The Nigerian tech ecosystem is very attractive to investors no matter the challenges therein. Sliide Airtime has just given the global market another reason to look at Nigeria.
Two months ago, we reported the launch of Sliide Airtime into the Nigerian market. Sliide Airtime a mobile advertising technology start-up that gives consumers free airtime in return for engaging with news and branded content delivered to the lock screen of their mobile devices.
The app has since garnered more than 30,000 users within few weeks of its launch. As a result of its uniqueness, Sliide Airtime, fortune is smiling on the owners of the app.
Singularity Investments announces today that it has invested an undisclosed sum into Sliide Airtime. Singularity believes the investment further confirms its commitment to the Nigerian telecoms market and follows last month’s investment in Lagos-based corporate market intelligence startup, Asoko Insight.
In a statement made available to PageOne.ng, Issam Darwish, Singularity’s Investments Principal said: “Sliide has an innovative business model that enables operators and consumer brands to achieve sustainable customer engagement in competitive environments, while enhancing the value of the mobile experience for their customers. We believe that, by combining the innovative ideas and skills of the Sliide team with our expertise in scaling pan-African businesses, the Sliide platform is just the first of the company’s disruptive mobile-based products that will add tremendous value to the mobile ecosystem across Africa.”
Sliide Airtime launched Africa’s first lock screen content delivery platform in Nigeria in March. The platform provides users with a new way of accessing content from their mobile devices, while simultaneously earning free airtime. After entering information about their interests, users receive personalised content as soon as they wake their phone, including news and entertainment handpicked from local and international media sources as well as branded and sponsored content.
Sliide Airtime provides advertisers with a new and unique platform to reach consumers through their most prized and most frequently used device – the mobile.
As to how Sliide Airtime get its ad inventory, the app partnered with a variety of organisations to deliver branded content, including Google, Facebook’s Audience Network, and Twinpine, the largest mobile advertising network in Africa and part of Africa’s leading digital media business, Terragon Group.
An elated Corbyn Munnik, CEO and co-founder of Sliide Airtime, said “The response to our launch in Nigeria was phenomenal and exceeded expectations. Our business model has proven successful, and we welcome Singularity’s involvement as we continue to grow the company.”
Sliide Airtime will be using the Singularity investment to expand its operations in Nigeria, while a further funding round is planned for later this year to finance expansion into South Africa, Ghana and Kenya.
Nigeria’s telecom market is the biggest in Africa. According to the GSMA’s Digital Inclusion and the Role of Mobile in Nigeria report published in October 2015, mobile connectivity in the country now reaches more than 83 million unique subscribers, or 45% of Nigeria’s population. However “
Africa Market Outlook, published by Ovum, a research company, in November 2015, says that “Nigeria has the largest mobile market on the continent in terms of subscriptions with 139.3 million subscriptions at the end of 2014.”
Sliide Airtime is a privately-held technology company with offices in Lagos and London. Its content delivery platform is changing the way people interact with their phones by subsidising their airtime.
The team brings years of experience in the mobile, software, and advertising industries, along with a company-wide entrepreneurial spirit.
Sliide believes that, with services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Eskimi all growing in popularity in Nigeria, there is an increasing need to find new ways to help Nigerians afford internet access. The Sliide Airtime service gives consumers the ability to earn free airtime, whilst also keeping up-to-date with all their favorite news and gist.
Singularity Investments is a private investment vehicle led by one of Africa’s most prominent and successful entrepreneurs, Issam Darwish, Founder, CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of IHS Towers. Singularity’s business strategy involves investing in technology, media and telecommunications companies, with a special focus on early and growth stage disruptive technologies. Singularity has a highly experienced board and management team that has a proven track record in Africa and North America.