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Digital Insurance Company, Casava Secures $4M Startup Fund to Provide Affordable Services

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A digital insurance firm in Nigeria, Casava has raised a pre-seed fund of $4 million to furnish Nigerians with affordable and accessible insurance services.

Investors King reports that Casava which was launched in 2021 is Nigeria’s first 100 percent digital insurance company.

It was established with the aim to make insurance affordable and accessible for income earners with the use of technology, behavioural science, and empathy. 

Investors King gathered that Target Global led the $4 million pre-seed funding. Other participants are Entrée Capital, Oliver Jung, Monzo founder Tom Blomfield and Stash founders Ed Robinson and Brandon Krieg. African founders such as Uche Pedro (founder of BellaNaija), Babs Ogundeyi and Musty Mustapha (co-founders of Kuda), Shola Akinlade (co-founder of Paystack), Olugbenga “GB” Agboola (co-founder of Flutterwave), Honey Ogundeyi (founder of Edukoya), Opeyemi Awoyemi (co-founder of Jobberman), amongst others.

Founder and CEO of Casava, Bode Pedro stated that the company was set up to provide affordable insurance for Nigerians and other Africans.

He said, “we are happy to have raised these funds from an exciting group of investors. The new funds will support customer acquisition and growth, as well as further development of the product and the technology stack. Casava already has more than 66,000 customers, with US$16 million in insurance coverage. 

“With Casava Income Protection, subscribers can insure their income with an easy-to-use subscription that starts from as little as US$1 a month, and get paid monthly for six months if they lose their job, fall sick or become disabled. Subscribers can also add on Casava Health, which enables access to more than 1,000 doctors on telemedicine and 900 hospitals across Nigeria.” 

Dissecting the digital mode of the system, Pedro said, “consumers can subscribe to Casava’s insurance products directly via the website, mobile app or WhatsApp. We will also be working with fintech and digital partners to embed insurance products into their offerings, accessing over 500,000 financial service agents to reach customers across the country. Casava will empower these agents to offer insurance and earn commissions from their customers on a recurring basis.”  

He maintained that the insurance sector has remained untapped in Nigeria with less than one percent of its citizens insured despite its great potential.

The CEO added that Casava insurance company is set to look into the hindrances to the adoption of insurance and add value to the society. 

Commending the digital insurance initiative, Dr. Ricardo Schafer, a partner at Target Global said Casava had recognised a great opportunity to address a long-lasting challenge in Nigeria and Africa.

“We are excited to support their mission to make insurance more accessible. One of the first of their kind in the region, Casava has the potential to transform the lives and livelihood of millions of people,” he said.

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Property Tech Company, VENCO Secures $670,000 Pre-Seed Funding

The company stated that the fund will be deployed to scale its all-in-one technology platform

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Nigeria property technology company, VENCO has secured $670,000 in an oversubscribed pre-seed funding round.

The company stated that the fund will be deployed to scale its all-in-one technology platform that manages collections, service charge administration, utilities, and visitor access, among other services associated with multi-unit property developments across Africa.

Founded by Chude Osiegbu (CEO), Reagan Mbitiru (CTO), and Uzochukwu Alor (COO), VENCO already has a growing presence in both Nigeria and Kenya with the plan to expand to other cities and countries in Africa. 

The CEO, Chude Osiegbu stated that VENCO was used by 100 estates on about 4000 property units in 2021. He added that the startup is currently in 186 estates with about 12,000 property units and now has larger estates like Banana Island and 1004 in its roster.

Although Osiegbu noted that the company presently relies on subscription fees that it charges for the deployment of its software solution, he nevertheless stated that VENCO has a long-term plan to introduce a number of monetised operations.

He added that the startup already helped finance the purchase of prepaid energy meters for the Primewater View Gardens estate, and the Tejuosho Market, a shopping mall.

In the last 9 months, VENCO says it has recorded over 200 percent growth, currently in 6 cities in Nigeria and Kenya. 

Dating from the beginning of this year, VENCO noted that it has processed more than $10 million in transaction value via its platform. The company added that it is already in talks with e-commerce platforms to enable easier access to merchants within and around the community. 

