Expanding Payments

Kenya’s Cellulant may seek up to $150m for digital payments growth

By David Whitehouse

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Posted on May 20, 2021 15:44

 © Cellulant’s acting CEO Akshay Grover. Photo supplied.
Cellulant’s acting CEO Akshay Grover. Photo supplied.

Kenyan digital payments provider Cellulant plans to seek up to $150m to fund expansion, acting CEO Akshay Grover tells The Africa Report.

The company might probably seek the money in the first quarter of 2022, with the amount likely to be about two or three times the $50m raised in a previous funding round, Grover says in Nairobi. Cellulant will be looking for mostly equity finance and will target US investors, along with those in South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Cellulant, founded in 2004, operates an electronic payments gateway via its app and website for individuals and businesses to process transactions. It has partnerships with 33 of Africa’s largest mobile-money operators, and serves 35 African countries with a physical presence in 18. Grover aims to use new money to develop merchant lending products and artificial intelligence capabilities for customer data analytics and credit-scoring techniques. Cellulant will also strengthen its marketing capacity and “forward hire” technological specialists, he says.

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