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Monthly Newsletter #9: Out with The Nest, in with the Network!

This newsletter was originally sent to The Nest network on Tuesday, March 8th. To subscribe for future updates please click here.

Our kick-ass Deals team! Reem Sheriff (North Africa), Caitlin Craig (Southern Africa), and Yvonne Okafor (East Africa).

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening!

At Untapped, our mission is to be the bridge between global investors and emerging market entrepreneurs. We want to find and finance the best opportunities in Africa and other emerging markets, and help investors around the world do the same.

We often get asked what the difference between ‘The Nest’ and Untapped is. The answer is — there is none! The Nest is the name we affectionately coined the Zoom shark tank show our founder, Jim, launched from home during lockdown in 2020. You can read the full story behind The Nest here.

We’ve found recently that ‘The Nest’ has fast outgrown its namesake — and now encapsulates our global network of investors, entrepreneurs, and enablers, an online editorial publication, and a frequent event series hosted online, in-person, and in-country.

To clear up any confusion as we grow — we’ll simply refer to our community-building efforts as the Untapped Network from now on.

Some ways to get involved include:

Untapped Opportunities: We’re sharing the opportunities that come across our desks with investors around the world! Follow us on Twitter to catch our ‘deals of the day’, and stay tuned for our weekly pipeline newsletter coming soon. Want free promo for your startup? Click here to get featured.

Untapped Insights: Our online publication hosted on Medium aims to change the global narrative on Africa, and raise awareness about doing business in emerging markets. Have an article to contribute? Reach out to fiona@untapped-global.com.

Untapped Showcase: A two-week program hosted by our team in Cape Town, South Africa, brings global investors to meet local entrepreneurs, fund managers, and changemakers on the ground. Check out our after movies for May 2021 and November 2021 — and see you there in May 2022!

Untapped Online: Our monthly online pitch show, formerly called ‘The Nest’, continues! We’re excited to partner with one of the world’s biggest pitch competitions, XTC, for the next three months, leading to the global finale in San Francisco in June. More info below.

Thanks for growing with us!

Updates by the numbers…

4,644: Number of revenue-generating assets we are currently financing across TEN countries (Benin, Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Togo, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia).

FOUR: Operating partners we have identified as scale-up partners — THREE in mobility and ONE in Fintech. We anticipate that these four partners alone will allow us to deploy over $10 MILLION in Smart Asset Financing in 2022!

TWENTY ONE: Days until our community equity round closes on WeFunder. Don’t miss out on the chance to invest in the future of financing in emerging markets — join the movement!

TWENTY EIGHT: Days until our investment platform goes live, meaning accredited US investors will be able to sign up, and make direct investments and withdrawals from their Untapped account. Eventually, we plan for anyone, anywhere, to be able to invest as little as $500 with Untapped. Watch this space.

ONE: New Venture Scout joined our all-female Deals team! Reem Sherif based in Cairo, Egypt, will help scout interesting opportunities for Untapped across North Africa. We’re looking for a French speaker to help complete our reach into West Africa — let us know if you know of any good candidates!

Insights this month…

SolarTaxi delivery bikes

Rising Fuel Prices: Ghana Begins to Adopt EVs as SolarTaxi Brings Electric Motorbikes to The On-Demand Delivery Market’ by SolarTaxi Operations Manager, Eugene Amponsah. Read here.

Online this month…

Xtreme Tech Challenge Investment Pitches — Thursday, March 24: Featuring two South African companies pitching to global investors for investment, feedback, strategic connections, and recognition — plus the opportunity to travel to San Francisco for the global finals in June!

Register to join us and our partners here.

Apply to pitch here (South Africa only).

Keep well and chat soon!

- Lundie



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