ‘DeepTech’ (dominated by Gro Intelligence’s $85m Series B, 82% of the total raised). Of all the main sectors, the one showing the strongest steady growth between 2019 and 2021 is ‘Healthcare’ (7x in amount raised during the period).
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