Did you miss the TC Edtech Townhall? Here’s what went down

On Friday, 29 November 2019, TechCabal hosted its fourth townhall for 2019. TC Townhall: EdTech and the Future of Work was a dynamic event that brought together education technology entrepreneurs and innovators preparing people for the jobs of the future. Held at the Zone Tech Park in Gbagada, the goal of the townhall was to …

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French VC firm Partech is fishing for innovation in Africa’s informal economy

A year ago, venture capital fund Partech Africa gained attention following its investments in two promising African startups. South Africa’s Yoco provides portable point-of-sale machines to merchants, without contracts or monthly fees. TradeDepot, a Nigerian mobile B2B firm, gives retailers access to a wide range of goods directly available from FMCG factories. Yoco and TradeDepot …

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Why your favourite African startups are incorporating abroad

Venture funding in Nigeria’s tech industry has been growing over the years. Yet most investments have come from funds domiciled abroad. Although VCs are increasingly launching funds aimed at investing in Nigeria and other African startups, only few of them keep their funds in Africa. And this has implications on how startups secure funding and …

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My Life In Tech: The silent voltron that is Titi Akinsanmi

Google’s Policy and Government Relations Lead (West/Francophone Africa), Titi Akinsanmi’s life and career, an intricately intertwined unit, are built on three pillars: a four-word mandate, a Latin mantra and actionable faith. On the evening we meet, she is preparing to attend Google’s end of year Christmas party in Lagos having been in the country a …

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Jiji raises $21 million as competition with OList grows stiffer

Jiji, the Nigeria-based classifieds listing company, has raised $21 million Series C funding from six investors. The round was led by Knuru Capital, an Abu Dhabi-based venture capital fund that focuses on late-stage companies. Founded in 2014 by Ukrainians Anton Wolyansky and Vladimir Mnogoletniy, Jiji is one of the biggest classifieds listing company in Africa. …

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No porn or dirty texts: A Nigerian in Saudi Arabia shares his tech culture shock

“Chief, let me text you when I come back from work, there’s no network in the desert.” That’s the WhatsApp message from *John, who has worked in Saudi Arabia for the last four years. What takes a Nigerian to Saudi Arabia to work in the desert where the weather gets as hot as 60°C? Turn …

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No end in sight to the plight of Lagos’ bike-hailing operators as seizures continue

At the Yaba bus stop in Lagos, eager merchants are sweeping and spreading out their day’s wares. The bustle is swelling. Eager motorcyclists are calling out to hurried pedestrians from a makeshift bike park when I notice an ORide motorcyclist zigzagging towards the park slowly. He wrestles his motorcycle with a disheveled man who is …

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Cars45 expands to Ghana and Kenya weeks after parent company raises $400 million

Cars45 has expanded its footprint to Ghana and Kenya, weeks after its parent company Frontier Car Group closed a $400m Series D funding round.  FCG, which operates in 10 countries, including Nigeria, is an online marketplace for used cars. The company operates primarily in emerging markets where low disposable incomes mean that brand new cars …

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