Voltron Capital’s launch, Spleet in MetaProp accelerator, Pineapple’s latest funding

by | Jul 27, 2021

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Good day,

Today I’m discussing:

  • Voltron Capital’s launch
  • Spleet’s selection into MetaProp NYC Accelerator
  • Pineapple’s latest funding

Olumide Soyombo launches early-stage VC firm, Voltron Capital

olumide soyombo
Olumide Soyombo (Partner & Co-Founder, Bluechip Technologies)

Yesterday, renowned Nigerian angel investor, Olumide Soyombo, announced the launch of Voltron Capital, a venture capital firm he co-founded with Abe Choil. 

The firm will focus on early-stage startups with founders who have previously founded a company. Olumide reveals that this is to tackle the lack of access to early-stage funding for African tech companies. 

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Read more: Early Paystack investor, Olumide Soyombo launches Pan-African VC firm, Voltron Capital.

In 2020, the African tech scene saw the launch of VC firms, like Future Africa and Sherpa Ventures, focused on seed and pre-seed funding.  

The importance of early-stage funding cannot be overstated.  African startups need this capital to accelerate growth, bolster operations, and, most importantly, generate revenue. The major impediments include a disorganised network and gender parity.

With happenings like the Voltron Capital launch and Magic Fund’s raise of $30 million to support early-stage founders across Africa and four other regions, more early-stage focused investments is a prospect worth entertaining. 

Pan-African proptech startup, Spleet, gets into MetaProp Accelerator Program

Spleet Co founders
R-L: Akintola Adesanmi & Dolapo Adebayo, Spleet Co-founders

What happened? An African-focused proptech startup, Spleet, has been selected for the MetaProp 2021 Accelerator Program set to take place at the University of Columbia.

What about it? Well, the accelerator program begins in September and will run in a hybrid format. Participants will be offered $250,000 in funding plus a 22-week mentorship course in the global real estate tech space.

Application into the MetaProp Accelerator program is ongoing for proptech startups and closes on July 30, 2021.

Spleet is a Nigeria-based proptech startup. Currently available in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, the platform launched in August 2017,  and allows people seeking accommodation to find homes with flexible rent payment options, and also provides apartments for individuals via its quasi-Airbnb system. 

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Zoom out. Africa’s proptech space urgently needs accelerators to step in and address its challenges, including shortage of housing facilities, renters’ limited finances, and high rents.

Remember this? Why solving Nigeria’s housing problem is beyond proptech startups for now

Considering this, MetaProp Co-founder Zach Aaron believes that having Spleet as a Nigerian proptech in New York for the program is a way for the African startup to interact with global real estate players.

Hopefully, via this interaction, the company gains tremendous insight from the global proptech space and, in turn, models an example for other proptech startups in Africa.

Insurtech startup, Pineapple, secures $3.4m Series A

Pineapple founders
Pineapple’s co-founders, L-R: Ndabenhle Junior Ngulube, Marnus van Heerden, and Matthew Elan Smith

What happened? A South Africa-based insurtech startup, Pineapple, has announced securing $3.4 million in Series A.

Who was involved? Lireas Holdings, the ASISA Enterprise, and Supplier Development Fund took part in the round.

Okay, what’s up with Pineapple? Founded in 2017,Pineapple helps people insure their cars and personal belongings like phones, home appliances, gaming gear etc., for a monthly premium.

Still curious? Read more here:

South Africa-based insurtech startup, Pineapple raises $3.4M Series A

In case you missed it on Techpoint Africa

Nigerian-American, Abake Adenle, wins award for building speech recognition API for African languages

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What else I’m reading/watching

  • Why Math Class Is Boring. Read
  • The Man Putin Fears The Most. Watch
  • Saving the Liberal Arts. Read

Have a beautiful day!

Joy Matthew
Joy Matthew

Out here, trying so hard to maintain my faculty of wonder in a fast-changing world. Language, books, and aspiring tech enthusiast. Keep in touch


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