500 Startups Geeks on the Plane

Hello!

We hope Q1 is serving you well. Please see below for the first of Ingressive’s bi-weekly African tech updates.

Upcoming Tours

We just wrapped up February 27 - March 3 Tour of Tech with Techstars Atlanta. After 20+ office hours, 5 Social Media Week panels, and a schedule packed with fireside chats, angel investor dinners, and founders’ meetups, we look forward to announcing Nigerian tech startups in their 2017 cohort :)

500 Startups’ Geeks on a Plane comes to Nigeria this March 19 - 22. We’ll be hosting them in Lagos. Visit our website to apply to attend local events as an investor, startup, or corporate partner.


YC Summer 2017 Batch Open

Top seed accelerator, Y Combinator, is currently receiving applications in the 2017 summer batch.

If you recall, CEO Michael Seibel and Partner Qasar Younis joined us last September for an Ingressive-hosted #YCinLagos.

7 West African companies were accepted into Y Combinator in the last batch. A few of them include Kudi.ai and others

Don’t forget to attend Demo Day March 20-22 to meet the rest and gain first access into post-YC deals.

 

500 startups in Lagos: Who got in?

500 Startups is a leading Silicon Valley-based, international-focused, early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator founded by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai. Two of our favorites joined their 2017 cohort:

TalentBase, an Africa-focused payroll company saving founders’ lives across the continent.

Printivo! An on-demand print production startup in Nigeria. The founder, Oluyomi Ojo, was a keynote speaker alongside Monique Woodard (Partner, 500 Startups) at the High Growth Summit 2016 we hosted last year.


Who is Kudi.ai? A look into the cool new tech company

Introducing Kudi.ai , the really smart bot that helps you send money over chat. Don’t turn up your nose yet, we know Nigerians aren’t too keen on trusting their money digitally, but this product is special. Think Venmo meets Siri.

Kudi AI, helps Nigerians to pay bills or make purchases simply by chatting with the bot. You would have these conversation with Kudi the same way you would chat with anyone on your WhatsApp, BBM, or Facebook Messenger.

 

Upcoming Africa Tech Conferences

Boston. April 8-9.

MIT Africa Innovate Conference.

 

Berkeley. March 29.

Berkeley Haas Africa Conference.

 

Paris. June 8-9.

Afrobytes Tech Conference in « Station F », the world’s largest tech incubator.

 

London. June 22.

The Economist Nigeria Summit.

 

Lagos. November 14-19.

Sign up early for our High Growth Africa Summit this November 15 - 17 in Lagos, Nigeria. Or our end-of-year Tour of Tech November 14 - 19 in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.

 

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