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BNPL Super App ZoodPay raises $38M Series B November 12, 2021 in News

Sturgeon portfolio company ZoodPay, the frontier market “Buy Now Pay Later” (BNPL) Super App, has successfully raised $38M in its latest funding round. With further participation by Sturgeon alongside Zain Group’s venture capital arm ‘Zain Ventures’, and other key strategic global investors.

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Not From Silicon Valley Podcast: Buy Now, Pay Later in Central Asia and the Levant (ZoodPay) November 10, 2021 in Audio & Video

Michael Khoi, founder of ZoodPay, one of Sturgeon's largest investments, joins David Zabinsky to discuss BNPL (Buy now, pay later) and how ZoodPay is revolutionising e-commerce by providing short term credit to customers in frontier markets where such finance hasn't previously been available.

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Frontier Giants: Companies to Watch in Emerging Markets October 29, 2021 in Articles

Great businesses are being built in Africa, Latin America, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and beyond. Here's a small selection to watch.

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PeopleForce raises $700k to expand its HR Management solution for SMB’s in frontier markets September 21, 2021 in News

PeopleForce, an HRM solution based out of Kyiv, Ukraine, closes their latest round of investment led by Sturgeon Capital, with the participation of other strategic investors.

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Interview: How and why do British investors invest in startups in Central Asia? September 17, 2021 in News

Sturgeon Investment Director, Robin Butler, is interviewed by STEPPE magazine and discusses the specifics of investing in technology startups in the Central Asian market, Sturgeon's search for interesting startups and the conditions for working with companies in the region.

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FinTech debt as an asset class September 11, 2021 in Frontier Blog

Guest content on FinTech debt as an asset class from CrossBoundary, an influential advisor to investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers in emerging markets.

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Interview with Ali Farid Khwaja: Founder of KTrade (KASB) September 10, 2021 in Frontier Blog

In our interview with Ali Farid Khwaja, founder of KTrade (a Pakistani stock trading app), we learn about his experience of growing a company in a frontier market.

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Swvl: solving mass transit problems in frontier markets August 31, 2021 in Frontier Blog

We report on Swvl, a company solving mass transit problems in frontier markets that is set to become the first Egyptian start-up to go public outside of Egypt.

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Trendyol, Hepsiburada, and the rise of Turkish tech August 31, 2021 in Frontier Blog

We discuss the rise of Turkish technology start-ups, focusing in particular on Trendyol and Hepsiburada.

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Kaspi: The shapeshifter August 24, 2021 in News

The incredible story of Kaspi. From humble beginnings as a Kazakhstan commercial bank, to becoming one of the world's most dominant and comprehensive super-apps. Insight into this frontier markets business with comment from Sturgeon CIO, Kyan Zandiyeh.

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