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Smile ID NewsPress Release26 Apr 2023

Exciting News: We are acquiring Appruve to enhance our expertise & deepen our reach across Africa.

Peace Itimi

Director of Marketing


Today, we are excited to announce that Smile Identity has acquired Appruve's parent company (Inclusive Innovations, Inc.). We're currently fulfilling regulatory requirements to finalise the transaction for the affiliated entities in Africa. This strategic acquisition will enable us to expand our footprint across Africa and solidify our position as the continent's leading identity verification and digital KYC provider.

At Smile Identity, we have spent the past six years building our business by combining document verification, face verification, biometrics, and data integrations into local trusted ID authorities to verify people's true identities. Likewise, since 2018, Appruve has been using financial and identity data to detect fraud and automate compliance for businesses across Africa.

With both companies sharing a similar outlook on the problem of identity in Africa and a unified vision of the future success of Africa's digital economy, we believe that this acquisition will provide an unmatched solution to the market and enable millions more Africans to prove their true identity online easily.

Speaking on the acquisition, our CEO, Mark Straub, said, “With this acquisition, we can strengthen our overall understanding of the direction of KYC in Africa. This includes our knowledge of the markets, our relationships with regulators, and our collaborations with compliance officers across the continent in both the public and private sectors.”

Joining forces with Appruve results in an expanded suite of APIs, including mobile money, data, and anti-fraud checks, providing customers with a more comprehensive digital identity verification solution. In addition, the combined entity will now cover over 1 billion Africans, the African diaspora, and 100 million African businesses, supporting over 230 documents and data types with integration options for every device and operating system combination in Africa.

“From a product standpoint, we’re excited to work with Smile Identity on fraud-related data sources, an area that Appruve has looked at extensively and built some infrastructure around. On the other hand, Smile Identity just rolled out an AML product, and when combined with these datasets and our shared presence across multiple markets, we will provide the best possible experience for all of our clients across Africa” - Paul Damalie, CEO and Founder, Appruve.

Furthermore, this acquisition will enable us to deepen our presence in Ghana and expand into francophone Africa, focusing on Cote D'Ivoire and Senegal. With the ability to verify all local identity documents across Francophone Africa, we are now even more relevant to our clients, banks and financial services institutions serving West Africa.

For the next few weeks, Appruve and Smile Identity will work on completing the required administrative processes to conclude the acquisition of Appruve’s local entities. As a result, our customers can expect a steady transition process, an expanded product offering, a full suite of SDK and API integration methods, and global time zone customer support coverage.

We are thrilled to welcome Appruve to the Smile Identity family and look forward to working together to achieve our unified vision for Africa's digital economy.

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