Uganda’s Tugende raises extra $3.6m to terminate Sequence A round


Tugende, an asset finance company essentially essentially based in Uganda, has raised $3.6m in extra equity financing to terminate its Sequence A round.

This extra round modified into once agreed and structured in 2020 and modified into once led by Partech, the French project capital agency, with participation from Enza Capital and domestically essentially essentially based angel merchants. 

Partech and Enza join Toyota Tsusho’s Mobility 54, which led the first terminate presented in September 2020, as Tugende’s merchants.

With the note-on funding, Tugende’s Sequence A comes to a complete of $9.9m. 

Primarily based in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, by CEO Michael Wilkerson, in 2012– the corporate offers a abilities-essentially essentially based medium for micro, minute and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to have property that lend a hand make money.

A couple of of those property encompass bike taxis, boat engines, autos and fridges, but additionally medical and life insurance, training, safety equipment and digital credit rating profiles. It is at this time piloting financing for e-mobility property. 

Since their operations launched nearly 9 years in the past, Tugende has served greater than 43,000 customers for the duration of Kenya and Uganda. It also has 20 branches in Uganda and 4 in Kenya. 

The technological facet of Tugende’s offering is in the truth that funds for the property are digitalised. With the digital data, Tugende is ready to produce proprietary credit rating scores automatically to all customers to lend a hand them show screen their performance. This would possibly give the customers access to reductions and unique property.

Partech made up our minds to make investments in Tugende final one year “in the heart of the pandemic” in step with Tidjane Deme, general accomplice at the VC agency who co-leads the Partech Africa fund.

“Tugende combines abilities and sturdy operations to support millions of experts to develop their firms and pressure economies ahead. We are able to lend a hand Michael and his team to amass the tech platform, stunning-tune the mannequin and amplify in unique markets,” Deme acknowledged.

Tugende is no longer alone in the trade of tech-enabled asset financing in East Africa. In Kenya, M-KOPA is identified for offering one device for low-profits households to discover electronics esteem smartphones, televisions and fridges. 

Each firms are tapping into a increasing adoption of digital platforms for funds in East Africa and the continent at spruce.

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