The start-ups on this list have been the most visible in terms of outdoor advertising, solving a need and raising much needed funding to boost the tech system.
You may have used them, you must have heard of them.
Our top 10 list is presented in alphabetical order.
Co-founded by Nigeria’s Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Andela is doing the important hard work of training graduates as developers and matching the finished products with employers. Andela helps employers from all over the world find talent from Africa by identifying raw talent and paying them to learn to become developers, then matching them with global employers looking for talent. The company currently has a local office in Nigeria and a company in the United States and has been mentioned in publications like The New Yorker and Forbes
A little over 8 months old, Cregital, founded by Evans Akanno specialize in branding, website design as well as digital marketing and growing brands one project at a time with a focus on functionality. Since inception, Cregital has worked with big brands like United Bank for Africa and Africa Magic among others.
This startup uses big data and analytics to help companies in Africa’s emerging e-commerce sector manage inventory and deliver more efficiently. Solving a real problem with local context, Delivery Science for example, makes use of a physical hardware device which is installed on vehicles to monitor goods tampering, drivers taking on unauthorized jobs, and for people transporters, calculates approximate fare the vehicle should have received that day based on number of people who have got on the vehicle, places they’ve got off, and average fares for those routes.
Founded by Honey Ogundeyi, a former industry manager at Google,Fashpa.com is a retail e-commerce start up whose main focus is to provide on trend clothing at affordable prices, with the use of technology and a focus on key areas like sourcing, logistics, customer service and user experience. The leading fashion online retailer based in Nigeria, Fashpa retails a mix of high street fashion from international and local brands. Fashpa’s own designs have been spotted on celebrities like Kelly Rowland and Angela Simmons.
Incubated in the 88mph accelerator, Gamsole has been tagged the biggest success story of any African game developer. Working initially in the Windows phone market but now including android and java platforms, Gamsole games have received well over 10 million downloads globally. Founded by Abiola Elijah Olaniran, Gamsole recently received an innovation grant from Microsoft.
GoMyWay is a location based app that allows users in Lagos state share taxis in a secure, private arrangement. GoMyWay tackles different problems all at once; it saves cost as passengers can split the cost of taxis and bypasses the mounting traffic situation by helping to reduce cars plying the roads at a given time. Users browse a list of other users looking to use a taxi and the app generates a list of users within the vicinity.
Founded by Mark Essien, Hotels.ng is Nigeria’s largest hotel booking website and one of the most exciting start-ups to emerge from Nigeria’s evolving tech space. The online portal allows users from all over the world to book rooms from a selection of over 7000 hotels in 334 Nigerian cities. The company has raised $1.2million in funding from Omidyar Network among other investors and has pooled resources heavily via crowdsourcing as well as on the spot tours to amass an incredible listing of Nigerian hotels.
Winners of TechCabal’s Battlefield 2014, PrepClass has blossomed from an online learning platform to a tutor marketplace. PrepClass provides access to personal home tutors trained to meet customers’ academic needs, offers quick test taking strategies with a pool of about 5000 detailed answers and targeted examination practice for students.
Started by three students from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomoso and located in Shomolu the undisputed printing hub of Lagos, Printivo is a do-it-yourself web-to-print production, providing affordable and quality print-on-demand services particularly to SMEs who cannot afford to print in bulk. Customers can place their orders on the site and have them delivered in a matter of hours or days without fail. Printivo benefitted from the Federal Government of Nigeria grant, YouWin.
Move over Jumia and Konga. Yudala is a fresh, hungry start up that combines the comfort of online shopping with the functionality of setting up physical retail stores around the country at the end of the Lagos pilot run. Yudala, which means best wishes, rest of mind and prosperity has the ambition of launching 150 Stores in the first 18 months of operations. Products consist of ICT, lifestyle and healthy-living goods.
Wilfred Okiche is a medic, reader, writer, journalist, culture critic, and occasional ruffler of feathers. One of the most influential critics working in the Nigerian culture space, his writing has appeared extensively in platforms like YNaija.com and 360nobs.com. Okiche has provided editorial assistance to the UK Guardian and has had his work published in African Arguments, Africa is a Country and South Africa’s City Press. He has received trainings and acquired experience in multimedia and online journalism. He also appears on the culture television show, Africana Literati. He has participated at critic programs in Lagos, Durban and Rotterdam.