German investor Allianz X chooses Uganda’s SafeBoda as its first African investment

Meet SafeBoda, the African ride-hailing and fintech company

Ugandan bike-hailing startup, SafeBoda has secured a Series B investment co-led by Allianz X and Go-Ventures. This was announced on Tuesday, May 7 by Allianz X.

Allianz X is the digital investment unit of Germany’s Allianz Group, and part of the group’s Renewal Agenda while Go-Ventures is the venture capital arm of Indonesian startup—GOJEK, investing globally in early-stage ventures.

Allianz revenue of 130.6 billion euros places it firmly in the top 5 largest financial services companies in the world. Allianz X invest in digital growth companies that are part of their ecosystems related to insurance: Mobility, Connected Property, Connected Health, Wealth Management & Retirement, and Data Intelligence & Cybersecurity while also helping to drive innovation across Allianz operating entities.

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