Kiakiaprint, a print on-demand startup in Nigeria announces that is has expanded its services beyond Africa into the United States of America and Canada.
In July 2020, the print on-demand company partnered with Canva, an online design and publishing company. A deal which allows its Nigerian and South African customers to either upload a design, hire a designer or use Canva’s designs before printing.
Reason for the expansion.
A month before the partnership with Kiakiaprint, Canva, the Australian-based online design company had raised US$ 60 million putting its valuation to US$ 6 billion. The global design business has more than 30 million users. Its partnership with Kiakiaprint will ensure that it brings Africa’s small business owners into its fold.
In an interview with Techpoint Africa, the CEO of Kiakiaprint, the print on-demand business, Tunde Ademuyiwa was upbeat about their new journey of going global saying, “We have technology that anybody in the world can use, so we felt let’s get out there and capture real value.”
The good news about the print on-demand startup’s expansion to the US and Canada is that, Kiakiaprint still maintains its talent in Nigeria and the US office is also overseen by one of the co-founders, Bunmi Ade.
The business has already expanded into South Africa and the hopeful Ademuyiwa epxlained, “South Africa is growing, but we need more partners. So far, we’ve been limited by the pandemic, but we see that changing next year as we intend to double down on our progress.”
As entrepreneurship is always about spotting weaknesses in the market and providing solutions, Tunde Ademuyiwa revealed that one of the reasons Kiakiaprint expanded was to exploit some loopholes it noticed in the US and Canadian markets. These countries are two of the major markets in the online printing business.
Find more on this story about Kiakiaprint, the print on-demand startup, at Techpoint Africa.
9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding
Intrepid Entrepreneurs, a non-profit designed to catalyze the power and promise of young people and women to fundamentally advance their societies, recruited nine startups for the inaugural cohort of the Next Health Accelerator.
Female, African entrepreneurs with a minimum viable product (MVP) from 26 countries applied to the program. After a rigorous review process, nine startups from seven countries were selected to begin the program in March 2021. The investor readiness accelerator is six months long and includes $15,000 seed funding, international mentors and partners, business support services, and value chain access.
The Next Health Accelerator’s focus on sexual and reproductive health is founded on the premise that unmet needs for sexual education, menstrual hygiene management, family planning, medication abortion, and STI diagnosis and treatment will be most sustainably delivered by local African enterprises.
Sexual and Reproductive Health issues directly affect 300 million women and girls on the continent and the productivity of the entire continent. For the continent to prosper and support its burgeoning youth population, it must harness the demographic dividend with access to equitable healthcare and economic opportunities. Next Health Accelerator addresses both.
The 2021 cohort includes:
- Rocket Health: Provides telemedicine and pharmacy services for SRH needs including convenient lab test retrieval and medication delivery in Uganda
- Verifie: Delivers STI self-tests and treatment products via doorstep delivery in Ghana
- Pharmaserve: Specializes in delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in Nigeria through a fully integrated inventory monitoring system
- Girls Pride: Provides menstrual hygiene management education and skills training to create reusable pads in The Gambia
- Pad-Up Creations: Employs over 100 people in Nigeria to produce single-use, chemical-free pads sold in 16 countries
- Valorigo: Manufacturers single-use sanitary eco-friendly pads made from locally grown bamboo in the Congo
- The Grace Cup: Delivers SRH education and reusable menstrual cups in Kenya
- Kosmotive: Provides SRH information and access to SRH self-care products in Rwanda
- Massira: Delivers SRH information interactively as well as access to SRH services and products through an online community in Ghana
Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,
She continued that, development policies made in Washington, D.C. or London need to make room for the power and promise of the youth and women on the African continent. And on this premises, their Next Health Accelerator catalyzes African startups to investor readiness to make scalable, sustainable impact imbued with the commitment and determination that only comes from homegrown ideas.
Visit the intrepidentrepreneurs.org to learn more about the Next Health Accelerator 2021.
Got News for us?
Submit Press Release/News: Have you recently launched your startup, raised funding or any news about your company? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to share your story with the world!