As we expect to see new and exciting web and mobile 2.0 startups and applications to be launched in 2010, I thought it would be nice to profile some of the start-ups that were launched in 2009 (or yet to be launched).
I’ve made an attempt to diversify the list of startups around several markets, and while this is a list of the most promising startups I’ve found, they are by no means the best:)
Update: I’ve added two more startups to this list and would be adding more soon…In no particular order, here’s my list of Nigeria’s web startups to watch in 2010.
Note: This list has been updated.
Kukurooku is a microblogging site like Twitter that lets you “cluck” a 160 limit update about what you’re doing. “Kukurooku” is a sound produced by birds (especially cocks). With Kukurooku, you can “flock” other people and have other people “flock” you too. Kukurooku.com was founded by Julius E. Sea Jr.
Naijaborn is a custom built social networking engine that creates a searchable, detailed, user-generated database of the global Nigerian community. It is the place to find Nigerians and their creations. It features profiles of active members, a public user-generated blog; status updates features, and a place for users to upload music, art and other media from their experiences. Naijaborn.com was co-founded by Francis Oghuma.
Kilonshele is an e-commerce site that provides ticket sales, marketing and distribution services as well as connects the world to live entertainment events in Nigeria by providing up-to-date information on live events and giving fans opportunity to buy tickets conveniently. Kilonshele.com was co-founded by Jide Browne. I reviewed Kilonshele here briefly.
Jobberman is the most intuitive job search engine in Nigeria and integrates the best of web 2.0 applications and social media tools in finding the right talents and jobs easily and at the most competitive rates. Jobberman.com was co-founded by Ayodele Adewunmi.
Taafoo is a free subscription service that lets you stay hooked-up through your mobile phone with celebrities, personalities, groups, interesting people, businesses and others by receiving short entertaining or information text alerts called “taafs” directly from them on your mobile phone. Taafoo.com was founded by Femi Adebiyi. See my review here.
ConnectNigeria.com is a free crowd-sourced and search-friendly database of businesses, companies and entrepreneurs. With ConnectNigeria.com, you can find information about jobs, autos, real estate, travel, entertainment, sport and everything you need all in one place. Disclosure: I’m part of the Product & Content Development Team of this new portal.
OnePage is a new and easy way to share your contact details. OnePage lets you put all your contact details including email address, website, blog, MSN/Yahoo! Messengers, Facebook and Twitter accounts, etc., in one place. You just need to give out your OnePage ID (username) and you can be reached everywhere. MyOnePage.com was co-founded by Osita “Oo” Nwoye.
MyRadeo is a microblogging service for music that lets you share and discover songs with your friends. “It’s like Twitter for songs or Pandora if your friends pick the songs for you”. MyRadeo.com was founded by Aneto Okonkwo.
1spotSearch (similar to Kayak.com) is a flight/fare aggregation site that lets you compare flight schedules and prices when finding flights within Nigeria.
Gistcaster is a social messenger that helps you to share and discover what’s happening right now around you. It also has a mobile version that lets you share and discover wetin dey happen right now, around you. Gistcaster.com was founded by Ademola Morebise.
Waaazap! is a communications platform that helps people stay in touch with friends and share content with anyone using custom-built special tools. With Waaazap!, you can create, discover and share content with friends and people from around the world. Waaazap.com was founded by Bambo Oyelaja.
Mammaput is a crowdsourced directory of eateries in Nigeria. A comprehensive set of APIs will be available for developers to build ‘location-aware’ mobile applications around available data. Mammaput.com was founded by Ezra Olubi.
Note: This list has been updated.
My final thoughts
No doubt Nigeria’s startup scene is gradually evolving and deserves attention, although some startups tend to copy from their friends book, or better still from Facebook.
From my radar, I’ve equally seen that some nerds are busy building smart apps and tools that would provide solutions to local issues. I’ll be profiling some of these technopreneurs in a future post. Update: I’m compiling a directory of startups and tech entrepreneurs to be made available soon.
Later this year, I’ll be putting together a StartupCamp, an unconference-style event dedicated to bringing entrepreneurs, technologists, business strategists, and potential investors within Nigeria’s Web 2.0 startup community and beyond together for a face-to-face, collaborative meetup where the attendees will drive the agenda.
If you’ve got a great app or startup you want to promote (free of charge), you can pitch it to me (send two-liner info about your startup, category, launch year and logo) via startupsnigeria (at) gmail.com
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