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Nigerian-Based Startup, Sendbox Raises $1.8m In Seed Funding Round

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Founders of Sendbox, Emotu Balogun and Segun Afolahan

Nigerian-based shipping and payment startup, Sendbox has closed a pre seed round with $1.8 million in investment.

The seed round is led by 4DX Ventures, Enza Capital, FJLabs, and Golden Palm Investments.

Also, Y Combinator and Flexport also participated in the round.

Sendbox was part of YCombinator’s 2021 winter batch.

The fund adds to a $2 million that Sendbox previously raided three years ago from Microtraction and other investors.

Goals:

Emotu Balogun and Segun Afolahan founded Sendbox with the goals of proviing infrastructure for shipping and escrow payments.

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Similarly, the company equally has the goal of serving merchants and customers in North America, Europe and Africa.

More goals:

Also, Sendbox has set goals of enabling small e-commerce merchants to make seamless direct sales to buyers.

According to the company, its customers can access its services via several e-commerce platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram.

Also, its services are available for both iOS and android device users.

Customer base:

Sendbox said it has, so far, made over 200, 000 deliveries among which nearly 45% is international.

The company also makes local deliveries within Nigeria in states such as Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt.

Similarly, it also said it has reached over 10,000 merchants and delivered products to over 200 countries.

Among the foreign countries includes USA, UK and Canada.

Likewise, the company increases the visibility and distribution of products and services for merchants.

It also improves the operations, sales as well as automate the distribution of products through its channels.

Plans for the fund:

Through the fund, Sendbox wants to become the e-commerce operating system for African merchants and logistics.

Also, it plans on integrating e-commerce, logistics, and payments into its operations.

Implication:

This is another milestone for Nigerian startups.

Also, Nigerian startups are indeed, creating solutions  with world relevance and recognitions.

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)

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