Moove, an African mobility fintech that provides vehicle financing to drivers of ride-hailing platforms like Uber and other gig networks, has raised $105 million in new Series A2 financing.
Existing investors Speedinvest, Left Lane Capital and thelatest.ventures (the first two are lead investors from its Series A) led this round shared between $65 million equity and $40 million debt. New investors such as AfricInvest, MUFG Innovation Partners, Latitude and Kreos Capital participated.
The announcement is coming almost seven months after Moove closed its $23 million Series A round and a month after the mobility fintech closed $10 million in debt financing. The startup, launched in 2020, is now present in six African cities: Lagos, Accra, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi and Ibadan.
Africa is home to more than a billion people, where a majority have limited or no access to vehicle financing. In 2019, the region had fewer than 900,000 new vehicle sales compared to 17 million recorded by the U.S. that same year.
Owning a car is a luxury for most of the population. And startups such as Moove are looking to provide a long-term fix through vehicle financing for those who can make money off owning cars — gig drivers or mobility entrepreneurs, as Moove describes them.
Moove, which deals with new cars, is a flexible option for these drivers who want to get into the business of ride-hailing without having to borrow from car owners or taking bank loans to finance cars bought from dealerships.
Here’s how it works: Drivers sign up on the platform and, once verified, are trained and sign contracts with Moove to access loans to buy or rent cars. The company gets these drivers on Uber’s platform—its exclusive partner across Africa—and then deducts weekly rental fees from their earnings before transferring the balance to their accounts.
The loans are between 12-48 months and when drivers repay them (at an 8-13% annual interest rate), they get to own the cars, the company said.
“We have been able to provide financial freedom through vehicle ownership for some of our customers who have finished the programme in different markets,” said Ladi Delano, co-founder and co-CEO, when asked how many drivers have managed to gain ownership of cars since using the platform.
“So we’re still a young business. Those at 48 months are yet to finish their term. But some that signed up very early in the business on the shorter products have been able to pay off and make purchases.”
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