OkHi, the Nairobi-based startup which has developed a digital addressing system for emerging markets, has secured a GBP1.4 million (US$1.78 million) funding round just within two months of looking for funding. The investment came from the London-based Angel Investment Network.
“A physical address should be a human right. Whether it’s opening up a bank account or getting an ambulance to your door, every person on this planet deserves access to these services. This raise is a vital stepping stone to unlock our growth into Nigeria as well as explore new markets across Africa, Middle East and Asia,” said Timbo Drayson, co-founder of OkHi.
Here Is What You Need To Know
- With the funding, the startup plans to double the size of its team as well as expand its team and grow operations in other African countries.
- The startup also intends to use the funding to address verification problem for financial services, an endemic problem that holds back financial inclusion across emerging markets.
- It is also looking to raise its Series A funding soon.
Why The Investors Invested
Ed Stephens, who led the raise for the Angel Investment Network, said OkHi had ticked many boxes for the network’s investors, who really bought into the company’s mission.
“We were inundated with interest with more than 180 inquiries on the table. OkHi’s digital infrastructure helps to answer a genuine need for people without a formal address to get access to services that can help transform their lives,”
“The team’s credentials were impeccable in their experience as entrepreneurs, so we look forward to seeing the huge success of this company as it grows to help millions of people across the globe get better access to services.”
A Look At What The Startup Does
Co-founded in 2014 by Timbo Drayson, who while at Google led the launch of Google Maps across emerging markets and built Chromecast, the Nairobi-based OkHi has developed technology that enables any business to collect an accurate address from their customer, verify it, and navigate to it.
It has now received support in achieving this goal after receiving GBP1.4 million (US$1.7 million) in funding, with help from the Angel Investment Network, the world’s largest online angel investment platform.
OkHi, which is also backed by Airbnb co-founder Nate Blecharczyk and Twitter chairman Patrick Pichette, has so far powered millions of uses of its addressing system, and recently launched in Nigeria with Africa’s largest banking platform, Interswitch Group, to solve address verification in Nigeria and beyond.
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