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Meet Amplify Pay, The Startup Assumedly Called Nigeria’s Number One Recurring Payments Platform

If you are a keen observer of the Nigerian startup scene you will have realized that there’s a large number of fin-tech startups. By our count there are more than twenty of them. One of such startups is Amplify Pay, a startup that has made it easier to collect recurring & subscription-based payments.

Faith History spoke with Segun Adeyemi, one of its Co-founder, in this interview. Keep reading to learn more about the startup.

 

First, Let’s Meet Segun Adeyemi, Co-founder at Amplify Pay

Segun Adeyemi studied Economics at the University of Lagos where he a built a game called SoccerQuiz.  He built the web game together with a friend. The app was not financially profitable but it was one way to feed his interest in technology. Segun Adeyemi had a passion for technology even though he never studied it at the degree level. He joined the labor market as an intern at a technology company. He also worked as an Investment Banker sometime afterwards.

His foray into the technology was later established when he applied to the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana. His application was successful and he got into the incubator program. He resigned from his employment at the time in order to attend the one year program. During the program at MEST, he learnt a lot of things about Entrepreneurship and was able to test out his ideas. MEST provides everything that Entrepreneurs need to succeed at the initial stage of their journey and beyond. Segun Adeyemi and his Co-founder were able to eventually secure seed funding from MEST. Another startup that has benefited from MEST is Oncenout. Check out its interview with Faith History here.

 

What Exactly Does Amplify Pay Do?

Segun Adeyemi and his team started working on the idea sometimes towards the end of 2015. Amplify Pay was officially launched in Nigeria in June 2016.  Amplify Pay helps businesses collect and manage their online payments. The startup focuses on recurring and subscription-based payments. Mr. Adeyemi considers his platform the most effective way to accept recurring payments in Nigeria as at today. His startup consults and works with micro-finance banks and online lenders. They help these firms think through their automation and digital strategy. Amplify Pay assists some of them in automating disbursements.

‘Amplify Payment Forms’ helps small businesses and startups accept electronic payments in less than five minutes. Users can simply login to the platform and generate payments links. Afterwards, they may share this link with their customers. Customers can buy and make payments for goods and services using the link.

Don’t forget to listen to the full interview here. Check out our previous episode here and here. We would like to hear from you in the comments.

Medsaf Is Making It Way Easier To Procure Genuine Drugs In Nigeria

Fake drugs are a major killer in developing countries like Nigeria. The peddlers looking to make quick money sell substandard drugs to individuals. Medsaf is working to make this a thing of the past.

Faith History spoke with two of the startup’s Founders, Vivian Nwakah and Temitope Awosika, in this interview.

 

Medsaf: Meet The Founders

Vivian Nwakah one of the Co-founders was born in Chicago in the United States of America (USA) and attended the University of Illinois. She then proceeded to Georgia State for Business School and also went to The Federal University of Rio in Brazil. Vivian first came to Nigeria as an Intern and has remained in the country to build Medsaf. She was impacted by Nigerian healthcare industry and the opportunities that were in it. She currently holds the CEO title at Medsaf.

Temitope Awosika on the other hand is the Chief Pharmacist of Medsaf. She attended schools in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She returned about two years ago to found Medsaf. Her work experience before the startup including service at a Community Pharmacy and Hospitals in the United Kingdom. When she returned to Nigeria, she worked at an hospital where she discovered how chaotic it was to buy drugs. There was a situation where she was unable to access a particular drug for a patient suffering respiratory depression.

 

Medsaf: Here’s Why Its Work Is Critical

Medsaf’s motto is “quality and safe medication is a fundamental human right”. The startup uses technology to make the procurement of drugs more efficient. Its platform aggregates multinational and local drug manufacturers. It also aggregates hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. The startup then connects connects both groups. It helps drug buyers avoid the current tedious process of purchasing quality medication. It helps buyers save time and money. The startup is a B2B company it therefore doesn’t cater to end consumers. Its work however directly impacts end consumers. It literally saves lives as it allows them get the drugs they need. The startup also protects them from the danger of fake drugs.

The startup is already in the process of launching in other countries asides Nigeria. They have also received calls to launch in the United States of America. Buyers in the USA are seeking a more transparent process of procuring drugs. It is quite tough to find cost effective medication in the USA. Vivian believes if Medsaf can work in the Nigeria then they can adapt it to any other location.

