Nigerian Solar-Powered Internet Provider Raises $3M Series-A To Fund Ghana Expansion
21 September 2018
Nigerian solar-powered internet service provider, Tizeti, has raised $3 million in a Series-A round of funding that will allow the startup to expand into Ghana.
The Y Combinator-backed Nigerian ISP startup and its consumer facing brand, Wifi.com.ng closed a Series-A round of $3 million this month, according to the company.
Tizeti will use the investment to expand operations outside of Nigeria, and will launch a new consumer-facing brand Wifi.Africa later in the year. The expansion will begin with a move into neighbouring West African country, Ghana.
The startup will also use some of the funds to invest in operations, product development and overall customer experience.
The investment round was led by 4DX Ventures, with participation from existing investors Y Combinator Continuity, Lynett Capital, Social Capital, Western Technology Investment, Friále and Golden Palm Investments.
Lead investor 4DX Ventures is an Africa-focused early stage venture firm with offices in Accra and San Francisco. As part this financing round, Walter Baddoo, co-founder & managing partner of 4DX Ventures joins Tizeti’s board.
Based in Palo Alto, Social Capital invests in healthcare, financial services and education. Golden Palm Investments is a Ghanaian investment firm based out of Accra, with tech in Africa as a major focus. Investments include Andela, Flutterwave and mSurvey.
This recent funding round builds on a successful seed investment of $2.1 million raised in 2017 through Y Combinator and a number of investors, according to Ventureburn.
Investors in that round included Western Technology Investment, Social Capital, Vy Capital, Picus Capital, Ace & Company, Lynett Capital Partners, and Zeno Ventures, with angel investors such as Y Combinator’s Michael Seibel and Gabriel Hammond also involved.