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This month on Founder’s Table, we beam the spotlight on Chimezie Emewulu and Chibuzor Onwurah, co-founders of Seamfix, a leading provider of technology solutions and services in Nigeria and Africa. In spite of a promising professional career, which they courageously left behind, they decided to start their own company fresh out of NYSC.
As is inevitable for such inexperienced entrepreneurs, things weren’t quite picking up in those early days. So much so that they had to resort to hawking honey and running a Danfo business, not just to keep the company afloat, but also to stay alive.
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The struggle to be a Nigerian developer. Is a career in software development in Nigeria as lucrative as you imagined?
We attempted to answer it by putting together an anonymous survey. Based on the random responses we have gotten to our inquiries so far, we have deduced some useful insights about the work-life of software developers in Nigeria.
It’s like YouTube but it uses less data. This week, YouTube launched YouTube Go for the Nigerian market.
The result of thousands of hours gathering information, conducting interviews, testing and refining, YouTube Go is supposed to be lighter and more data-efficient than its parent app. Find out how it works.
Using technology to alleviate the effects of flooding. Two weeks after the deadly floods that ravaged Benue State and its environs, the number of displaced people is still on the rise.
As relief materials continue to pour in since the flood abated, here are a couple of ways technology can be used to help.
Every weekday at noon (WAT), we feature up and coming startups attempting to break into the market.
This week’s featured startups
- Flip — subscribe for unlimited books with your mobile airtime
- Shopity — shop directly from China and pay in Naira
- Studyinbudapest — process your international study documents in 60 seconds
- Micserah — order locally made fashion products online
- mediaAfrica — use African-based content to drive your business
4 cost-effective ways to build a minimum viable product. Thinking of building a tech-enabled product or service? Here are 4 low-cost ways to build your minimum viable product (MVP).
Every Wednesday at 5PM (WAT), we publish a curated list of exciting opportunities, ranging from funding, acceleration programmes to entrepreneurship training.
Opportunities this week:
- Y Combinator is accepting applications for the winter 2018 3-month funding cycle
- Young entrepreneur? Your company could win funding at the second AfricaConnekt.org Competition
- $50,000 in funding available from the Y Her Accelerator programme
- The Obama Foundation Fellowship programme is open to outstanding civic innovators from around the world.
- Google Research Awards in Sciences & Engineering 2018 is closing soon
- Entries for Diamond Bet Season 7 are closing soon.
For more information on the above opportunities, please go here.
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“Branding and marketing for small businesses” is the theme for the 2nd edition of our SME Clinic. Find out how you can participate here.
Love to write? Looking to build a career in tech journalism? Techpoint is organising a Writer Bootcamp; you could land a 6-month paid internship with us. Find out more here.
Nigerian startups raised $17.6m in Q1 2019, 8.5% higher than they did in Q1 2018. Find out more in the latest quarterly edition of the Nigerian Startup Funding Report here.