You can take a lot at their website here. Don’t forget to listen to the full interview here. You can also check out our previous episode here and here. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Iyali Foods Will Deliver Fresh Farm Food To Your Doorstep

Nigeria is rich in arable land and agricultural produce. Its citizens should have no business going hungry. The challenges as experts have identified include food distribution and storage. Iyali Foods is a startup that is looking to take on this problem. It wants to ensure Food Security in Nigeria.

Faith History interviewed its Founder; Seyi Albert on this episode of the Everything Digital Radio Show.

 

Iyali Foods: A Little Bit About Its Founder Seyi Albert

Seyi Albert is the Founder at Iyali Foods. Seyi considers himself a techie and a foodie. The founder worked five years in the digital media space before launching Iyali Foods. He was also the Social Media Lead for the Buhari Campaign. He first got the idea for Iyali Foods in 2013. Seyi experimented with the idea under a different name before he launched it fully about a year ago. His grandparents were farmers and his Dad used to do the grocery shopping unlike most African homes. Seyi’s paternal grandmother owned a restaurant which probably explains why his Dad did the grocery shopping.

 

Iyali Foods: Making Farm Fresh Food Accessible

Iyali is an Hausa word which means family.  The startup’s goal is to make affordable food easily accessible. It takes off the stress of going to the market to do your grocery shopping. At the initial stage, clients could send their grocery shopping list via Whatsapp. The list would specify the quantity and sizes of the grocery items. The startup founder would then proceed to issue them an electronic invoice. After payment is finalized, delivery of the items will take place. The prices for the groceries are affordable. They are the same as you would get at your farmer’s market.

The food items Iyali Foods delivers ranges from vegetables to vegetable oil. The startup has access to variants of popular food items Nigerians consume. They have access to about four types of cabbages, lettuces etc. The food categories available on Iyali Foods include; Fruits, Tuber, Vegetables, Grain, Pepper, Herbs, Meat & Fish.

 

Iyali Foods: Ensuring Optimum Food Security In Nigeria

Iyali Foods helps farmers prevent food wastage due to logistical challenges. The startup has built a logistical network that delivers to its clients on time. It is able to source farm produce from farmers & related partners who are far from its end consumers. Many of whom are based in Lagos State. It sources from partners in Jos, Plateau State and other parts of Nigeria.

Iyali Foods delivers to clients in the following service areas in Lagos:

  • Lekki
  • Victoria Island
  • Ikoyi
  • VGC
  • Abraham Adesanya
  • Banana Island

You can try out the platform here. Do not forget to listen to the full interview here. Finally check out our previous episode here and here. Please let us know what you think in the comments.

Drinks.ng Wants To Deliver Your Liquor Orders To You At Anytime Of The Day

If you live in any part of Nigeria, there are typically two ways to get beverages (these include alcoholic & non-alcoholic). You either walk into a store to pick them up or call a vendor.  Drinks.ng is making this process easier for everyone. The four-year-old drinks ordering platform will deliver at any time on Lagos Island, Nigeria. It currently runs a 24-hour service in Africa’s most valuable startup ecosystem.

Faith History had a chat with LanreAkinlagun on Episode 107 of the Everything Digital Radio show. Listen to the interview here.

 

Drinks.ng: A Brief Profile Of The Founder

LanreAkinlagun studied Marketing & Mass Communication at the London Metropolitan University. He fell in love with technology during his time at University. He got his first job after University at Universal Pictures. As part of his portfolio, he had the task of understanding the digital space and its implications for traditional business models.This task was the start of his journey in the digital marketing space. He later moved to join Vizeum, a digital marketing agency.

Although he is not a developer, Lanre considers himself as a techie from a digital marketing point of view. He has spent the past 12-13 years in the digital marketing space.

 

Drinks.ng: Here’s How It All Started

He first got the idea to start Drinks.ng when he was asked to purchase drinks for a wedding. Lanre was frustrated as there was no single place to get all the drinks he needed. He was advised to either go to the open market or call ‘a certain guy’.  According to Lanre, everyone had a certain guy you could call. He started Drinks.ng to make it easier for consumers to get the drinks they want in any quantity. The startup’s goal is to help consumers get authentic drinks at competitive prices.

 

“Our Beverages At Drinks.ng Are Authentic” – Lanre Akinlagun

Consumers ordering from the platform should be rest assured of the authenticity of the beverages. Drinks.ng works directly with all the manufacturers of the major brands.  They include MOET Hennessy, PernodRicard, Diageo etc.According to Lanre, the startup has a solid relationship with all of the major manufacturers. One proof of the solid relationship is the fact that some of them have taken the Founder on trips across the world. For example, Lanre has visited the Champagne and Cognac regions in France courtesy some of the manufacturers.

