Africa Roundup: ToLet Acquires JumiaHouse NG, Fb broadcasts NG_Hub, Interswitch IPO Replace
Lagos based mostly on-line actual property startup ToLet.com.ng acquired Jumia Home Nigeria for an undisclosed quantity. Jumia Home is a subsidiary of the continent’s lone tech unicorn — Pan-African e-commerce large Jumia.com.
ToLet and Jumia Home Nigeria will merge platforms beneath the brand new identify PropertyPro.ng.
The $1.2 million Collection A startup was in a position to purchase a part of a $1 billion firm with the assistance of its lead investor, Frontier Digital Ventures (FDV). Whereas ToLet initially reported to TechCrunch that FDV served primarily as a facilitator of the deal, each now affirm FDV helped finance the deal. FDV went slightly additional, and bought 100 p.c pursuits in Jumia Home Ghana, and Jumia Home Angola, in response to an organization spokesperson.
The brand new PropertyPro entity will mix ToLet’s and Jumia Home NG’s listings to create the most important on-line actual property listings platform in Nigeria with 65 p.c of the market, in response to ToLet Co-Founder Sulaiman Balogun. The platform will generate revenues primarily from agent subscription charges. PropertyPro may also develop brokers and listings throughout Nigeria and be out there on an Android app.
Fb’s New Nigeria Hub
Fb introduced the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, a Lagos based mostly tech area managed in partnership with CcHub Nigeria. TechCrunch checked in with CcHub CEO Bosun Tijani on the hub’s core particulars. “I feel the core of it’s for Fb to position a guess on excessive tech startups…that won’t get an opportunity in Africa―augmented actuality, synthetic intelligence…knowledge pushed ventures―and construct an area that may assist startups at that degree,” he mentioned.
The precise area will probably be based mostly Yaba, Tijani advised TechCrunch, referring to Lagos’s unofficial IT district.
“There will probably be a digital actuality lab, a creator lab, and a co-working area inside it,” he mentioned. “This system won’t be restricted to the area itself,” in response to Tijani, who mentioned NG_Hub will “run an acceleration program…so different expertise hubs from throughout Nigeria may assist startups by this system.” An official opening will probably be someday in Q1 of 2018.
Replace on Africa’s IPO Panorama
Nigerian fintech agency Interswitch—which supplies a lot of Nigeria’s digital banking and funds infrastructure—will probably go public on the LSE in 2019, in response to firm statements and sources. As reported in TechCrunch in 2016, the Helios Investment Partners backed firm (now past startup section) was poised for a list on the London inventory exchanges at a $1 billion valuation. Almost two years on it hasn’t occurred, delaying what would have been Africa’s first massive itemizing on a overseas alternate by a VC backed tech firm.
In a September 2017 interview, Interswitch Divisional Chief Government Officer Akeem Lawal named “unfavorable fairness markets” and reaffirmed an IPO, saying “It’ll occur earlier than the tip of 2019.”
TechCrunch checked in with a few Nigerian tech insiders on Interswitch’s prospects to change into Africa’s first massive IPO — and the chance one other enterprise may beat them to it.
Paga CEO Tayo Oviosu named Nigeria’s “macroeconomic state of affairs” and “ volatility of the Naira” as culprits for the delay—noting the Nigerian economic system and Naira improved in 2017. On timing for an Interswitch public itemizing, “They’re gearing themselves up to return and do an IPO…in all probability not subsequent yr, extra probably the yr after,” Oviosu advised TechCrunch.
Omobola Johnson — Nigeria’s former Minister of Communication Expertise and Senior Companion at TLCom Capital — thinks Interswitch continues to be ripe to go public. “Interswitch as an organization…nonetheless continues to do properly…Interswitch continues to be rising, it’s nonetheless worthwhile, and it nonetheless has vital market share in Nigeria and different African markets…They’re nonetheless very robust to be the [continent’s] first vital tech IPO,” Johnson mentioned. She named Andela, Twiga Foods, and Flutterwave as different future Africa IPO contenders, for a Three-5 yr window.
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· MEST Launches Incubator Areas in Lagos, Cape City―@VentureBurn
· African Fintech Firm JUMO Raises US$24M for Growth―@ITWebAfrica
· Feminine-Targeted Angel Funding Fund Launched in Africa―@DisruptAfrica
· AFF Disrupt To Herald Nigeria’s First Fintech Accelerator―@TechCabal
· China’s Transsion Dominates Africa Cell Telephone Market―@FT
· Hiring Agency Shortlist Acquires East Africa’s Spire Training―@TechWeez
· Africa Set to High 1 Billion Cell Web Connections In 5 Years―@Reuters
· Expertise Could Assist Compensate for Africa’s Lack of Manufacturing―@TheEconomist
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