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Jumia is opening its logistics, marketing services to third party – CEO

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Massimiliano Spalazzi
Following the recent re-positioning of the company for optimum growth in the years ahead, Jumia Nigeria has said it is opening up its logistics and marketing services to third parties and partners because it has a technology and data-driven approach to solving the logistics challenges on the continent.

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The company’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, Marketplace at Jumia Group, Massimiliano Spalazzi, said Jumia will be relying on four major pillars to scale its third party logistics service.

The pillars, Spalazzi, said include; unparalleled physical and network infrastructure; its people (over 6,500 delivery agents and over 3,000 warehouse operators; its proprietary technology tools powering the entire network; its scale, with over 20 million packages delivered across Africa in 2019; and its omnipresence – 25% of deliveries in 2019 was in rural areas, 50% in urban cities, and 25% in small cities.

“Our last mile services have a wide geographical coverage area that enhances faster turnaround time, reliable handling of products and transparent reporting, all of which have contributed to the success of Jumia Cash-On-Delivery programme in both urban and rural areas”, he stated.

In addition, Spalazzi said that the Jumia point-to-point line hauls services have an established network that can handle bulk movements in key markets across different product categories, while restating confidence in the company’s capacities to help third parties tackle logistics challenges as regards manpower. “We have a pool of highly skilled and trained manpower, ready for on-demand deployment at request”.

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Meanwhile, Jumia has also shown interest in helping partners administer targeted surveys by leveraging its robust access to customers through various touchpoints.

In the same vein, the marketing services are created to help third parties and partners reach their customers through targeted insertion of promotional content in Jumia packages, print and digital adverts at vendor drop-off points and customer pick-up points, as well as advert placement on Jumia vans, trucks and delivery bikes.

Speaking further on the services, spalazzi explained that Jumia has an unparalleled physical presence and network infrastructure with omnipresence.

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“In 2019, we processed 20 million packages and we were able to achieve 25 per cent deliveries in rural areas through a network of over 6,500 direct agents and 3,000 warehouse operators. What this means is that we can accomplish even greater success by opening up our logistics services to the public. We have the right infrastructure, people, partnerships and technology required to help third parties and partners solve logistics and marketing challenges. Jumia will continue to leverage its strength to explore innovative opportunities in the market”, he said.

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EdTech startup, uLesson introduces library for Nigerian, Ghanaian JSS students

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Founder and CEO of uLesson Education Limited, Sim Shagaya

Nigeria’s Ed-tech start-up, uLesson Education Limited, has expanded the content library on the uLesson app to include lessons for Junior Secondary School students. This new library went live on the uLesson app on July 7, 2020. 

The uLesson app launched in March 2020, with a Senior Secondary School library, covering Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

With this update, the app now offers students in junior secondary school access to curriculum-relevant content in Basic Technology, Business Studies, Basic Science and Mathematics.

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uLesson Library for Nigerian JSS students

Speaking on the introduction of the junior secondary library, Founder and CEO of uLesson Education Limited, Sim Shagaya said:

“The launch of the junior library is in harmony with our goal as an organization to help students maximize their academic potential and prepare for a future in various disciplines. The digital age is quickly shaping the education landscape and the way students learn. It is our goal at uLesson to leverage this digital transformation to provide learning tools that will help students learn in a simpler and more effective manner.”

“Like the Senior School library, the Junior School library has been richly designed in scope, interactivity, and effectiveness in line with the West African Secondary School curriculum. We have taken steps to provide best-in-class lessons delivered by expert tutors to ensure that learners get only the best learning experience”, Shagaya added.

Vice President, Learner Experience and Growth, uLesson Education, Manji Cheto said the new library addresses a deep customer need. She stated, “we pride ourselves as a Company that listens to and anticipates customer needs, and then acts quickly to respond to these concerns. The release of our junior secondary library is a great example of this. Customers made it overwhelmingly clear that this is what they wanted from us and so, we are proud to deliver this in the timeframe that we have”.

The uLesson app employs a simple and personalized approach to learning, leveraging a mix of media and technology to provide engaging lessons and quizzes to foster deep understanding of a subject matter and continued learning for students. uLesson is creating a platform to revolutionize the way students learn and study for their exams.  The Company plans to include more subjects and features in the coming months.

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uLesson Library for Ghanaian JSS students

What you should know about uLesson Education

uLesson is an organisation that leverages best in class teachers, media, and technology solutions to create high-quality, affordable, and accessible education for African students.

The Startup built a platform that helps African students be the very best they can be – an app that allows them to maximize their academic achievement and prepare for a future in various disciplines and subjects.

The team is made up of passionate and talented people who came together and built a learning experience unprecedented in richness, scope, interactivity, and effectiveness.

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23 Startup founders graduate from Founder Institute Lagos Cohort II

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  • As applications for Cohort III open

The Lagos chapter of the world’s largest pre-seed start-up accelerator, Founder Institute, recently celebrated the 23 founders who successfully completed Cohort II, in an online version of their Velocity event themed “Winning in Uncertain Times”.