Additionally, the startup has great deals from time to time. For example, if a consumer orders two bottles of MOET, they could get two bottles of mini MOET. The startup also gives out goody bags when they get invited for interviews.

 

 

“Drinks.ng Has Got Footprints Across Nigeria” – LanreAkinlagun

The organization currently deliversdrinks to 24 states across Nigeria. Keep in mind that there are 36 states in Nigeria. Consumers outside Lagos can order as little as one bottle. Drinks.ng has an office in Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria. The startup is also opening its Port Harcourt (the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria) office soonest.Drinks.ng also delivers beverages to events, clubs, etc. at any hour of the day on Lagos Island. The organization will get drinks to any part of Eastern Nigeria within 48 – 72 hours. It plans to be present across the whole of West Africa in the next 3 – 5 years.

According to LanreAkinlagun, there are typically three major reasons why people outside Lagos order drinks from them. First, their local vendor’s prices are slightly higher than Drinks.ng. Secondly, they are unable to get those drinks in their region. Finally, they have had a bad experience with their local vendor in the past.

Drinks.ng currently has a magazine called ‘Spirit’. The magazine features brand ambassadors from the beverage industry. It also contains informational and educative pieces about the beverage/liquor industry. There is also a catalogue of all the products you can get in Nigeria and where to get them.

Tell us what you think about this startup in the comments. Don’t forget to listen to the full interview here. Check out last week’s startup here and here. Also try out Drinks.ng here.

Five Edtech Startups In Nigeria Seeking To Transform The Education Sector That You Should Know

Education is a nation’s most important asset. It is arguably what differentiates a third-world country from a developed one. This article paints a stark image; there’s a 100-year gap in education standards between developed and developing countries (see diagram below). This is one reason why these edtech startups in Nigeria are very important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig. 1: Education in Developing Countries vs. Developed

 

Here are the five edtech startups attempting to change the narrative:

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Tuteria

Tuteria was founded by Godwin Benson and it’s mission is to help students or individuals find expert private tutors easily.  Godwin Benson won the Royal Academy of Engineering award in the United Kingdom (UK) earlier in the year. The team began working on the idea in 2013. It also helps tutors earn an income teaching subjects and skills. Subjects include Maths, English, Verbal & Quantitative reasoning, Science etc. Users can also learn skills like photography, music, public speaking etc.

The startup has a strong leaning towards trust. Its tutors are assessed, they take a test in most subjects. The score will determine if they will be allowed to teach the subject. Tuteria also conducts background checks and requests verified IDs. The two-way review system also keeps tutors accountable.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Proteach.ng

Obasolape Abiola is the founder of this edtech startup. It provides personalized home tutoring services to students & individuals. While it is similar to Tuteria, it is taking a different angle to home tutoring. It provides tutors with a consideration of the child or student’s learning style. The platform assesses a user’s learning style through a test. It then matches the learner with a tutor based on the result of the assessment.

Proteach is one of the startups in Venture Platform’s (VP) portfolio. It pitched at VP’s first demo day as part of its first cohort. Venture Platform describes itself as a startup that builds startups. Additionally, it finds and funds innovative startups in Africa. VP injected a seed fund of $20,000 into Proteach. Faith History spoke with Obasolape earlier this year, you can listen to the interview here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: ScholarX

ScholarX simply connects Africans with scholarship opportunities. Bola Lawal is the founder of this startup. It launched in Ghana through a partnership with AB review. Its app is available on the Google Play store and iTunes. Furthermore, it matches users with scholarship opportunities based on parameters such as State, Faculty, College, School, CGPA/Level etc.

ScholarX recently launched Village a crowdfunding platform which allows students create fund requests that sponsors can find and fund. Students are already benefiting from the platform as you’ll find here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: Elearn.ng

Elearn.ng focuses on vocational and technical education. This makes the startup different from others on the list. Michael Onobote and Chigozie Amaraegbeni are the founders of this startup. It provides skills training to individuals through its online learning platform and physical classes.

Skills categories include Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle, Photography, Food & Confectionery etc. Additionally, some of the trainers on the platform include Gbenga Ayo-Dada of Artsmith Academy, Mrs. Ikeolu Biobaku of Mix n Bake among others. You can read more about the startup here and listen to Faith History’s interview with Michael Onobote here.