Investors King learnt that some of the investors that participated in the pre-seed funding round include Zrosk Investment Management, Voltron Capital, Decimal Point Ventures, Fast Forward Fund, Tayo Oviosu (CEO of Paga), Odun Eweniyi (COO of Piggyvest), Oo Nwoye, Desigan Chinniah, Dakar Network Angels and Viktoria Business Angel Network.

Speaking at the event, Samson Esemuede, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at  Zrosk Investment Management, said, “ We view VENCO as both a SaaS and a financial inclusion play with a potential for strong multiplicative impact across the continent.”

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Nigerian Based Food Tech Startup, Orda Raises $3.4 Million in Seed Funding

Orda Africa has now raised a combined $4.5 million raised by the African-centric food tech company. 

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Nigerian-based food tech startup, Orda announced it has raised a sum of $3.4 million in seed funding after it raised $1.1 million in pre-seed funding at the beginning of this year. This makes it a total of $4.5 million raised by the African-centric food tech company. 

Investors King understands that Orda is an African restaurant cloud operating system that helps restaurants to move from pen and paper to a fully automated digital platform. 

According to the startup, it aims to help more African restaurants maximize their business operations and expand distribution. 

The tech company added that it plans to improve on some new features which include loan, credit, and payment options which will eventually enable its clients to maximize the potential of their business. 

Investors King learnt that this new round of funding was co-led by Quona Capital and FinTech Collective. Other institutional investors which participated in the seed funding include Far Out Ventures, Lofty Inc Capital, Enza Capital, and Outside VC.

In the last one year, Orda has been able to increase its customer base to more than 600 restaurants across Nigeria and Kenya while its weekly processing orders has increased by more than 500 percent. 

Speaking about the growth and focus of the company, Orda’s CEO and co-founder, Guy Futi said “From day one, Orda has been focused on building solutions for small and medium-sized restaurants”.

“These businesses operate with slim profit margins and the power of Orda’s software and financial solutions can catapult their business. Our goal is to provide end-to-end solutions that help them optimize their operations so they become more prosperous”. 

Founded in 2020 by Guy Futi, Fikayo Akinwale, Mark Edomwande, Kunle Ogungbamila, and Namir El-Khouri, Orda has the vision to help small-sized African restaurants optimize their business and achieve sustainable growth.

Meanwhile, the company has attributed its growth over the last 12 months to the excellent team it has put together, a trend it hopes to continue in the coming months. 

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Proptech Startup SmallSmall Announces The Raise of $3m in Seed Funding

Lagos-based Nigerian prop-tech startup SmallSmall has announced the raise of $3 million ($2 million equity and $1 million debt) in seed funding.

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Lagos-based Nigerian prop-tech startup SmallSmall has announced the raise of $3 million ($2 million equity and $1 million debt) in seed funding.

Formerly known as RentSmallSmall, the startup gives renters access to monthly rent payments while eliminating the pain points of landlords.

Speaking on the recent funds raised the startup co-founder Tunde Balogun said, “We started by understanding the pain points of landlords. Even though they collected rent one year upfront, the default rate of the yearly system is very high because when people’s finances take a hit, they might not be able to pay subsequent rent.

“The legal process of evicting tenants where they’ll have to wait six to 12 months is also not supportive of the landlords. “Our market is for young professionals with an average age of around 28 years. It’s a huge market.

“We surveyed almost 3,000 people last year in Lagos, which showed that 80% of them wanted to pay their rent monthly. So that tells you how much adoption the monthly space would have if the markets eventually opened up.”

He further disclosed that the fund will be used to expand the startup operations to other cities in Nigeria, such as Enugu, Jos and Portharcourt before the end of Q1 2023.

Founded in 2018, the startup has been leveraging technology to revolutionize Nigeria’s property rental market and has so far had over 476,000 people registered on the platform.

It has also saved renters from legal and agency fees, which has seen it transcend into one of the leading advocates for affordable and flexible rental payment platforms across West Africa.

SmallSmall has also enabled landlords to access quality tenants and help curb defaults of payments.

In 2021, the startup was accepted to join the techstars Toronto accelerator program, making it the first African property technology platform selected to join the program. 

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