Sokowatch's $14 Million Series A Financing

Sokowatch's $14 Million Series A Financing


Sokowatch's $14 Million Series A Financing

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP advised Sokowatch.

Kenya based B2B e-commerce startup Sokowatch has raised $14 million in Series A funding toward its mission of revamping supply-chain markets for Africa’s informal retailers.

From Nairobi, the company has created a platform that connects merchants directly to local and multinational suppliers — such as Unilever and Proctor and Gamble — and digitizes orders, payments and delivery-logistics.

Since launching in 2016, and raising a $2 million seed round in 2018, Sokowatch has expanded within Kenya and into Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

With its Series A, the startup plans to broaden its client services — from working-capital to data-analytics — and target new African markets, according to CEO Daniel Yu.

The Gunderson Dettmer deal team included Bradley Krack (Picture), Ryan Purcell, Amy Luong and David Behrend.