Nigeria launches $672 million tech fund for younger buyers

Nigeria launches $672 million tech fund for young investors

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Nigeria launched a $672 million fund on Tuesday to assist tech and artistic sectors for younger buyers who battle to boost capital in Africa’s largest economic system.

The fund – focusing on 15 to 35-year-olds – comes at a time when there are issues regionally in regards to the failure of U.S. startup-focused lender SVB Monetary Group, which has supported startups in Nigeria.

To date solely Chipper Money, a cross border funds startup, has mentioned it had $1 million in SVB. Among the largest startups, together with e-commerce agency Jumia and Africa-focused fintech agency Flutterwave, informed Reuters that they had no publicity to the financial institution.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo launched the $672 million fund underneath the Digital and Inventive Enterprises Programme (DCEP) within the federal capital Abuja, the presidency mentioned in a press release.

African Growth Financial institution will put in $170 million, $116 million will come from Agence Francaise de Developpement and one other $70 million from Islamic Growth Financial institution, the presidency mentioned.

The federal government by Financial institution of Trade Nigeria will launch $45 million whereas the non-public sector pledged $271 million.

“DCEP is a authorities initiative to advertise innovation and entrepreneurship within the digital tech and artistic industries and particularly focused at job creation,” Osinbajo was quoted as saying on the launch of the fund.

Nigeria has the most important variety of startups in Africa – principally in tech and fintech – which have pulled funding from abroad banks and enterprise capital corporations.

However most startups nonetheless battle to draw funding as a result of banks demand that they supply collateral, which they don’t have.

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