 

Edtech Startups In Nigeria: PrepClass

This startup is also an online tutoring platform. This goes to imply the market size of the private tutoring business. Parents will go to any length to ensure that their children are academically successful. This is without considering that not only children use these tutoring platforms. Adults also use the platforms.

PrepClass is however  taking a different approach from the other platforms previously reviewed. First, it has a strong leaning towards test and exam preparation. Secondly, it has a proprietary online test prep software. Furthermore, it has a large pool of tutors. Finally, students can use the platform to prepare for a test without the aid of a tutor. Fast Company named it as one of the top most innovative companies in Africa. Here’s a good review of the startup.

In conclusion, we will continue to add more edtech startups as we review and interview founders. One initiative worthy of mention is Relearn by CcHub. Tell us what you think about this list in the comments. Also let us know what startups you think we should add to the list.

 

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Elearn.ng Is Seeking To Reduce Unemployment By Helping African Youths Acquire Vocational Skills

In 2016, the UN (United Nations) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, urged member countries to renew its resolve to invest more in empowering young people. Elearn.ng, a Nigerian edtech startup appears to have answered Mr. Moon’s call. Mr. Moon’s proclamation further acknowledged that more than 73 million youths were unemployed. This was on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day in 2016.  One of the most important ways to empower youths is through skills development.

Elearn.ng provides access to vocational and technical skills training that empowers young people to be economically successful. Faith History spoke with Michael Onobote, Cofounder – Elearn.ng in this interview. Many young people would never get access to jobs without skills development. This makes the case for the startup’s value proposition.

 

Elearn.ng: “How I Got Into Education Technology” – Michael Onobote (Co-founder)

Michael Onobote didn’t get into the education sector from the start. It took a bit of inquiring and thinking before he found himself in the sector. Initially a techie, Michael got his first degree in Information & Communications Technology. After a few years, he realized he was always involved in projects that were related to education. His final year project as an undergraduate focused on streaming educational content over a wireless network. During his National Youth Service year he was in an education community development group.

It didn’t take long before Michael realized he was passionate about education. Since he had a technology background, he decided to research how he could marry both fields. He ended up finding the term “education technology” after an online search. Once he found this, he proceeded to research the best schools in the world to learn about the term. Michael eventually ended up in Oxford University on a scholarship. He also worked on his research project in Osun State on the Opon Imo project. Subsequently, he got an internship role in UNESCO.

Elearn.ng: “How We Got Here After A Rocky Start”

The startup started off as a classifieds website where people could list their businesses and get connected to prospective learners. The startup’s broad focus was to help individuals find skills that they could learn in order to startup their own businesses. The startup later discontinued the classifieds model as it was capital intensive and tedious. It involved going from one skills trainer to another to convince them to list on the platform after paying a token. The startup later pivoted to an online learning platform for skills acquisition.

At the time it pivoted, the market was not exactly ready for the service. The founders however launched the service with a long term view in mind. Several reports on the importance of vocational skills development further convinced them they were on the right track.

Elearn.ng: How To Access The Startup’s Service

Elearn.ng’s mission is to empower people with skills so they can have a better life. You can access the platform via your website and mobile phones. Users can access the platform via this link. Elearn.ng’s training courses are available via its website. It also facilitates classroom skills training for young people.  Additionaly, the startup also provides home tutoring.

Users can take a course on the platform while trainers can sign-up to become instructors. Skills categories include Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle, Photography, Food & Confectionery etc. Some of the trainers on the platform include Gbenga Ayo-Dada of Artsmith Academy, Mrs. Ikeolu Biobaku of Mix n Bake among others.

Do not forget to listen to the full interview here. Tell you what you think about this startup in the comments.

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Here you have it – Oversabi Stitches 

This digital brand pitches timely delivery, creative style and more…

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Chatting with Faith History about her cool brand is the founder of Oversabi Stitches, Sabina Bisong and she shares more light about her background and how she delved in to sewing.

Have a listen and discover 5 cool things about Oversabi Stitches you didn’t know about.

 

Ginger Box.com.ng

On this episode we discover an online delivery service for healthy fresh produce that combines wide range of fruits and vegetables plus seafood to satisfy each customers’ unique preference.

Kunle Jinadu with Faith
Kunle Jinadu with Faith

With delivery services ranging from individual fruit box options, to monthly subscription based options and fully customised packages. Faith chats with founder, Kunle Jinadu on his journey from previous startups to creating Gingerbox.com.ng and his vision of providing a healthier lifestyle for the average Nigerian professional, student and family through this amazing new start-up.

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