TechNigeria: A weekly recap of what’s been happening in Nigeria’s tech space

Happitech, Google, Meta, Moovebeta, Zuri Health, Autochek, Topship. Here are some of the names that have hit the headlines this week.

A Nigerian digital transit platform, Topship, during the week announced that it had secured a $2.5 million seed round.

Additionally, a fintech startup incubated by Adanian Labs Africa, Moovebeta, has merged with 10-year-old B2B fintech company, ImpalaPay.

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Impressive to see Africans joining forces to further develop and grow the economy.

In South Africa this week, a health technology company, Happitech, signed a new partnership with local startup Momentum Multiply to strengthen remote patient management.

Happitech CEO and Founder Yosef Safi Harb made the revelation in a statement on Friday.

Ripples Nigeria discovered that Happitech runs a CE-certified heart rate software development kit (SDK) on Android and iOS for remote patient management applications.

The week came with an incredible breakthrough for blind people.

Tech Correspondent, Kayode Hamsat, reported that US multinational technology company, Google, has announced beta testing of a new feature for Android 13 that will make reading and visuals easier for Braille users.

According to the report, Google made the announcement in a blog post on its official website.

The American company noted that the device will help deaf-blind people access cellphones while blind people use their phones silently.

Additionally, during the week, meta boss Mark Zuckerberg hinted at the company’s launch of a new business service.

According to Mark, the launch of the API will help businesses customize their solutions for growth.

According to the American tech businessman, the latest development would allow businesses and developers to leverage WhatsApp, personalize their experiences and respond to customers faster.

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Earlier this week, US search engine giant Google announced $4 million in funding for 60 black-founded startups in Africa.

Google’s Head of Startup Ecosystem in charge of Africa, Folarin Aiyegbusi, disclosed in a statement on Thursday while announcing the opening of Google’s applications for the Startup Black Founders Fund for Africa. .

Ripples Nigeria understood that Google for Startups Black Founders Fund was launched after the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020.

Like South Africa, like Kenya. More and more African startups are merging to become stronger.

A fintech startup incubated by Adanian Labs Africa, Moovebeta, merged during the week with 10-year-old B2B Fintech company, ImpalaPay.

Moovebeta co-founder and CEO Peris Wanjiru confirmed the latest merger to the media on Thursday.

ImpalaPay is a Kenyan fintech blockchain company, while Moovebeta is an e-commerce and fintech startup that helps users move value using a voucher system.

In the healthcare sector, another startup is closing its funding cycle.

A Kenyan health technology start-up, Zuri Health, has announced that it has secured $1.2 million in seed funding to scale and expand into new markets.

Ikechukwu Anoke, CEO and founder of Zuri Health, confirmed the latest relaunch on the startup’s official website on Wednesday.

The latest funding saw investments from DOB Equity, Launch Africa and Founders Factory Africa.

Zuri Health connects mass market patients with affordable, convenient and quality healthcare services through SMS, WhatsApp and a dedicated app.

Separately, an African digital auto commerce platform, Autochek, announced earlier this week the acquisition of a Moroccan car company, KIFAL Auto, for an undisclosed amount.

KIFAL Co-Founder and CEO Nizar Abdalaoui Maane announced the acquisition in a statement to Ripples Nigeria on Wednesday.

With the latest acquisition, Autochek now has a presence in six countries in East, West and North Africa.

KIFAL Auto connects car buyers and sellers, and also offers, through partnerships, several other services including financing and insurance.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian digital transit platform, Topship, has also announced securing a $2.5 million seed round.

The increase comes months after the recent YC winter batch ended.

According to co-founder and CEO, Moses Enenwali, the survey was led by Flexport, a freight forwarding and customs brokerage company based in San Francisco, California.

The funding round also saw participation from Y Combinator, Soma Capital, Starling Ventures, Olive Tree Capital, Capital X and True Capital.

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