Kenyan B2B ecommerce platform Sokowatch raises $2m in seed funding

Featured image: Sokowatch founders Daniel Yu (third from left) and Josh Midldleman (second from right) in 2015 (Sokowatch via Facebook)
Featured image: Sokowatch founders Daniel Yu (third from left) and Josh Midldleman (second from right) in 2015 (Sokowatch via Facebook)

Nairobi based B2B ecommerce platform Sokowatch has reportedly raised $2-million in a seed round led by Africa-focused early stage venture firm 4Dx Ventures.

The investment was first reported by US tech publication TechCrunch yesterday (26 July). Four other venture capital firms: Lynett CapitalGolden Palm InvestmentsOutlierz Ventures and Village Global were reportedly involved in the round.

Sokowatch — which was founded in 2013 by CEO Daniel Yu and COO Josh Middleman — enables informal retailers in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to place orders via SMS or its mobile app, with free same-day delivery to their shops.

In addition, the company also works with a number of multinational and local companies — including Procter & gamble, Unilever, and METL Group —  to increase access to their goods in low-income areas.

Last year in August, Sokowatch was among 20 startups selected to join the the first cohort of the World Bank’s XL Africa accelerator in Cape Town.

Then, in October last year tech site Disrupt Africa reported that the startup had received an undisclosed strategic investment from Nairobi-based Chandaria Industries’ investment vehicle Chandaria Capital.

Read more: Here are the 20 startups that will take part in accelerator XL Africa’s first cohort

Featured image: Sokowatch founders Daniel Yu (third from left) and Josh Midldleman (second from right) in a 2015 picture (Sokowatch via Facebook)

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