Ridwan Egbeyemi is the CEO of Unboxd, a wishlist and crowdfunding platform that allows people looking to receive gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc, to create a wishlist of desired items and share with their loved ones who can also make cash contributions for each item on the list. His co-founder, Tolu Adesina, leads product and technology on the team.
The first user of the Unboxd MVP in September 2020 received 450,000 Nigerian Naira [US$1000+] as contributions to their wedding wishlist. After the success of this, the team spent 12 months refining the MVP before officially launching the app for public use in September 2021. Since then, the company has seen a month on month growth in birthday, wedding and Christmas wish lists. 20% of the wish lists in Unboxd are active with an average of N25,000 [$60+] in contributions which has led to over N2 million [$4,800+] in total cash gifts. To date, Unboxd has processed 50+ cash payouts.
In this month’s episode, our host, Tosin Omowole spoke to Wunmi Akinsola, Founder at Fashtracker, an African digital fashion marketplace. Wunmi Akinsola is passionate about African fashion and has used her experience to build a curated fashion marketplace that caters to the needs of African fashion designers.
House cleaning and technology - Fichaya is changing the game in this sector with their technology-enabled cleaning platform. While most companies have been relying on technology for years now, cleaning businesses have only started adopting tech recently, by helping simplify mundane processes for both the client and the customer alike.
Founded by Jim Ofodum and Steph Ogundoyin, Fichaya is a technology-enabled company that provides cleaning and organising services. They are super customer-focused and strive to create the best experience for every customer by using technology to streamline the process from enquiry to managing customers' homes and offices on a monthly basis via fichaya.com.
The company uses technology to amplify easy access for its customers to book and subscribe to monthly plans while providing a mobile application that enables its cleaning associates to view their cleaning schedules, see how much they’ve earned each month etc - a first of its kind for any Nigerian company in the cleaning industry.
Africa, like most other continents, has seen a technological revolution over the past few years, catalysed by the recent pandemic that pushed us all into a more digital world. According to African Tech Startups Funding Report 2021, 564 tech companies in Africa received a combined total of over US$2 billion investment last year.
On top of this, multinational tech companies like Google are investing millions of dollars into innovation in Africa.
With this digital transformation well underway, it is important to keep up-to-date on the latest advancements. A great way to do this is by attending tech conferences. Here are the five biggest tech events that are occurring in Africa this year.