January was a busy month in the world of tech. So far, Nigerian startups have raised above $40 million in disclosed funding. Although it is not a bad start by any measure, it is just $2 million more than they had raised at this same time last year.
📊 Piggyvest and Carbon release teasers of their 2020 performance
So far in 2021, we have seen a good number of Nigerian startups publish their year-in-review. Not to be outdone, two of Nigeria's biggest fintech players released highlights of their performance over the coronavirus-impaired year.
In a message to its users on Friday the 30th, Piggyvestrevealed that it had paid out over ₦95 billion ($249 million) to users in 2020.
Carbon's highlight was a bit more detailed than Piggyvest's. The lending fintech revealed that it processed over ₦96.5 billion ($253 million) in transactions and disbursed over ₦25 billion ($66 million) in loans.
Both companies recorded strong performances during 2020 per their reports. If their performances keep growing strong, you can bet on at least one of them reaching unicorn status soon.
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💸 Gumroad CEO cuts check for Cowrywise's $3 million raise
For a while now, Silicon Valley has been casting glances at Africa as its next favourite investment destination. 2020 might just be the year it dives into the Sub-saharan oasis.
Perhaps, the most interesting thing about Cowryrise's raise was that Sahil reached out to the startup first. In a tweet, Sahil revealed how he reached out to Cowrywise via Twitter to ask if they were raising.