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Egypt’s e-health startup, Rology acquires Saudi teleradiology provider, Arkan United

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Egyptian e-health startup, Rology has acquired Saudi Arabian teleradiology provider, Arkan United in its bid to position itself as the leading teleradiology company in Africa and the Middle East.

The acquisition of Arkan United, which is headquartered in Jeddah, is coming two months after Rology closed a pre-Series A round of funding that helped its expansion drive across the MENA region, and has now seen it make an incursion into Saudi Arabia which has the largest healthcare sector in the region.

According to Rology co-founder and CEO, Amr Abodriaa, the acquisition of Arkan United has been part of Rology’s long-term plans of “bringing the latest innovations in teleradiology to healthcare providers and patients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond.”

“We’re excited to announce our acquisition of Arkan for medical services in Saudi Arabia,” Abodriaa said.

“This acquisition allows us to accelerate our mission of combining Rology’s cutting-edge technology and network with Arkan’s established expertise, we’re poised to revolutionise the field of teleradiology and improve patient care in unprecedented ways,” Abodriaa added.

Arkan’s CEO, Tarik Baeshen, who welcomed the acquisition, said “Rology has the people and the disruptive solution that the Saudi healthcare system truly needed.

“I am proud of what Arkan has done for the healthcare landscape in the kingdom, and I am eager to see Rology take it one step further”.

Rology, which was founded in 2017 by AboDraiaa, Moaaz Hossam, Mahmoud Eldefrawy and Bassam Khallaf, has successfully built a cloud-based platform that “provides intelligent matchmaking between patients and remote radiologists, tackling the global shortage of the latter.”

The startup gives radiologists anywhere in the world the freedom to work as long as they have access to internet connection.

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African Development Bank partners Google to transform Africa’s digital space

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The African Development Bank (ADB) has teamed up with Google with the aim of advancing digital transformation in Africa.

The two parties formalized the deal with the signing of a “Letter of Intent” on Friday during the Global Africa Business Initiative at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The agreement, according to Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, “underscores a shared commitment to harness emerging technologies, extend and improve infrastructure, and refine talent and skills in the continent.”

“Our journey from a 2% telephony penetration in 1998 to today’s era of 4G, 5G, and AI signifies immense progress. With 70% of sub-Saharan Africans under 30, our focus is on catalyzing businesses to create jobs and offer innovative solutions,” said Adesina after the signing ceremony.

He added that both ADB and Google had a long history of fostering digital evolution, enumerating that over the past decade, the Bank had invested $1.9 billion in projects emphasizing the development of broadband infrastructure, conducive policy and regulatory environments, digital skills, and innovative technology startups.

On its part, Google has become a longtime partner in Africa’s economic growth and digital transformation with huge investments in a major submarine telecommunications cable, the Seacom cable.

Dr. James Manyika, Google’s Senior Vice President of Research, Technology & Society, who also spoke at the event, said:

“With advanced technologies like AI, the most profound transformation is yet to come. Working together with African Development Bank, Google will offer technical assistance to bolster entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in digitizing their businesses, securing financing, mastering digital marketing, and advancing private sector development.

“Collaboration will be essential if Africa is to realize this opportunity, building for everyone and ensuring no-one is left behind. We are excited to collaborate with the African Development Bank to work towards this shared commitment.”

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Zambian neo-bank, Lupiya raises $8.25m to expand access to financial services

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Zambia’s leading neo-bank, Lupiya has announced securing $8.25 million from Alitheia IDF Fund, a private equity fund known for its gender-focused investments, in a bid to expand access to financial services for startups and small scale businesses.

The fundraising, according to Evelyn Chilomo Kaingu, co-founder and CEO of Lupiya, it would enable the outfit “bridge financial inclusion gap, as well as offer technology-driven, user-friendly financial solutions to the unbanked and underbanked populations in Zambia.”

“This Series A investment marks a significant milestone in our journey to continue serving our customers and the opportunity to further provide holistic financial solutions,” Kaingu said.

“Lupiya’s vision and dedication to financial and gender inclusion resonates deeply with our own objectives. We believe that with this funding, we will be better equipped to make financial services accessible to many more Zambians.

“The team at Lupiya has worked hard and is excited for the new phase of our growth. With the support of Alitheia IDF, INOKS Capital, Mastercard, and Kfw DEG, we are better poised to scale our operations and deepen our footprint not just in Zambia but also in the broader Southern and East African region”, Kaingu added.

According to her, the newly acquired capital will be directed towards strengthening Lupiya’s technological infrastructure, expanding its range of financial products, and extending its reach to a wider customer base.

The startup which was launched in 2016, has emerged as a leading player in Zambia’s rapidly evolving fintech landscape and boasts of an impressive roster of supporters, including industry giants like Mastercard, Google, World Bank, and the UN International Trade Centre.

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