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DEAL: Egyptian B2B food startup, MaxAB raises $40 million in series A round for expansion

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MaxAB, Egypt’s leading wholesale food and grocery B2B ordering app has raised $40 million in Series A funding.
Investors in this round include IFC, Flourish Ventures, Crystal Stream Capital, Rise Capital, Endeavour Catalyst, and Maxab’s existing investors Beco Capital and 4DX Ventures.

Founded in 2018 by Belal El-Megharbel and Mohamed Ben Halim, MaxAB helps small retailers in Egypt procure inventory for their stores using its mobile app. It makes procurement easy for retailers by enabling them to order everything from one supplier (MaxAB), offering transparent pricing and 24-hour delivery. Normally, a traditional retailer has to deal with multiple suppliers to order inventory for their stores.

Since its launch, the startup has helped over 55,000 retailers in Egypt, fulfilling more than 1 million orders, and creating 1,600 direct jobs in the process, according to Techcrunch

The startup plans to use the latest funds to first expand across every key city in Egypt by the end of the year and then in some new markets across the region. The money will also be used to scale recently launched verticals including new supply chain and embedded finance solutions.

What they are saying

Belal El-Megharbel, co-founder and CEO of Maxab, said, “Three years ago we embarked on an ambitious mission to create a more cohesive, transparent and efficient food and grocery supply chain in Egypt. This additional capital will allow us to continue to give retailers the economies of scale our platform offers while serving many more new customers. Being backed by a diverse group of renowned and experienced investors will enable us to rapidly scale our operations across the MENA region and developing markets.”

Ahmed Badreldin, Managing Partner at RMBV commented: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the unique structure of Egypt’s economy, with hundreds of thousands of shopkeepers and small businesses becoming the lifeline of our country at the time of crisis.

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