Connect with us

Tech

Nigerian food-tech startup, Orda, secures $3.4m seed funding to digitize African restaurants

Published

on

Nigerian food-tech startup, Orda, has secured a $3.4 million seed funding aimed at pursuing its dream of digitizing restaurants across the African continent.

Founded in 2020 by Guy Futi, Fikayo Akinwale, Mark Edomwande, Kunle Ogungbamila, and Namir El-Khouri, Orda, which provides a cloud-based restaurant operating system, has the “vision of helping small-sized African restaurants optimize their business and achieve sustainable growth,” according to the Futi who is the startup’s CEO.

Since announcing its first fundraising in January, Orda has grown its customer base to more than 600 restaurants across Nigeria and Kenya and is now processing over 500% more weekly orders for its customers, he said.

“From day one, Orda has been focused on building solutions for small and medium-sized restaurants.

“These businesses operate with slim profit margins and the power of Orda’s software and financial solutions can catapult their business.

“Our goal is to provide end-to-end solutions that help them optimize their operations so they become more prosperous.

“Small independent restaurants are the soul of Africa’s food service industry, representing the largest segment of the $50 billion industry. However, these restaurants have had limited access to technology solutions tailored to their needs,” Futi said.

This growth, he says, is due to an obsession with helping small and medium-sized restaurants run their businesses better.

“We believe we can accurately predict when a restaurant needs a cash injection or a small loan and are looking to work with partners who can provide those services,” said Futi.

Tech

Kenyan techpreneur wins Microsoft’s 2022 MVP award

Published

on

A Kenyan techpreneur, Shadrack Kiprotich, has been awarded the coveted 2022 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for “actively sharing high-quality expertise with other technology professionals.”

Kiprotich made the list of over 3,000 awardees worldwide for the Microsoft MVPs, which is an “elite group of experts who share a passion for technology, a willingness to help others, and a commitment to community, making them exceptional leaders who contribute to the industry’s success through knowledge-sharing to solve problems,” according to Microsoft’s website.

After the announcement on Monday, Kiprotich, who was also nominated in the Business Applications category, said he will continue to “deliver amazing work in his local community and will hope to open up more opportunities for others to do the same.”

“The MVP award program will play a huge role in my journey since this is something I love; advocating for tech for all and making contributions to the community,” he told journalists in Nairobi.

“As the only Kenyan MVP at the moment, I am looking forward to more people joining the program and we will be able to grow the MVP community in Kenya and get to empower more people,” Kiprotich said.

Ruth Ferland, the Microsoft Africa Development Center Senior Program Manager for Ecosystem Engagements, noted that Shadrack’s journey to the award indicated the importance of introducing technical skills early, and maintaining a strong talent development pipeline for the technology industry.

“As we congratulate Shadrack Kiprotich for his unwavering efforts to becoming one of the elite global technology professionals, we must consider the value of providing technical skills early on in people’s lives,” said Ferland.

Kiprotich who holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, picked up his programming skills by learning from a friend and honed them in the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors program, before going on to be a team lead in Season 2 of the Microsoft Game of Learners hackathon in 2021.

Continue Reading

Tech

Equitorial Guinea accuses French telecoms operator, Orange SA, of giving away its domain name

Published

on

Equatorial Guinea has accused French telecoms giant, Orange SA, of “fraudulently” giving out its “.gq” domain name to the Netherlands, thus forcing the African country’s institutions to pay to use the domain.

The country’s Vice President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who made the accusations on Saturday, said officials in Equatorial Guinea had “discovered that the French from the Orange company engaged in fraudulent manipulation by ceding our domain .gq to the Dutch”.

The .gq domain name, according to local media, was launched in 1997 by Equatorial Guinean mobile operator, Getesa, but was reported to be prone to spam, phishing and other malicious use.

While speaking at a press conference, Nguema said:

“Now, we have to pay them to use our own domain, which makes it challenging to set up an institutional website with .gq for the country,” he said at a press conference.

“What have we done to France for it to plunder African countries in this manner? We are once again hindered by their trickery. The West should stop taking advantage of Africa,” he added.

This is not the first time the son of long-serving President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, has accused European countries of various infractions in his country.

He has previously accused the United States, Spain and France of interfering in his country’s internal affairs.

In one of such instances, a French court in 2020, fined him €30 million for embezzling public funds, giving him a suspended jail term and ordering the confiscation of his assets.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

VenturesNow2 hours ago

Progress as Kenya’s January 2023 inflation rate slows to 9.0%

The Kenyan statistics office has revealed that the country’s inflation rate slowed to 9.0% year-on-year in January from 9.1% a...

VenturesNow3 hours ago

Nigeria’s legislature approves extra $2.2 bln central bank loans to government

Nigeria’s debt crisis isn’t going away anytime soon as the country’s lower house of parliament has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request...

Sports1 day ago

Jose Mourinho extols Nigerian forward, Victor Osimhen, after wonder goal

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has heaped praises on Nigerian forward, Victor Osimhen, after the striker scored a wonder goal which...

Tech1 day ago

Kenyan techpreneur wins Microsoft’s 2022 MVP award

A Kenyan techpreneur, Shadrack Kiprotich, has been awarded the coveted 2022 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for “actively sharing...

Strictly Personal1 day ago

Tinubu and ghosts of fuel scarcity, new naira notes, By Festus Adebayo

In a piece I wrote entitled A O M’erin J’oba At Tinubu’s Colloquium(April 1, 2018) I warned that the man who...

Metro1 day ago

Somali military tribunal jails wife of Islamic State leader eight years

A Somali military tribunal has sentenced the wife of a leader of the Islamic State terrorist group to eight years...

Metro1 day ago

30 killed, 20 missing as tropical storm, Cheneso, sweep across Madagascar

At least 30 people have been confirmed killed while 20 are missing following flooding and landslides caused by a tropical...

Politics1 day ago

South African judge, Piet Koen, to ‘rescue’ self from ex-president Jacob Zuma case

The trial judge in the corruption case of former South African President Jacob Zuma has announced at a hearing that...

Culture1 day ago

Hollywood actor, Idris Elba, to open film studio in Tanzania

Hollywood British actor, Idris Elba, has concluded plans to invest in a major film studio in Tanzania, Director of the...

Musings From Abroad1 day ago

US Secretary, Anthony Blinken, reveals concern over human rights in Egypt

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken has revealed that the US is concerned over human right abuses in...

Trending