Bamboo Raises $15m to Expand Operations

January 31, 2022
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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigerian startup, Bamboo, a brokerage app that lets Africans buy and trade United States stocks in real-time, has raised a $15 million Series A funding round to accelerate its growth, move into new markets and launch more products.

The latest Series A round was led by Greycroft and Tiger Global with participation from Motley Fool Ventures, Saison Capital,  Chrysalis Capital and Y-Combinator’s Michael Seibel, amongst others.

With the capital, Bamboo plans to further accelerate its growth, doubling down on unlocking new markets and launching more products.

Since Bamboo announced plans to launch in Ghana in April 2021, more than 50,000 Ghanaians have joined the waitlist.

Speaking on this, Mr Richmond Bassey, Bamboo’s CEO and co-founder said, “Our goal is simple: we want to give Africans and their asset managers easy, fast and secure access to global investment options that will allow them to earn real returns.

“We’re building the technology infrastructure powering financial services in Africa such that if you’re investing in the global capital markets from Africa, you’ll be doing so using Bamboo, directly or indirectly.

“We also want to make it seamless for African investors in the diaspora to discover the best investment opportunities on the continent. We’re excited about our work with local regulators so far to make this a reality.”

Greycroft partner, Ms Alison Lange Engel said she was “thrilled” to support the innovative, user-first approach the Bamboo team is bringing to market.

“Bamboo is enabling Africans to build wealth by creating an investing platform that is helpful to both experienced investors and to those new to the stock market,” she said.

Launched in January 2020, Bamboo is an investment platform that unlocks global markets for Africans by providing real-time access to dollar-denominated assets via its platform. Users can fund with their dollar or local currency balance almost instantly and start investing in stocks.

Bamboo has gained over 300,000 accounts in Nigeria. The company revealed that about 20 per cent are active daily traders, while 75 per cent never traded stocks before using the platform. In 2021, repeat depositors made up 85 per cent of deposits on the Bamboo platform.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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