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  • Welcome to UNITED, an American impact organization dedicated to solving Africa’s sustainability challenges by providing transformative and innovation-driven services and solutions to governments, public institutions, private companies and consumers. UNITED is a diversified consortium of over 20 mission-driven companies operating in 10 countries and in 10 industries.

Financial Technology

UNITED powers multiple fintech solutions to drive financial inclusion in Africa. We operate a licensed digital money and remittance service, a core banking system, a digital finance platform and various mobile financial services such as microloan and microsaving.

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Telecom

We drive last-mile connectivity by deploying broadband solutions and Value-Added Services (VAS) for telecom operators (mobile financial services, gaming and entertainment). Our solutions are deployed in 50 countries and serve over 40 telecom operators.

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Investment

We are building a large-scale impact investment initiative in partnership with global investors and impact leaders to support Africa's economic transformation in the area of healthcare, connectivity, training, infrastructure and financial inclusion.

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Infrastructure & Real Estate

UNITED is managing a large-scale impact initiative focused on infrastructure and EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) with a pipeline of over $1 billion in projects across Africa. Our consortium is also active as a residential and commercial builder.

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Energy & Commodities

Our consortium company MXO Group is an agribusiness leader that owns several brands that are available in more than 800 stores including Whole Food, Target and Sam's Club. We also supply commodities such as wheat and rice to international buyers.

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Media & Entertainment

We are active in the gaming and eSports sector with a pipeline of mobile games to be launched in Africa in partnership with telecom operators and gaming communities. We are also working on an initiative to build and operate an eSports arena in West Africa.

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We are a global coalition of change leaders and high-impact organizations that have united to solve Africa’s biggest challenges.

LATEST NEWS

The UNITED team is constantly on the road meeting with great partners, entrepreneurs, clients, consumers, impact leaders and government officials. With a presence in the US, Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, India, Senegal, Niger, Mauritania, Morocco, Rwanda and Ethiopia, we engage with all key stakeholders in each market we support. Visit our News section for more updates.

30 May

UNITED’s Covid-19 Response Featured on The Next Web

Leading publication The Next Web featured UNITED’s Covid-19 response in its entrepreneur’s guide to COVID-19. The Next Web (TNW) is a ...

28 May

UNITED Partners Ali Diallo and Maria Dayton Speak at Singular University’s Future of Work Summit

UNITED CEO Ali Diallo and partner Maria Dayton, two White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, spoke at Singular University’s Future of Work ...

Our ventures are making an impact in frontier markets by advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals such as poverty alleviation, economic growth, clean energy, quality education, decent work & good health.

Building high-impact projects and innovation-driven initiatives to enable wealth creation for people of African descent

UNITED stands for “Unified Network of Initiatives for Transformational Economic Development”. The Harvard Business Review defines transformational economic development as an ecosystem of leaders and organizations that create sustainable and innovative solutions to the world’s biggest problems effectively combining high-growth economic impact with long-term societal impact.As a diversified group and consortium of venture builders and innovation-driven companies, we work with governments, private equity investors, central banks, financial institutions, telecom operators, startups, entrepreneurs, global educators and multinationals to solve Africa’s sustainability challenges.

Meet The United Companies

 

United Global Capital
United Global Capital
Impact Investment
United Global Capital is an impact investment company dedicated to fostering good health, job creation, and income growth in Africa.

Washington D.C. (USA)

Impact United
Impact United
Impact Investment
Impact@United is a global initiative that aims to advance Africa's socio-economic development by combining large, multisectoral resources under a shared model and a venture-building approach. The initiative is contributing to the creation of inclusive and knowledge economies and to the advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through global connectivity and network economics.

Washington D.C. | Africa

Solaris
Solaris
Investment Analytics | Market Intelligence
Solaris, which means “pertaining to the sun”, is an impact analytics platform that brings more visibility to the aggregated impact of the UNITED ecosystem. Solaris provides real-time reporting and market intelligence based on the economic data that is generated by the UNITED ventures. These indicators will ultimately support UNITED's thesis and theory of change.

Washington D.C. (USA)

Qanex
Qanex
Investment Consulting
Qanex is UNITED’s founding entity and a managing member of the consortium. As a Canadian investment consulting firm with deep knowledge of the EMEA market and strong investment expertise, the company provides deal structuring and funding mechanism services to a wide array of clients ranging from governments and economic operators to technology companies and investment groups. Qanex currently manages a series of industrial projects totaling $1 Billion.

Montreal, Canada

Infiniti Financial Group
Infiniti Financial Group
Digital Finance | Financial Inclusion
Infiniti Financial Group provides a suite of digital finance solutions to Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and credit unions which are known in Africa as SACCOs (Savings And Credit Cooperatives). The INFINITI platform includes a Digital Core Banking System (complete with Employee & Branch Management) and a suite of modular banking products such as Microcredit, Microsaving and Social Saving Clubs (Tontine). The modules are entirely customizable and deployed depending on each customer’s needs. Infiniti Financial Group also provides a white label mobile wallet for customers who which to deploy their own mobile wallet and increase their reach.

West Africa

United Labs
United Labs
AI | Data Analytics | Software Development
United Labs is an American startup and the technology arm of the UNITED consortium. The tech company operates as a startup studio that addresses global sustainability challenges using next-generation technology such as AI, Big Data, mobile money and predictive analytics. With 30 full-time employees, a development center in India and offices in Senegal and New York, the company is devoted to enhancing the lives of communities through technology. United Labs built INFINITI, our proprietary digital banking platform, and Yamoney, a consumer-facing remittance and mobile money solution.

New York, USA | Africa

ECS
ECS
AI | Data Analytics | Software Development
ECS Inc., founded in 2004 is UNITED's New Jersey-based Data Analytics Firm. Our portfolio includes an AI Virtual Assistant, Data Lake Management Solutions, Data Science and Big Data Analytics products and services.

