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Africa’s youngest billionaire backs Indian startup in $1.1-million funding round

Swirl secures funding to drive expansion into U.S. and UAE markets

by Omokolade Ajayi
Mohammed Dewji

In a seed funding round led by Shastra VC (formerly Veda VC) and boasting participation from Angel investors, including Africa’s youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji, Indian video commerce company Swirl has raised $1.1 million, signaling a significant leap toward the startup’s global market aspirations.

The seed funding, led by Shastra VC, marks a pivotal moment for Swirl as it positions itself to extend its video commerce services to the lucrative U.S. and UAE markets. With a vision to penetrate markets valued at more than $100 billion, Kaizad Hansotia, founder and CEO of Swirl, expressed optimism about the company’s growth trajectory.

Apart from Shastra VC, notable angel investors contributing to the $1.1 million funding round include Mohammed Dewji, East Africa’s richest man. The roster also features industry leaders such as Haptik CEO Aakrit Vaish, former Freshworks Chief Technology Officer Shan Krishnasamy, and former Flipkart Senior Vice President Anil Goteti, among others.

Swirl secures funding to drive expansion into US and UAE markets

Hansotia, founder and CEO of Swirl, expressed enthusiasm about the funding round’s impact on the company’s growth trajectory. With plans to penetrate the lucrative U.S. and UAE markets, Swirl aims to leverage the capital infusion to bolster its product suite. Emphasizing deep AI integration, Hansotia highlighted Swirl’s commitment to delivering enhanced video commerce experiences, driven by contextual insights extracted at scale.

Hansotia outlined Swirl’s strategic focus on harnessing AI to revolutionize the video commerce landscape. By leveraging AI-driven metadata analysis and LLM (language learning models), Swirl aims to elevate customer experiences to new heights, promising a tenfold improvement over existing standards. Additionally, these innovations are poised to bolster SEO performance, attracting organic traffic through enriched metadata.

Dewji’s commitment to high-growth regions: From $100-million Rwandan ventures to Swirl’s seed funding

Dewji’s involvement in Swirl’s seed funding round aligns with his demonstrated interest in impactful investments. Having previously unveiled a $100-million strategy to invest in prominent Rwandan companies in 2023, Dewji continues to show commitment to regions with significant growth potential.

With his net worth surging to $1.8 billion in the present year, largely attributed to the revaluation of his stakes in MeTL Group, Dewji’s strategic investments continue to shape the regional business landscape.

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