Why we invested in Agritech startup Complete Farmer

By |2023-11-10T10:39:57+02:00November 6th, 2023|

We recently invested in Complete Farmer, a digital marketplace that enables global corporations to source agricultural commodities directly from smallholder farmers across Africa. The agritech startup, based in Ghana, addresses challenges experienced by smallholder farmers, including financing, infrastructure, and technical insight, transforming farming practices, and boosting agricultural productivity. iStock/Galeanu Mihai The relentless [...]

Founder Series: meet Justin Drennan from Parcelninja

By |2023-10-30T12:20:19+02:00October 30th, 2023|

Episode 2: Building and exiting an ecommerce fulfillment business in Africa Welcome to the second episode of the Founder Series. We talked with Justin Drennan, co-founder and, until recently, the CEO of Parcelninja. Parcelninja is South Africa’s leading outsourced warehouse and ecommerce fulfillment company. In 2021, DP World (then Imperial Logistics) acquired Parcelninja to [...]

Why invest in African Tech Startups: Pioneers of Innovation and Growth

By |2023-09-28T17:48:00+02:00September 28th, 2023|

Africa, often referred to as the "next frontier market," is poised for a transformation that could reshape the global economic landscape. With its rapidly growing population, increased digital access, and immense economic growth potential, Africa presents a compelling investment case. The thriving startup ecosystem is especially interesting for corporations in developed markets like the [...]

Innovations driving the future of supply chain finance

By |2023-08-16T19:52:16+02:00August 16th, 2023|

Trade plays a vital role in fuelling economic growth and fostering cooperation among nations. At the heart of global trade is supply chain finance, which manages financial flows, events, and processes among partners throughout a supply chain. However, traditional financing methods (such as cash-in-advance, letters of credit, open accounts, documentary collection, consignment, credit insurance, [...]

Founder Series: meet Miishe Addy from Jetstream

By |2023-08-30T12:05:55+02:00August 11th, 2023|

Episode 1: Challenges for digital freight forwarding in Africa Welcome to the first episode of the Founder Series. In this video series, we interview logistics and supply chain technology startup founders to learn more about this dynamic industry's technology trends and market insights. We hear about the current industry challenges and how these founders [...]

Building Resilience in Supply Chains: The Potential of Emerging Technologies

By |2023-08-08T15:11:41+02:00August 8th, 2023|

The rolling supply chain disruptions of recent years have presented an imperative for organizations to identify and reduce their supply chain risks and costly disruptions when unforeseen events occur. Companies are looking to introduce resilience into their supply chains by increasing domestic production where feasible and increasing visibility over every supply chain link. Exciting [...]

AI in Logistics: Disrupting the Supply Chain for Efficiency and Growth

By |2023-07-31T12:58:19+02:00July 30th, 2023|

As emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) continuously evolve and find applications within the supply chain, disrupting existing markets and creating entirely new addressable markets will disrupt the logistics and supply chain industry sectors.   This article delves into the driving forces behind AI's emergence in logistics and its projected [...]

DP World’s Innovation Venture Fund, managed by Newtown Partners, invests in the most disruptive innovations in logistics and supply chain

By |2023-08-07T13:12:21+02:00July 28th, 2023|

Newtown Partner is excited to announce its partnership with DP World, one of the largest global supply chain providers, a progression of the already established partnership with Imperial Logistics (Imperial), which was wholly acquired by DP World in March 2022. As part of this partnership, DP World has committed new capital to the corporate [...]

Transforming Logistics Operations: Exploring the Disruptive Potential of Digital Supply Chain Twins

By |2023-06-23T16:44:40+02:00June 23rd, 2023|

An emerging technology that holds immense potential to disrupt the logistics and supply chain management  sectors is the digital supply chain twin. Startups worldwide are leveraging this cutting-edge concept and related technologies to disrupt traditional logistics practices and unlock new levels of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Shutterstock/metamorworks Digital supply chain twins represent [...]

Embracing Circular Economy: Unlocking Sustainability and Resilience in the Logistics Industry

By |2023-06-02T17:20:11+02:00June 1st, 2023|

In the face of escalating environmental pressures, the logistics and supply chain management industry sectors have recognized the transformative potential of the circular economy. Unlike a traditional linear model, circular economy business models aim to eliminate waste, circulate products through upcycling and remanufacturing, and regenerate nature. Companies embracing circular business models have showcased their [...]

Logistics and Supply Chain Technology Trends: Empowering Corporate Growth

By |2023-05-26T11:22:21+02:00May 24th, 2023|

Platforms and Aggregators In the ever-evolving logistics and supply chain industry landscape, startups are already challenging the established norms by offering groundbreaking solutions to age-old problems. To maintain a competitive edge and foster innovation, large corporate organizations must comprehensively understand emerging technologies and their potential to reshape traditional practices in the coming 5 to [...]

Built to Last: 3 Venture Capital Fund Strategies for Success

By |2023-04-24T12:48:20+02:00April 24th, 2023|

"The job of an investor is not to predict the future. It is to see the present clearly." - Benchmark Capital Partners. In the highly competitive world of venture capital, standing out from the crowd can be a key factor in success. With so many funds vying for the attention of promising startups and [...]

The startup roadmap explained for the beginning entrepreneur

By |2023-03-28T17:03:31+02:00March 28th, 2023|

Starting a business can be an exciting undertaking for budding entrepreneurs. Launching the next big startup requires more effort than buying a domain name or registering the company – you must plan out every step of the journey. That's why you need a startup roadmap. In this guide, we'll explain why you, as a [...]

Healthtech in Africa: Technology is Not Enough

By |2023-03-27T13:45:05+02:00March 27th, 2023|

In developed markets, technology has enabled startups to utilize existing infrastructure and communal assets to disrupt traditional industries from mobility to hospitality. And many have applied this same thesis to other industries and countries, but not one size fits all, and any African investor will tell you that for free. An example of this [...]

Decentralized Computing in AI and ML: Why Investors Can’t Afford to Ignore This Trend

By |2023-03-14T12:57:01+02:00March 14th, 2023|

"Every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it." - John McCarthy, 1956 AI, or artificial intelligence, aims to create intelligent machines that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as learning, reasoning, problem-solving, perception, [...]

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