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Edmund Higenbottam, MD, Verdant Capital: Investing in African fintech

Edmund Higenbottam talks us through the vast opportunities for investors in Africa’s fintech sector.

In this episode we are joined by leading African fintech investment banker, Edmund Higenbottam, MD of Verdant Capital. 

With 20 years of experience in investment banking, Edmund has established Verdant Capital as the largest advisor to the fintech sector in Africa, which is particularly attractive to investors. We discuss the effects of Covid-19 on market activity and why key players including VC funds and global groups are competing for market share. 

Africa currently hosts around 500 fintech firms, most of them in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya. The opportunities still remain vast as around two-thirds of Africans are still unbanked, despite 60% of the world’s mobile money passing through Africa. 

We also speak to Edmund about his career before founding Verdant, and he gives us tips on hot fintechs to watch out for in 2021. 

This timely podcast coincides with the UK-Africa Fintech Summit on February 3-4 2021. 

Further information

Verdant Capital

UK-Africa Fintech Summit 3-4 February 2021

Africa tech investment holds steady under Covid