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Startups get $2.5b funding in five years

Startups get $2.5b funding in five years

Startups in Nigeria have raised about $2.5 billion in the last five years, according to various data explored by our correspondence

The amount represented aggregate funding, which startups received between 2017 and  last year.

For instance last year, startups operating across several sectors raised $1.37 billion. This was out of about $4 billion funding that startups in Africa received.

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One of the biggest success stories was Chipper Cash, which raised a total of $250 million. On the whole, Nigeria boasts of over 200 deals for the year.

According to analysts, financial technology services contributed 73.5 percent as Nigerian startups raised $1.09 billion. In 2020, Nigerian startups raise $117,481,508.

The key companies, which benefited from funding included Flutterwave,54 Gene, Helium health,Kuda bank,TradeDepot,Field Intelligence, Medsaf, Autochek and Rensource.

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In 2019, Nigerian tech startups got $663.24 million out of the  $1.34 billion raised in funding in Africa, according to the Decoding Venture Investments. Foremost among them were Interswitch, OPay, Andela and Palmpay, which accounted for most of the top venture deals on the continent.

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In 2018, startups raised $ $178.3 million. That year,   Google gave out $2million in grants to 12 Nigerian companies in the inaugural African edition of the Google Impact Challenge.

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