This is a great question! In 2021, African startups have seen a significant increase in fundraising compared to the previous year.
Specifically, African startups raised more than $2.2 billion this year across 510 deals, according to an analysis by WeeTracker which tracked the African tech startup ecosystem from January 1 to May 31, 2021. This is a remarkable jump from the $1.12 billion total in 2020.
The 2021 funding figures point to growing investor confidence and optimism in African tech startups. This is also reflected in the increase in the number of deals—510 as compared to 330 in 2020.
The lion’s share of the total funding in 2021 went to Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Egypt, which accounted for 81.7%. Egypt’s startups led the charge in terms of deal volume, with the country recording almost three times more deals than any other. Nigeria followed in terms of a larger number of deals, with South Africa and Kenya receiving the highest amount of investments overall.
For a breakdown of the charts, you can check out this analysis from WeeTracker on African tech startup funding in 2021: https://www.weetracker.com/data/tracking-the-african-tech-startup-funding-landscape-in-2021/ .
Overall, it’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in Africa, with investors showing their confidence in the African startup scene.