Despite the world practically coming to a halt due to the coronavirus, the mentors and founders at Founder Institute Lagos were able to successfully navigate the hurdles together and out of the 46 that started the journey, 23 founders were able to meet the requirements for graduation.

Velocity is a celebratory event of the Founder Institute Lagos held at the end of every Cohort to honour founders that successfully scaled through the rigorous 14 week FI program which helps them build their ideas into successful businesses.

For the first time, due to current realities, the program was held online and temporarily renamed Velocity_mini, and had experienced speakers from across the world who shared deeply on how best founders can grow their start-ups, even at a time when some companies and markets are struggling due to COVID-19.

Speakers at Velocity_mini included Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe – Founder, Fasmicro; Kola Aina – Founding Partner, Ventures Platform; Jane Egerton-Idehen – Country Manager/Regional Sales Director, Avanti; Tosin Faniro-Dada, Head Start-ups, LSETF; and Simon Turner, Lead Director, FI Accra.

The event was flagged by the Lead Director of Founder Institute Lagos, Ayowande Adalemo, who shared what the Founder Institute pre-seed program is and how it varies from most other global programs based on its target of developing idea-stage founders as well as its system of creating a support network of experienced startup and ecosystem leaders as mentors.

He further explained that founders that plug into the FI system benefit extensively from a suite of resources as well as a highly engaged global network “You can come into the system with a loosely formed idea but after the 14 weeks, you will be graduating as a CEO with a company that can go global and a network that money cannot buy”, Ayowande stressed.

Keynote speaker, Ndubuisi Ekekwe of Fasmicro, advised founders on how to go about strategically raising funds.

Ekekwe said “Companies need to identify frictions in the market and leverage these to create value in the form of products and services. It is not about the sophistication of the solution, it is about easing the frictions in the market. Money follows value and the market will congregate where value is perceived. When you create value, raising funds is no longer a one-way street because as you are looking for the funds, the funds would also be looking for you”.

Kola Aina of Ventures Platform, who was a guest speaker, spoke on why now is the time for founders to start building their businesses but pointed out that there is a difference between ‘Product-market fit’ and ‘COVID-market fit’.

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Kola Aina speaking during Velocity_Mini

“Some solutions are time-sensitive and while they should be pursued, founders should be simultaneously planning long-term to create real product-market fit with products that would outlive the opportunities that have been created by COVID-19. This is actually the best time to create and scale your company”, Kola stressed.

The highlight of the event was the pitching session that saw a few of the founders from the graduating cohort; Steve Dakayi-Kamga of Betastore, Amede Achingale of Fortvest 360 Solutions, Ugochi Nwokeji of DBTclean, Titilope Adewusi of 9jakids, Tope Alake of cast.i.ng and Ayo Dawodu of Loystar, all pitch to an audience of mentors, directors and potential funders.

Stanbic IBTC Founder Institute Lagos is now accepting applications for Cohort III via this LINK.

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IHS Nigeria partners TechQuest STEM Academy to deliver on COVID-19 initiatives

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IHS Nigeria, in partnership with TecQuest STEM Academy, will train 1000 teachers and students across Nigeria in July 2020 under its Mission-T Program.  

The one-month training will offer participants the digital skills required to offer technology-enabled solutions with a focus on initiatives that will mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

Mission – T is a sustainability initiative commissioned in 2019 by IHS Nigeria, the largest subsidiary of IHS Towers, with the primary objective of improving ICT education and empowerment in Nigerian schools and communities.

The program aims to improve Nigeria’s STEM narrative and help stimulate interest and participation of teachers and students in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields across the country.

As a response to the current COVID-19 crisis, participants will be equipped with requisite knowledge and skills to develop projects that can improve human existence in a post COVID era leveraging digital tools like the internet, software, and computers.

Additionally, the program will upskill teachers with the requisite capabilities needed to deliver effective teaching over the internet.

The Mission-T summer program will be implemented by the TechQuest STEM Academy LTD/GTEa non-profit STEM organisation that has delivered STEM and digital literacy education to nearly 30,000 young people across 16 Nigerian states since 2015.

The program has also offered to provide free internet data to the first 200 teachers and first 500 students to sign up for the training as a response to the current challenges being experienced during the pandemic and alleviate identified barriers to attendance and learning during the free training period.

Students will have the opportunity to learn Mobile App Development, Web Development and an Introduction to Python Programming.

Resources to be introduced to teachers include the practical-based Mission-T ICT curriculum, which includes textbooks, workbooks, academic videos, an interactive portal and a mobile app to assist teachers in the delivery of STEM education to their students.

According to the Director, TechQuest STEM Academy, Dr. (Mrs). Itoro Emembolu, “This initiative will increase the level of digital literacy and STEM capabilities which have been identified as essential skills needed to function in a rapidly changing technological age. Programs such as the Mission-T initiative makes this possible through the far-sighted support of firms such as IHS Nigeria.”

She encourages teachers and students to take advantage of this opportunity to further develop their STEM and digital literacy capabilities.

To register and participate, visit the program website: https://tqstem.org/ihs

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