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Goodwell leads $50m Series C in Copia

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Jan. 24, 2022, 3:50 p.m.
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Goodwell Investments has led a $50m Series C equity round in Copia Global, a B2C e-commerce platform with a distribution solution to serve the rapidly growing 750 million middle and low-income African consumer market.

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Goodwell Investments has led a $50m Series C equity round in Copia Global, a B2C e-commerce platform with a distribution solution to serve the rapidly growing 750 million middle and low-income African consumer market.

Other significant participants in the funding are previous investors Lightrock, the German development finance institution DEG, and Perivoli Innovations.

They are joined by new investors Zebu Investment Partners, the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), and Koa Labs.

Els Boerhof, Managing Partner at Goodwell Investments, said: “Copia’s e-commerce model, built for the unique requirements of the African market, is the next big leapfrogging technology; just like mobile phones leapfrogged landlines and solar power leapfrogged the grid, Copia is leapfrogging retail.”

“Goodwell believes Copia's unique B2C e-commerce approach, dramatically different from Western e-commerce, is the only one to successfully serve the mass market,” she said.

Launched in Kenya in 2013, Copia Global harnesses mobile technologies, a network of local Agents, and proprietary Copia Logistics to reach a market that formal retail and Western e-commerce models cannot.

Copia brings quality products at the lowest market prices delivered at no cost to thousands of customers every day. To date, the company has fulfilled more than 10 million orders.

Copia will use the capital to grow its proven model across East Africa and to expand into other African countries, extending its service to millions of Africa’s underserved consumers.

The company has built a network of more than 25,000 Agents, small shopkeepers who serve as order and delivery points, across Kenya and Uganda.

This allows customers to choose how they interact with Copia – online or offline. Operating its own technology-enabled world-class logistics service, Copia can deliver to the most remote locations, even in places with poor road infrastructure or lack of addresses, at no additional cost to the customer.

“While mobile technology underpins all we do, it is Copia’s relentless focus on building trust – by providing low prices, quality products, reliable delivery, and uncompromising customer service - that has enabled Copia to succeed in a market that many perceived impossible,” said Tim Steel, CEO of Copia Global.

According to the IMF, consumer spending in Africa is projected to reach $2.1trn by 2025, with the middle class driving this growth, a vast source of potential for prosperity.

However, due to high logistics costs, formal retailers and Western-style e-commerce companies struggle to profitably serve this customer group.

Tackling geographical barriers with world-class delivery capabilities, truck routing software, local knowledge, and mobile tracking technology, Copia can profitably serve a previously unprofitable market.

“I would like to extend a warm thank you to Goodwell and all our Series C investors. The funding enables Copia to grow rapidly and enable millions of African consumers to access quality household products, save money and make their lives better,” said Tracey Turner, Founder and Chairman of Copia Global.

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