Nigeria’s Simplifyd raises $500k pre-seed to spice up data-free web entry
Nigerian startup Simplifyd, which desires to develop into the platform of selection for data-free entry to the web throughout Africa, has raised US$500,000 in pre-seed funding and introduced the launch of ZeroData, its toll-free web utility platform.
Based by Tomi Amao, Mayowa Amao, Sam Keiru and Abiola Fajimi in 2020, Simplifyd goals to unravel the challenges related to accessing reasonably priced information amidst the staggering charge of knowledge consumption, particularly amongst cell and net app customers in rising markets throughout Africa.
The startup has raised over US$500,000 in pre-seed funding from Future Africa and Y Combinator, the money from the latter coming after Simplifyd was chosen for the W22 batch of the famend Silicon Valley-based accelerator alongside a bunch of different African startups.
It has additionally introduced the launch of ZeroData, which co-founder and CEO Tomi Amao stated was created out of a robust need to unravel Africa’s worrying information affordability problem, alongside the drive to assist larger digital inclusion throughout the continent.
“ZeroData is designed to cater to each customers with lively information plans and people with none. For customers with an lively information plan, their information plan isn’t consumed after they make use of the applying. Our app additionally allows customers with no lively information plans to get pleasure from uninterrupted entry to the web apps listed on the platform,” he stated.
“For us, the realisation that Africans pay the best charge for cell web on this planet proportional to revenue is worrying. This can be a vital problem that we’re completely satisfied to unravel sustainably by the launch of ZeroData. We’re making a handy platform to entry the web away from the problem of big information consumption for the continent’s rising variety of Web customers.”
Customers will solely must obtain the ZeroData app, obtainable for cell (Android) and desktop (MacOS and Home windows). This offers them with on the spot data-free entry to listed apps and web sites. The ZeroData platform additionally permits companies to bundle information with their apps for the aim of constructing them accessible and data-free to those that want it most.