Chennai (India) | New Jersey (USA)

Yamoney
Yamoney
Mobile Money | Remittance
Yamoney (known in Francophone markets as “Yamoné”) is a digital currency that is deployed in partnership with Africa’s leading Mobile Money Operators and that is licensed by Africa’s leading financial institution. The solution, has already established partnerships with major retailers, telecom operators and remittance service providers. Yamoney is slated to go live in 2020 across several West African markets including Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and Mauritania.

West Africa

Unicom
Unicom
Digital Finance for Telecom Operators
Unicom (also known as United Telecom Group) provides Mobile Finance Services (MFS), Big Data and network optimization solutions to operators. Our MFS solutions include Airtime Credit, Beep Call, Microcredt, Microinsurance, Credit Scoring and IMEI registration. These solutions are designed to increase the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) of operators by creating alternative distribution channels while increasing mobile penetration. Unicom’s network optimization solution enables operators to deliver higher network speed (up to 5G) by leveraging our proprietary VRAN platform (Virtual Radio Access Network). Our VRAN solution powers several telecom operators, remote areas such as villages, and European municipalities. Unicom also provides analytics solutions to operators in partnership with United Labs, our data science company.

Washington D.C. | Africa

Blutel
Blutel
4G/5G Telecom Solution
Blutel (Blu Telecom) is a provider of LTE and VRAN solutions that enables 4G+ and 5G network speeds with minimal OPEX and CAPEX. Our platform creates a cloud-based virtual network that can deployed in a matter of hours and that is compatible with the operators’ current infrastructure. The network solution can be implemented as a fully independent countrywide LTE 4G/5G-ready network, an independent network covering remote areas or as a complimentary network to support an existing network. Blutel also operates BLU, a consumer broadband network that is deployed in remote areas such as small villages and that provides low-cost broadband Internet access. BLU is a Pan-African last-mile broadband solution that is deployed in partnership with telecom operators, impact investors and governments.

Washington D.C. | Africa

United VAS
United VAS
Telecom Value-Added Services
United VAS provides Value-Added Services (VAS) to telecom operators under a white label and revenue-sharing model. Our VAS solutions include carrier billing, mobile marketing, mobile gaming, Ring-Back Tones (RBT), entertainment, content stores and localized mobile content production and aggregation. The United VAS platforms are present in 22 markets and reach over 400 million mobile subscribers. Our entertainment and mobile content solutions are enabled by Disney, Sony Music, BBC and other leading infotainment providers. The platforms are supported by 100 full-time employees located in 5 offices in the US, Canada, Jordan, India and Africa.

Washington D.C. | Africa

AdWave
AdWave
Mobile Advertising | Ad Exchange
AdWave is a mobile and audio ad exchange that connects local and global advertisers with telecom subscribers. Unlike other mobile advertising services, AdWave helps mobile users monetize their demographic data, thus generating significant revenue-sharing opportunities for all. AdWave features a self-service ad exchange platform with powerful targeting capabilities for ad agencies, large enterprises, small businesses and everyday advertisers.

West Africa

Moneytime
Moneytime
eSports | Mobile Gaming
Moneytime is a competitive mobile game that provides daily cash prizes to African users. The game is deployed through our proprietary gaming engine that analyzes thousands of data points in real time and that powers a revenue-share model for users. Moneytime is deployed as a stand-alone version or in partnership with telecom operators.

West Africa

Gaming For Good
Gaming For Good
eSports | Mobile Gaming
Gaming For Good (G4G) is a California-based eSports gaming platform that combines the growing power of gaming with impact investing to address global sustainable challenges and social causes. With the support of institutional partners such as the UN and influencers (celebrities, entertainers, movie stars), players engage in competitions on the G4G platform and can donate their winnings to social causes that are aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). As an American eSports platform similar to Skills Games, G4G anticipates 400K daily users and a $400 Million gross annual revenue. 
Mobility Energy Solutions
Mobility Energy Solutions
Mobility Energy Solutions is an international provider of clean and renewable energy that works with governments, sovereign nations, industrial groups and economic operators to solve their green energy needs. We provide solar, wind, energy and biomass energy. Our team has more than 25 years of experience in renewable and clean energy solutions. We have worked on projects around the world with a total power production in excess of 1GW. Mobility Energy Solutions was founded to reduce the gap within the renewable energy arena by providing a full service of solutions to assist governments and entities in power cost reduction and electrification progression.

Montreal (Canada) | Africa

BRT
BRT
BRT (Battery Regeneration Technology) is a female-led company that helps organizations reduce their costs by regenerating lead acid batteries. BRT aims to advance green and renewable energy in Africa by promoting local employment and eco-friendly engagement. Our services cater to Mobile Network Operators, energy and utility companies and tower operators. The company is active in Rwanda, Ghana and Nigeria, with additional branches opening up in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger soon.

Rwanda | Ghana | Nigeria

Cilcila Properties
Cilcila Properties
Real Estate Development
Cilcila Properties is a residential real estate developer and property builder that operates in West Africa. The company is currently developing a series of new residential apartment complexes off the coast of Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire in partnership with regional financial institutions. Our residential properties provide African residents with an unparalleled quality of life.

West Africa

MXO Group
MXO Group
Commodity Trading
MXO Group is a successful Canadian economic operator and award-winning provider of healthy food products. The company leverages over 20 years of industry experience to distribute quality organic products at the national and international level. Our brands are available in over 800 food chains and grocery stores across North America including Whole Food, Kroger, Target, Shaw’s and Sam’s Club. We also supply commodities such as wheat and rice to international buyers. UNITED is currently working on introducing several food brands in West Africa.

Montreal (Canada)

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