Egypt’s MoneyFellows Secures $4m to Expand Across Africa

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Egyptian fintech platform, MoneyFellows, has secured a $4 million Series A investment to fund its expansion across Africa and various new product launches.

With the new round of $4 million Series A, MoneyFellows’ total secured investment has risen to $6 million.

The fresh round was from Partech Partners and Sawari Ventures and will be used to expand the company’s operations nationwide in Egypt as well as other African countries. MoneyFellows also plans to launch a slew of new products in the coming months.

Speaking on this, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of MoneyFellows, Mr Ahmed Wadi, said, “Being backed by Partech and Sawari Ventures – two top investment firms – helps us reap global, as well as local, know-how, best practices and support.”

“Partech’s support from their African fund will help us expand into other countries in the continent with hands-on global expertise.

“While Sawari Ventures have been a cornerstone of Moneyfellows’ journey for the past three years; from day one they have been with us, and bring to the table a cachet of knowledge, alongside a vast network of relationships with key corporates and financial institutions, making them our optimal local partner,” he added.

On the part of Partech, its General Partner, Mr Cyril Collon, said he was proud to have MoneyFellows join his firm’s investment portfolio and to support the company to scale and expand.

“The team is fantastic and the product sophistication is unique, making money circles attractive for millennials and their grandparents,” he said.

“The impact of MoneyFellows on financial inclusion is already massive in Egypt, as the solution offers convenient secured lending and saving schemes to consumers by digitising a traditional savings model.”

Mr Hany Al Sonbaty, managing partner at Sawari Ventures also added saying MoneyFellows was one of the most promising fintech companies to come out of the MENA region.

“Their fusion of technology and existing ROSCA culture solves both the problem of financial inclusion and helps people to better plan their personal finances,” he said.

“In enabling people to save beyond their immediate circles, they are not only promoting a culture of saving, but also facilitating a gateway for the further introduction of financial services to larger numbers of people as they become more financially aware. We are thrilled to be investing in the company and joining them on this exciting journey,” he noted.

The platform allows users to more effectively manage and fulfill their financial needs and currently has more than 150,000 active users that are verified by a user assessment algorithm.

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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